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
Saunton East offers something courses with clifftop thrills rarely can – namely the maintaining of an excellent standard from first to last.
England, GB & Ireland, Value and Devon
A special golf course that may be without exact parallel anywhere in the world, let alone within Britain. The closest thing to Augusta National this side of the Atlantic.
GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun and England
The epitome of old-fashioned links golf In England. This eccentric, unique, traditional and uncompromising course is very much reflected in the clubhouse and membership.
GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Value, England and Sussex
An all-world opening stretch with views from every hole on a links of real pedigree. There are few places a golfer would rather be than Royal Porthcawl.
Cardiff, GB & Ireland, Swansea, Wales and Value
Notts Hollinwell offers one of the finest examples of traditional heathland golf in Great Britain, rivalling many of the more famous Surrey courses of this style.
GB & Ireland, Value, England and East Midlands
Eccentric to the point of being obtuse at times, its simple design should be studied by any budding architect and those with even a passing interest in the game’s past.
GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Value, England and Norfolk
DJ Russell's reimagining of The Machrie is vastly different to what was here before, but once again the Isle of Islay has a links to be proud of.
GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun and Value
County Louth is a seaside course of rare consistency, beautifully draped across its landscape, only lightly bunkered and never forced.
Dublin, GB & Ireland and Ireland
It’s taken a while for Hillside to gain this sort of acknowledgement, but a day out round here is guaranteed to satisfy the senses.
GB & Ireland, England and North West Coast
Despite its remote location, Silloth remains nothing less than a delight to those intrepid golfers prepared to venture beyond the beaten track.
GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun, Value, England and Cumbria