It's the list of lists: our guide to the best golf courses in Great Britain and Ireland. Starring the likes of The Old Course, Royal County Down, Muirfield and Royal St George's – but not necessarily in that order
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GB & Ireland
Royal County Down is a dreamy, awe-inspiring course, an assault on the senses. If you do not fall in love with it then perhaps links golf is not for you.
GB & Ireland, Ireland and Northern Ireland
Time and again, you are asked to execute a shot of difficulty, but Muirfield always tells you exactly what is required. The rest is simply up to you.
GB & Ireland, East Lothian and Scotland
The Old Course is the very cradle of the game – the place where it all began. Nowhere on the planet can match its atmosphere. Nor, in truth, is there another course quite like it.
Fife, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Value and Scotland
Following Martin Ebert's reimagining of what was already a great links, the famous Trump Turnberry Ailsa is now truly one of the very finest courses in Great Britain and Ireland.
Ayrshire, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun and Scotland
Framed by the beautiful sea, the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush, famed for being the only non-British mainland host of The Open, is a special place.
Royal Birkdale's unparalleled status within English golf has become less a matter of opinion than a statement of fact in the eyes of many good judges.
England, GB & Ireland, North West Coast, England, GB & Ireland and North West Coast
Do not let Carnoustie’s reputation put you off a visit to what is one of the finest links in the world. Golf was never supposed to be easy.
GB & Ireland and Scotland
The 2021 Open Championship venue is England's most intriguing links Here, fairways dissolve into rough hillocks and unseen hollows gather imprecise approaches. It's gloriously old-fashioned and simply brimming with bold architectural flourishes.
England, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun and Kent
Portmarnock is about more than just aesthetics. It is an Irish Muirfield and much like its Scottish counterpart, is adored by golf’s very best players.
Dublin, GB & Ireland and Ireland
It cannot be denied that the host of the 2012 Open has a certain aura. It is unrelenting, demanding and at times barbarically difficult.
GB & Ireland, England and North West Coast