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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A natural heathland course, Alwoodley features eye-catching and naturalistic-looking bunkers, strategic choices, and large, often undulating greens.
The premier course at the premier resort in Europe, The Gleneagles King's continues to improve despite being close to perfection already.
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