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
NCG TOP 100s
GB & Ireland
This is a links in the old-fashioned sense, as greens lie atop plateaux, or else in hollows, and the turf is firm. Yet Cruden Bay is as quirky as they come, and is all the better for it.
Aberdeen, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Scotland and Value
As much by skill as by strength – is the club’s motto. Take due note. To do well here you will have to seduce rather than overpower Royal Troon.
GB & Ireland, Scotland and Ayrshire
American designer Tom Fazio's work means Waterville is a links that combines tradition with bold invention, and on barely a single hole does the pace slacken.
GB & Ireland, Ireland and West Coast of Ireland
The Ayrshire coastline is blessed with some of Britain's finest links courses, and the simply stunning Western Gailes is up there with the very best.
Ayrshire, GB & Ireland, Scotland and Value
Lahinch, the Irish St Andrews, has only in the past few years begun to fulfil its true potential as one of the very best. A raw, rugged and brilliant links.
GB & Ireland, Ireland, West Coast of Ireland and GB & Ireland Fun
Unforced and endlessly varied, The Island is the most natural of links. Surrounded on three sides by water, this course is for those seeking the real deal in top-quality Irish links golf.
Dublin, GB & Ireland and Ireland
Is Trump International already the greatest course in the world? Certainly not. Could it be one day? Possibly. Either way, this is a course worth playing.
Aberdeen, GB & Ireland, Scotland and Value
A natural heathland course, Alwoodley features eye-catching and naturalistic-looking bunkers, strategic choices, and large, often undulating greens.
England, GB & Ireland, Yorkshire and Value
The premier course at the premier resort in Europe, The Gleneagles King's continues to improve despite being close to perfection already.
GB & Ireland, Scotland and GB & Ireland Fun
A rare inland links where the tees are as smooth as greens, Ganton has been shared by some of the great names of golf course architecture and has hosted many championships