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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 735
2 Royal County Down Golf Club – The Championship Links 431
3 Trump Turnberry – The Ailsa 527
4 Royal Dornoch – The Championship Course 509
5 Muirfield 401
6 Royal Portrush Golf Club – The Dunluce Course 422
7 Royal St. George's Golf Club 372
8 Royal Birkdale Golf Club 360
9 North Berwick Golf Club - West Links 523
10 Kingsbarns Golf Links 563
11 Ballybunion Golf Club – The Old Course 387
12 Portmarnock Golf Club – The Championship Course 399
13 Carnoustie Golf Links – The Championship Course 594
14 Lahinch Golf Club – The Old Course 361
15 Cruden Bay Golf Club – The Championship Course 438
16 Royal Troon Golf Club – The Old Course 397
17 Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – The St. Patrick’s Links 84
18 Cabot Highlands - former Castle Stuart Golf Links 396
19 Trump International Scotland 348
20 Waterville Golf Links 272
21 Skibo Castle - The Carnegie Club 118
22 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club 306
23 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 350
24 Royal Liverpool Golf Club 332
25 Prestwick Golf Club 438
26 Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – The Balgownie Course 370
27 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club 286
28 Machrihanish Golf Club – The Championship Course 296
29 St. Enodoc Golf Club – The Church Course 188
30 Rye Golf Club – The Old Course 185
31 Royal West Norfolk Golf Club 137
32 Machrie Golf Links 149
33 Formby Golf Club 270
34 Silloth on Solway Golf Club 150
35 Saunton Golf Club – The East Course 192
36 Western Gailes Golf Club 326
37 Burnham & Berrow Golf Club – Championship Course 195
38 Island Golf Club 233
39 County Louth Golf Club 179
40 Carne Golf Links – The Hackett 179
41 European Club 286
42 Trump Ireland Doonbeg 215
43 Royal St. David's Golf Club 198
44 Pennard Golf Club 170
45 County Sligo Golf Club – The Championship Course 216
46 Hunstanton Golf Club 135
47 Nairn Golf Club – The Championship Course 393
48 Gullane Golf Club – Nr. 1 388
49 Hillside Golf Club 231
50 West Lancashire Golf Club 179
51 Prince's Golf Club – The Composite - Himalayas, Shore and Dunes Courses (all 27 holes) 269
52 Tralee Golf Club 268
53 Machrihanish Dunes 219
54 Ballyliffin Golf Club – The Glashedy Links 207
55 Enniscrone Golf Club – The Dunes Course 198
56 Aberdovey Golf Club 166
57 Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – The Sandy Hills Links 177
58 Dumbarnie Links 140
59 The Golf House Club Elie Links – Elie and Earlsferry 245
60 Brora Golf Club 285
61 Royal North Devon Golf Club 181
62 St. Andrews Links – The New Course 481
63 Portstewart Golf Club – The Strand Course (Championship) 245
64 Southport & Ainsdale G.C. 216
65 Renaissance Club 207
66 Ballyliffin Golf Club – The Old Links 200
67 Castletown Golf Links 34
68 Hayling Golf Club 99
69 Dundonald Links 307
70 St. Andrews Links – The Castle Course 291
71 Southerness Golf Club 150
72 Panmure Golf Club 225
73 Dunbar Golf Club - East Links 284
74 Castlerock Golf Club – The Mussenden Course 155
75 Portsalon Golf Club 110
76 Narin & Portnoo Golf Club 108
77 Wallasey Golf Club 143
78 Seacroft Golf Club 75
79 Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club 147
80 Trevose Golf & Country Club 145
81 Conwy Golf Club 142
82 Littlestone Golf Club – The Championship Links 133
83 Seaton Carew Golf Club 82
84 Shiskine Golf Club 124
85 Murcar Links Golf Club 224
86 Fraserburgh Golf Club 146
87 Luffness New Golf Club 156
88 Moray Golf Club – The Old Course (Lossiemouth) 188
89 Glasgow Gailes Golf Club 213
90 Ashburnham Golf Club 107
91 Perranporth Golf Club 91
92 Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – The Old Tom Morris Links 150
93 Saunton Golf Club – The West Course 168
94 Connemara Championship Golf Links – The Championship Course 117
95 Gullane Golf Club – Nr. 2 355
96 Dooks Golf Club 154
97 Tenby Golf Club 102
98 Pyle and Kenfig Golf Course 138
99 Donegal Golf Club 151
100 Montrose Links – The 1562 Course / Medal 230

Ranking

Player Courses
1. Joseph Andriole 100
2. Rex Tattersall 99
2. Ed Battye 99
4. Pam Allen 98
4. Kirk Baert 98
6. Brian Ward 97
6. Erlend Malfait 97
6. Thomas Dean 97
6. Clyde Johnson 97
10. Michael Bailey 96
11. Stuart Bendoris 95
11. Rob Smith 95
13. James Pinkstone 92
14. Jim McCann 91
14. Chris Bertram 91
16. Alan B Ferguson 90
17. Sean Arble 89
18. Harris Kaplan 88
18. Paul Kirkup 88
20. Stuart McLean 87