Golf Monthly's Top 100 Golf Courses Assessment Criteria: Quality of test and design

Golf Monthly editor Michael Harris gives an insight into the criteria used to asses the courses for inclusion in the UK & Ireland Top 100 Course Rankings

QUALITY OF TEST AND DESIGN Is there a good balance of par 3s 4s and 5 Is there a good balance of longer and shorter par 4s How varied are the par 3s Is risk and reward a factor How well is the course defended by hazards and nature How well placed are the hazards How fair is the course Are there any weak holes on the course How well do the holes flow together from 1 – 18 Are a wide variety of shots tested and are you required to use most of the clubs in your bag How difficult is the course for your handicap category Looking back on your visit how memorable are the individual holes and the course as a whole

How Golf Monthly assess the Top 100 Golf Courses: Condition and Presentation

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Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.