Tick off the Unique courses you have played and compete with others

Top 100 Links in Great Britain & Ireland 2023

Golf was invented and bred on the links. Most links have been around for a hundred years or more
The British Golf Museum defines a links as: “Land near the coast characterized by undulating terrain, often associated with dunes, infertile sandy soil and indigenous grasses such as marram, sea lyme, and the fescues and bents which, when properly managed, produce the fine textured turf for which links are famed.”
There is something special about links courses that inland courses cannot replicate.
Links golf is the essence of this game. This list of the TOP 100 links courses in the UK & Ireland is inspired by www.golfworldtop100.com
The proximity of the Sea, turf, sand dunes, terrain, grass, heathers, burrows, and wind... Nothing is better in golf than genuine, pure, authentic links places.

* Castle Course is included in this list as links, but we do not consider it as links in the True Links category.

Courses

Rank Course Players
1 St. Andrews Links – The Old Course 703
2 Royal County Down Golf Club – The Championship Links 413
3 Trump Turnberry – The Ailsa 503
4 Royal Dornoch – The Championship Course 485
5 Muirfield 382
6 Royal Portrush Golf Club – The Dunluce Course 406
7 Royal St. George's Golf Club 360
8 Royal Birkdale Golf Club 345
9 North Berwick Golf Club - West Links 503
10 Kingsbarns Golf Links 542
11 Ballybunion Golf Club – The Old Course 369
12 Portmarnock Golf Club – The Championship Course 388
13 Carnoustie Golf Links – The Championship Course 568
14 Lahinch Golf Club – The Old Course 343
15 Cruden Bay Golf Club – The Championship Course 412
16 Royal Troon Golf Club – The Old Course 374
17 Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – The St. Patrick’s Links 76
18 Cabot Highlands - former Castle Stuart Golf Links 380
19 Trump International Scotland 330
20 Waterville Golf Links 258
21 Skibo Castle - The Carnegie Club 111
22 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club 291
23 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 335
24 Royal Liverpool Golf Club 319
25 Prestwick Golf Club 414
26 Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – The Balgownie Course 342
27 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club 271
28 Machrihanish Golf Club – The Championship Course 279
29 St. Enodoc Golf Club – The Church Course 175
30 Rye Golf Club – The Old Course 173
31 Royal West Norfolk Golf Club 130
32 Machrie Golf Links 140
33 Formby Golf Club 255
34 Silloth on Solway Golf Club 137
35 Saunton Golf Club – The East Course 175
36 Western Gailes Golf Club 307
37 Burnham & Berrow Golf Club – Championship Course 181
38 Island Golf Club 219
39 County Louth Golf Club 172
40 Carne Golf Links – The Hackett 172
41 European Club 275
42 Trump Ireland Doonbeg 204
43 Royal St. David's Golf Club 179
44 Pennard Golf Club 159
45 County Sligo Golf Club – The Championship Course 207
46 Hunstanton Golf Club 128
47 Nairn Golf Club – The Championship Course 367
48 Gullane Golf Club – Nr. 1 373
49 Hillside Golf Club 221
50 West Lancashire Golf Club 168
51 Prince's Golf Club – The Composite - Himalayas, Shore and Dunes Courses (all 27 holes) 254
52 Tralee Golf Club 254
53 Machrihanish Dunes 207
54 Ballyliffin Golf Club – The Glashedy Links 200
55 Enniscrone Golf Club – The Dunes Course 189
56 Aberdovey Golf Club 157
57 Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – The Sandy Hills Links 170
58 Dumbarnie Links 121
59 The Golf House Club Elie Links – Elie and Earlsferry 229
60 Brora Golf Club 268
61 Royal North Devon Golf Club 162
62 St. Andrews Links – The New Course 453
63 Portstewart Golf Club – The Strand Course (Championship) 232
64 Southport & Ainsdale G.C. 205
65 Renaissance Club 199
66 Ballyliffin Golf Club – The Old Links 193
67 Castletown Golf Links 30
68 Hayling Golf Club 88
69 Dundonald Links 289
70 St. Andrews Links – The Castle Course 275
71 Southerness Golf Club 139
72 Panmure Golf Club 209
73 Dunbar Golf Club - East Links 268
74 Castlerock Golf Club – The Mussenden Course 148
75 Portsalon Golf Club 103
76 Narin & Portnoo Golf Club 103
77 Wallasey Golf Club 124
78 Seacroft Golf Club 70
79 Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club 137
80 Trevose Golf & Country Club 134
81 Conwy Golf Club 125
82 Littlestone Golf Club – The Championship Links 128
83 Seaton Carew Golf Club 71
84 Shiskine Golf Club 116
85 Murcar Links Golf Club 211
86 Fraserburgh Golf Club 128
87 Luffness New Golf Club 143
88 Moray Golf Club – The Old Course (Lossiemouth) 170
89 Glasgow Gailes Golf Club 198
90 Ashburnham Golf Club 94
91 Perranporth Golf Club 80
92 Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – The Old Tom Morris Links 143
93 Saunton Golf Club – The West Course 154
94 Connemara Championship Golf Links – The Championship Course 110
95 Gullane Golf Club – Nr. 2 338
96 Dooks Golf Club 144
97 Tenby Golf Club 92
98 Pyle and Kenfig Golf Course 126
99 Donegal Golf Club 147
100 Montrose Links – The 1562 Course / Medal 212

Ranking

Player Courses
1. Ed Battye 99
2. Joseph Andriole 98
2. Rex Tattersall 98
4. Brian Ward 97
4. Clyde Johnson 97
4. Pam Allen 97
7. Michael Bailey 95
7. Stuart Bendoris 95
7. Rob Smith 95
10. Erlend Malfait 93
11. Chris Bertram 91
11. Jim McCann 91
13. Alan B Ferguson 90
14. Thomas Dean 89
14. Sean Arble 89
16. Paul Kirkup 88
17. Stuart McLean 87
18. Tom Irwin 86
18. Harris Kaplan 86
20. James Pinkstone 85