Ultimate guidance for our top 100 UK and Ireland courses

Dream 18. He has a beautiful ring, right? We thought so too. Earlier this summer, GOLF unveiled its first-ever 100 courses in the UK and Ireland, a list that honored some of the world’s best and most popular courses, but also highlighted some little-known gems you can play at a bargain price. .

This is the beauty of golf outside. can access. Affordable, affordable, affordable. cheerful. quirky; We can go on and on. But going forward, we wanted to create a list within a list, a list that would revolve around the best of the best when it comes to some of the best courses in the world.

So here’s the deal. Exclusively for InsideGOLF members, we commissioned GOLF Engineering Editor Ran Morrissett to find the top 18 holes out of the 100 courses in the ranking, and he did an even better job: he even kept the list correct for the hole numbers. For example, the ninth hole on our list is actually the ninth hole in that particular path.

No cycle is listed twice, and this par-72 directive contains 10 par-4s, 4 par-3s and 4 par-5s, and each nine has two par-3s and two par-5s.

So, without further ado, we bring you Dream 18 of the top 100 UK and Ireland ranking courses. Start salivating.

number. 1/ Machrihanish, 425 yards, par-4

We realize our dream 18 in progress in the most breathtaking way. Imagine a small pro shop, a tee along a cliff, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean 20 feet below, and a beach in front that you have to carry as the boardwalk swings left and heads to the beach. This opening bout is one of – some say it is – the game’s greatest diagonal starting point and goes back to Old Tom Morris in 1879. Alistair Mackenzie was a frequent visitor to these links and no doubt admired the plump nature of the first stage. Green, which starts one of the largest combinations of green pools in the game.

No. 2/Huntercombe, 420 yards, par-4

This West London design, Willie Park Jr. is known for its few bunkers with this bunker-less hatch being a prime example of this. In the second, Park beautifully exploits the long, wide, right-to-left slope of the English countryside, both on the tee ball and in the approach. Should you shoot 1, 5 or 10 yards to the right of the green and watch the ball roll down onto the open shooting surface? By asking interesting questions about floor games, Park (in 1901!) showed how an indoor course can require a great deal of imagination to play like links.

The par-4 2nd at Huntercombe.

Ran Morissette

No. 3/Prestwick, 535 yards, bar-5

The central vault feature in the five holes cannot be overstated. Whether it’s Hell Bunker in St. Andrews or at Saraha Bunkers that Tillinghast has routinely used in places like Baltusrol and Baltimore CC, the question is an empty one: a player must run a tee ball to cross a fierce menace to keep the pitch to the green. Here, the sleeping cardinal’s lair that cuts across the boardwalk 160 yards from the green is as formidable as the danger.

No. 4 / Woking 350 Yard Bar 4

Woking has long been a design think tank. Stuart Patton had the wisdom to insert two stashes that looked like the principal’s nose at 16 in St Andrews in the center left of Tom’s Dunn driveway, exactly where the drive would like to finish. In the green area enter a left bunker and the green corner is from the front from the right to the back left. Does the golfer have the guts to get in between the fairway shelters and the railroad bottom right? If so, it has a good angle with a short iron in the green. Member Tom Simpson sat on the hillside behind the tee and marveled for hours at how central menace combined with the green corner made this a strategic marvel. Simpson has continued to contribute strongly to golf course engineering in places such as Morfontaine, Ballybunion and Cruden Bay.

4 Bar -4 in Woking.

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No. 5/Royal Worlington and Newmarket, 160 yards, par-3

Square to the yard, this might be the most stressful shot in our dream 18. It doesn’t need length, but rather relies on the cunning of the architect in covering the long narrow green on a ledge. Miss it to the left and the ball flies away in a hollow known as Moog Swamp and miss it on the right and the ball heads toward a stream. The origin of the phrase “world’s shortest par-5” is obscure but it applies here!

No. 6/Crudden Bay, 530 yards, par-5

Par-5s built over 100 years ago are under siege from technological advances, and basically need to rely on a neat green complex to keep the barbarians at the gate. That’s what we find here and this hole actually urges you to go in two, which is when the fireworks start. The burn intersects the width of the fairway near the green and the height of the burn bank is 15 feet on the straight line to the green after the large tee ball. Being short is obviously neither good nor tall, as the mounting surface is heavily skewed from the back to the front. Being prudent is often the best part of valor, thanks to this powerful green complex.

The par-5 6th in Cruden Bay.

Patrick Koenig

number. 7 / Benard 350 yards bar-4

Although the ruins of 12th-century Benard Castle are only 80 yards to the right of the green, the eye nonetheless is drawn directly to one of the game’s most slick trails. Where the tee ball might bounce in the lap of the gods – just hope you’re not in a small hole 60 yards from the green. Extraction from this vault in a single shot is not guaranteed, given its close face to the vertical vault. The green simulates an aisle with plenty of ripples with a top left shelf providing the toughest hole locations. Pure Wales charm with the Bristol Channel as the backdrop.

No. 8/St. George’s Hill 180 yards, par-3

No one has been better than Harry Colt at incorporating a shallow valley into the design of Bar-3. Notable examples abound around London. This often-shot is particularly satisfying, thanks to its sloping nature that allows you to see your shot in full play and the satisfaction of passing your tee ball past the intense forward hazards before the green.

par-3 8th in St. George’s Hill.

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No. 9 / Lahinch 400 yards par-4

Alastair Mackenzie made drastic changes when he worked at Lahinch in the 1920s. The piece resistance may be a green rack 55 yards deep but narrow. Landforms shift your tee ball to the left while this green begs to approach from the high right side. The downhill course insists on placing the ball over the feet of the right hand and the resulting drag is likely not the desired outcome because the golfer soon finds himself in a hollow grass hole below the shooting surface. One of the cornerstones of the attractiveness of golf ties is the need to make extreme adjustments to your stance and settings.

No. 10 / Ardvin 175 yards par-3

Australian architect Bob Harrison has been keen to make the holes in the Ardfin play well in all winds, which routinely occur in the Inner Hebrides on the Isle of Jura. Playback options abound at nearly every hole – but here. In fact, the only rule of thumb in design is that rules have to be broken. The tees are located along a cliff, followed by a rocky enclave filled with canyons left over from centuries of coastal erosion, and green on the far side. Forced Conveyance is – by definition – relentless, but this is so epic, that its location along the waterway separating Jura and Islay was so stunning that the pit had to be built. Harrison, invisible from the tee, provides a short rescue area of ​​grass to the right of the green, but for those brave enough to successfully take the beeline, the adrenaline rush has a few equals in golf.

The par-3 10th at Ardfin.

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No. 11 / Royal North Devon 395 yards par-4

A variety of risks lends the course its clear identity. West is! (as the course is often referred to) throws a lot at the golfer, including Great Sea Rushes at No. 10-12. They can cheat most things, so to say they are some of the game’s most intimidating dangers is no exaggeration! In the eleventh, it limits both the left and right sides of the fairway, making the tee ball one of the most tense in these ancient ties. It’s great to see a sub-400 arena causing such panic; Every cycle you need a real spot piercing like this one.

No. 12/Sunningdale Old, 440 yards, par-4

It took two design giants to come up with this slot. First, Willie Park Jr. laid out the original playing lane and later Harry Colt moved the green 70 yards up and to the left to his current position. This hole holds a prestigious position in architecture and was so impressed by C.P. MacDonald that he made bottle hole designs afterwards.

The par-4 12th at Sunningdale Old.

Kevin Des

No. 13/Royal County Down, 445 yards, Bar-4

The County Down front end is widely considered golf’s top nine. However, for many, the best hole in the field is the banana-shaped one that cuts through a valley between sand dunes. Golfer A may try to drive it to the left and down the valley as far as possible as the green is likely to appear around the turn for one second. Golfer B may lie slightly to the right, before raising a blind approach up and over a bank of mustard and heather toward the black and white direction sign. Fortunately, shots can start from the right as there is plenty of short grass feeding on the open shooting deck. It’s hard to beat a pit that looks and acts tough but that also gives you room to play.

No. 14 / Old St. Andrews Stadium, 560 yards, Bar -5

“Option is full” is a phrase that is overused in golf but no other phrase is more appropriate to describe this phrase. There are more than a dozen ways to plan your way through this long shooter trio. You’ll likely start by lowering your tee ball on the relatively flat Elysian Fields, and then the golfer discusses any number of potential shots, including how to handle a Hell Bunker. Even if all goes well, the green plateau acts as the final defense, as balls fall in every direction.

The par-5 14th at the Old Course at St. Andrews Andrews.

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No. 15/Ballybunion Old, 210 yards, par-3

If one view best captures the allure of golf in a foreign country, it’s this one standing on tee number 15 at Ballybunion. From the elevated tee, the golfer has an exhilarating view of the two-tiered green, nestled among the dunes with Atlantic waves lapping right behind. The heart sings because this is human versus nature at its most dramatic and unfiltered best.

No. 16/North Berwick 380 yards bar-4

The most copied hole in the game (The Redan) precedes this hole and highlights the spotlight, but this hole may have the most muddy green of the golf links. It plays like the Biarritz green in the sense that the green consists of two plateaus with a valley separating them, molded at a 45-degree angle to the fairway. Knowing how to make your ball stop at the hump that houses the hole site today is one of those magical moments where you wish you had a small bag of balls and could keep hitting the approach until you got it right.

Bar-4 16 in North Berwick.

Shawn Zack

number. 17/ Prora, 430 yards, bar-4

This gritty slinger wrestler follows in the footsteps of the Road Hole in that of the toughest on the track as the penultimate hole often makes for a thrilling result. Without a doubt, this is Brora’s toughest hole thanks to the fescue covered in the middle of the fairway. The way you steer depends on the wind, so your tee pitching order changes on a daily basis. The upper right side allows you to get to a level approach with the green, albeit from a slanted lie. The safer lower left side of the fairway is more level but the front left green bunker is now an issue. Don’t miss this James Pride course when your next time in Scotland; Some consider it his best design.

No. 18/Castle Stewart, 590 yards, par-5

The best finishing holes produce a wide range of results while still leaving the golfer wanting more. This 1/2-hole fit fits this bill as well as any with its lane that winds down toward the signature white club in Art Deco style. Rolling over fifty yards is common downwind of tee balls and the question then is can a golfer hold the broken ground and reach the green in two parts? It’s an attractive proposition that calls for return rounds. There is also a safe path from the left, so golfers of all abilities enjoy playing it.

The par-5 18th at Castle Stuart.

Stephen Surlig

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