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
As befits a club where heritage and tradition rank higher than at most others, Royal Aberdeen bears all the hallmarks of classic Scottish links golf.
Aberdeen, GB & Ireland, Value and Scotland
This Harry Colt work of heathland genius in the heart of Surrey features a world-famous collection of short holes among its three loops of nine.
GB & Ireland, Value, England and Surrey
The Highlands has always been an extra special golfing retreat – think Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Brora – and thanks to Castle Stuart's creation it has been raised another notch.
GB & Ireland, Highlands, GB & Ireland Fun and Scotland
Royal Cinque Ports has the raw materials to host The Open soon again, with stunning views of the channel and a recently extended testing links set up.
England, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Kent and Value
For anyone with a golfing soul, who has a sense of adventure and is prepared to engage their brains, Pretswick remains quite simply a must-play.
Ayrshire, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Value and Scotland
Pulborough, as it is known to the locals, is a simply delightful place to play at any time of the year, but do not make the mistake of expecting a pushover.
GB & Ireland, Value, England and Sussex
A thinking man’s course studied in depth by the country's finest architects. There is most likely a hint of Woking at almost all of Britain’s finest inland venues.
GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Value, England and Surrey
The European is spectacular beyond belief in certain places, notably on the back nine when a succession of holes run parallel to the ocean.
Dublin, GB & Ireland and Ireland
In a historic region of seaside golf – most notably the three Open-hosting Royals of Lytham, Birkdale and Liverpool – Formby offers welcome respite.
GB & Ireland, Value, England and North West Coast
A wonderful links with an exceptional closing stretch, the holes vary wildly in terms of difficulty in length but are never anything less than compelling.
GB & Ireland, Value and England
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