91-100 Top 100 Golf Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

Golf Monthly's full list of the UK and Ireland's Top 100 courses

Ballybunion Golf Club Old Course with the top 100 UK and Ireland logo
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Murcar Links

(Image credit: Kevin Murray)
  • Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Founded: 1909
  • Designed by: Archie Simpson, James Braid and George Smith
  • Green fee: £140-£160
  • 23/24 ranking: Up 3

An excellent and enduring course deserving of wider acclaim. Bordering the more famous Royal Aberdeen, and arguably just a touch more forgiving, Murcar is a fabulous and traditional links with elevated tees, gorse and wide views out to sea.

The course really enters its stride down by the shoreline from the par-five 4th. From then on, great and engaging golf continues all the way.

- Murcar Links review and key info


Enniscrone from above

  • Location: Enniscrone, County Sligo, Ireland
  • Founded: 1918
  • Designed by: Eddie Hackett
  • Green fee: €175
  • 23/24 ranking: Up 3

Do not be fooled by the innocuous, Old Course-esque opening drive! Having signalled right for your approach to the first green, you then enter some of the finest and most attractive and dramatic dunes anywhere in the Top 100.

This Eddie Hackett design is simply one of the most entertaining and varied links in the country.

- Enniscrone Dunes review and key info


Woburn Duchess'

  • Location: Woburn, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Opened: 1978
  • Designed by: Charles Lawrie
  • Green fee: £209
  • 23/24 ranking: Down 1

Of all the courses in the Top 100, then from the tee, this is almost certainly the most demanding.

Beautiful pine trees line the fairways, at times like spectators straining to get a view making it scarily narrow at times. Accuracy is also vital on many approaches as the greens are relatively small, meaning that the Duchess’ requires a strategic, skilful approach.

- Woburn Duchess' review and key info


The Grove

(Image credit: Kevin Murray)
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Opened: 2003
  • Designed by: Kyle Phillips
  • Green fee: £115-£225
  • 23/24 ranking: Down 3

Designed by Kyle Phillips, this beautifully laid-out course flows naturally across an impressive swathe of mature parkland.

It played host to the WGC-American Express Championship won by Tiger in 2006 as well as the 2016 British Masters won by Alex Noren. The short holes are particularly appealing at The Grove. Conditioning and presentation is always excellent, even out of season.

- The Grove review and key info


Mount Juliet

  • Location: Mount Juliet, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Founded: 1991
  • Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
  • Green fee: €95-€170
  • 23/24 ranking: Down 7

Jack Nicklaus’ Irish masterpiece, laid out over a vast 500-acre Kilkenny estate, has matured beautifully over the course of three decades.

Magnificent beech and oak line the fairways with water a regular feature and challenge. Despite this, there is also a feeling of great space at Mount Juliet. Few modern Irish parkland courses can rival Mount Juliet for setting and strength of test.

- Mount Juliet review and key info


Broadstone GC

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  • Location: Broadstone, Dorset, England
  • Founded: 1898
  • Designed by: Harry Colt
  • Green fee: £125-£200
  • 23/24 ranking: Down 3

Tom Dunn laid out the original course in 1898 before a 1914 Harry Colt redesign introduced several new holes to take fuller advantage of its expansive heathland setting.

More recently, Frank Pont’s dramatic bunkering on a number of holes has brought back more of the original Colt flavour. Once you’ve played Broadstone once you’ll be eager to return again and again.

- Broadstone review and key info


Tandridge Golf Club 17th hole

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  • Location: Oxted, Surrey, England
  • Founded: 1924
  • Designed by: Harry Colt
  • Green fee: £100-£120
  • 23/24 ranking: Re-entry

This Harry Colt beauty deservedly climbs back into the top flight this time on account of excellent further progress under the guidance of architect Tim Lobb, and the course hitting peak condition in recent summers.

The testing down-and-up par-4 14th is perhaps the pick of several standout holes. Tandridge is a very solid test from start to finish, and the recent work has greatly enhanced both strategy and aesthetics.

- Tandridge review and key info



  • Location: Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Founded: 1894
  • Designed by: Willie Park Jr and Des Giffin
  • Green fee: £235
  • 23/24 ranking: Down 1

Just five miles west of Royal Portrush, the Strand Course at Portstewart is one of the very best golf courses in Northern Ireland and features one of the most exciting and visually attractive front nines in the Top 100.

Plans are being formed to enhance the back nine, but this is nonetheless a thrilling design. John Rahm won the 2017 Irish Open here and was very complimentary about the course.

- Portstewart Strand review and key info

Dundonald Links pictured

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  • Location: Gailes, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Founded: 2005
  • Designed by: Kyle Phillips
  • Green fee: £195 (£155 resident)
  • 23/24 ranking: New entry

This ever-improving links blends the best of the old and new. The Kyle Phillips design is a modern alternative to its traditional neighbours with many memorable holes.

These include the par-4 13th which hugs the railway line and where a burn awaits short of the larger-than-life, two-tiered green. With its new clubhouse and accommodation, Dundonald Links is fulfilling its original potential.

- Dundonald review and key info


Gleneagles - PGA Centenary - Hole 1

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  • Location: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Founded: 1993
  • Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
  • Green fee: £80-£450
  • 23/24 ranking: New entry

The Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup course has matured and been worked on extensively, thus meriting its place in our Top 100.

The dramatic Ochil Hills and Ben Vorlich, provide a stunning backdrop. It’s a fabulous, stadium-style layout with a moorland feel. It’s been a test for the best professionals but is also highly enjoyable for the average golfer.

- Gleneagles PGA Centenary review and key info

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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