With a mix of classic designs by Golden Age architects and modern masterpieces, Continental Europe has an exceptional array of courses – and this is the definitive ranking of them
NCG TOP 100s
What makes Morfontaine so special is the unrelenting quality of the holes. This is categorically the finest course in Continental Europe.
Sand, heather, pines and the nous of Colt unsurprisingly add up to Utrecht de Pan ranking as the second best in Continental Europe.
Les Bordes is a course of supreme luxury, exclusitively and mystery. It is tranquil and it is immaculate, but it is also unremittingly difficult.
One of the continent's most distinguished clubs and courses, Royal Hague's history and pedigree is trumped only by the outstanding variety of the holes.
The raunchy terrain of Fontainebleau enhances the wonderful experience at this venerable venue where no two holes resemble each other.
Valderrama has an aura, a status and a mystique that only a few courses around the world possess. Without doubt the most coveted round in our ranking.
Perhaps Troia's greatest strength is in not having a weak hole. You never seem to play a hole you feel lowers the quality of what is Portugal's best track.
Lofoten really is as epic as it looks. Its location is the most breathtakingly beautiful that you will ever experience on a golf course, bar none.
Well conditioned and well routed with lots of variety, the PGA Catalunya Stadium course is an impressive all-round modern layout.
The golf at the Kennemer is surprisingly quirky in places, with a couple of unusual holes that are rightly dictated by the lie of the land.