Golf World picks the best golf courses in Great Britain and Ireland.

Golf World prides itself on delivering authoritative course rankings and its GB&I Top 100 has been running for more than 25 years. For the first time this year the publication, in association with Polo Ralph Lauren, has ranked golf courses in the four home nations on an individual basis, so check below to see where our fantastic local courses have fared.

The rankings were decided by a specially-selected English panel that featured many of the country’s golfing luminaries including double Major winner Tony Jacklin, Ryder Cup star Oliver Wilson, European Tour winner Graeme Storm, broadcaster Bruce Critchley as well as leading course designers Martin Hawtree, Ross McMurray and Peter McEvoy.

The courses are ranked on a variety of factors such as aesthetic appeal, routing, conditioning and historical significance.

Of course we’ve always known that we are surrounded by the best golf courses in the UK. Now it’s confirmed with our local courses, Sunningdale Old and New and Wentworth West all listed in this year’s Golf World Top Ten.

1 – Royal Birkdale

SOUTHPORT, LANCASHIRE

 The pros love its flat fairways and lack of blind holes and these aspects also make England’s highest-ranked course very playable for amateurs.


2 – Sunningdale Old

SUNNINGDALE, BERKSHIRE

Not long by modern standards, and the occasional birdie is on offer, but its tight par keeps you honest.


3 – Woodhill Spa Hotckin

WOODHALL SPA, LINCOLNSHIRE

Built on sand, it’s always in fantastic condition and springy turf gives no excuse for poor iron shots.


4 – Royal Lytham & St Annes

LYTHAM ST ANNES, LANCASHIRE

Bordered by a railway line and red-brick houses, it has never produced a poor Open champion, from Jones to Duval.


5 – Royal Liverpool

HOYLAKE, MERSEYSIDE

Hoylake returned to The Open rota in 2006 and that dusty, scorched week reminded everyone what a fantastic course it is.


6 – Royal St George’s

SANDWICH, KENT

Sandwich was the first English course to host The Open (in 1894) and only St Andrews, Prestwick and Muirfield have staged it more times.


7 – Walton Heath Old

TADWORTH, SURREY

Both courses here were designed by Herbert Fowler but the Old is very much the brainchild of James Braid, who was professional here for nearly 50 years.


8 – Saunton East

BRAUNTON, NORTH DEVON

If the R&A were ever of a mind to add another English course to The Open rota away from the south east or north west, this would be the obvious choice.


9 – Wentworth West

VIRGINIA WATER, SURREY

Els’ significant changes in the last two years have had their critics, but Wentworth remains one of the best inland tests in England.


10 – Sunningdale New

SUNNINGDALE, BERKSHIRE

At 6,700 yards with a par of 70 it is no pushover despite being designed in 1923 and with only minor tweaks – apart from to the 18th – since then.