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 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.
England, GB & Ireland and GB & Ireland Fun
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.
England, GB & Ireland, Sussex and GB & Ireland Fun
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.
GB & Ireland, Swansea, Wales and Cardiff
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.
England, GB & Ireland 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.
England, GB & Ireland, Norfolk and GB & Ireland Fun
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, Scotland and GB & Ireland Fun
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.
England, GB & Ireland 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.
Cumbria, England, GB & Ireland and GB & Ireland Fun