Britain & Ireland

Golf Courses in Britain & Ireland

3,247 golf courses
Golf as we know it began on the shores of Scotland some half a millennium ago and spread quickly to Britain, while the Brits brought it to Ireland in the 1800s. Today there are over 2,000 courses in England, some 550 in Scotland and 500 in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that, all together, service nearly a million native golfers and countless visitors attracted by the history and the quality of the game in the region. It is impossible to do justice here to the richness of the golf experiences to be had in Great Britain and Ireland, but a brief survey will give a sense of the incredible riches. Among the storied courses of Scotland, pride of place goes to St. Andrews, where the standard of 18 holes was established, and the Royal and Ancient, which has served as the worldwide steward for the game for more than three centuries. The Old Course at St. Andrews has for years shared with Prestwick and Royal Musselburgh the privilege of hosting the game's most prestigious competition, The Open Championship. Mention must also be made of two other bastions of golf history and tradition, Muirfield and Carnoustie. And this just scratches the surface; there are countless superb Scottish courses; indeed, a player could remain within an hour's drive of St. Andrews and play a different fantastic course every day for two months without running out of new and thrilling experiences. England's renowned inland courses begin with Berkshire, Sunningdale and Wentworth near London, and include West Hill, Woking and Worplesdon, the so-called "W Courses," as well as Berkshire and Surrey. Wentworth is home to the BMW Championship, the main event on the European Tour, and serves as the Tour's headquarters. Nor is England without its links: when The Open has been held outside of Scotland, it has come to Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham near Blackpool, or to Royal St. Georges. Other important British golfing regions include Liverpool's "Golf Coast," the Norfolk coast, home to Hunstanton and Royal West Norfolk, Saunton Sands and Burnham and Barrow to the west, and to the south Broadstone and Ferndown. The Republic of Ireland boasts three of the finest links courses anywhere, Lahinch, Ballybunion and especially Portmarnock, where the Irish Open has been held 19 times, as well as the Walker Cups. It was Arnold Palmer's course at the K Club, however, that was home to the greatest achievement of the Irish golf establishment in recent years, the 2006 Ryder Cup. Northern Ireland's outstanding courses are Royal County Down and Royal Portrush; the latter was home to Ireland's one Open Championship, in 1951, an honor that it will enjoy again in 2019. There are in addition countless charming little links scattered about the island's coastline. In terms of players, Scotland has produced some of the greats, including pioneers like James Braid, though the most famous today is probably Colin Montgomerie, who was the leading European player in the 1990s, with 31 European Tour wins, and led his team to victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup. Among so many fine English players, Nick Faldo stands out as a onetime Official World Number One with 30 European Tour wins and 6 majors (Open: 1987, 1990, 1992; Masters: 1989, 1990, 1996); Faldo has also gone on to a successful career as a course designer. And as far as younger players go, there are few as exciting as Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who plays on both the PGA and European Tours and has been ranked as the Official World Number One; his major wins include the 2011 US Open, the 2012 & 2014 PGA Championships and the 2014 Open, he is the only European to be victorious in three majors and one of only 3 players (along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods) to do so before his twenty-sixth year. Looking to the future, the game in Great Britain and Ireland is expected to continue to grow in terms of the number of players and golf tourists. Relatively few new courses are planned, however; the industry has yet to recover fully from the 2008 economic crisis, and there appears to be at the moment something of a glut of courses, and some have even closed. In any case, the region will always be the traditional heart of golf, and the allure of the classic courses will continue to draw visitors.

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England
2,029 courses
2,029 courses
Top 100 courses
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Scotland
547 courses
547 courses
Top 100 courses
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Ireland
371 courses
371 courses
Top 50 courses
2 destinations
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Wales
186 courses
186 courses
Top 30 courses
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Northern Ireland
104 courses
104 courses
Top 20 courses
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Isle of Man
9 courses
9 courses
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Fife
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Belfast
17 golf courses
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Edinburgh
17 golf courses
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Glasgow
12 golf courses
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Torquay
10 golf courses
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Liverpool
10 golf courses
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Nottingham
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Top 100 golf courses in Britain & Ireland

The All Square ranking of the best golf courses in Britain & Ireland

#1
Overview of golf course named Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Ayrshire, Scotland
5.0
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#2
Overview of golf course named Royal County Down - Championship Links

Royal County Down - Championship Links

Newcastle, Northern Ireland
4.9
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#3
Overview of golf course named Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Dornoch, Scotland
4.7
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#4
Overview of golf course named St Andrews - The Old Course

St Andrews - The Old Course

Saint Andrews, Scotland
4.9
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#5
Overview of golf course named Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Course

Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Course

Portrush, Northern Ireland
5.0
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#6
Overview of golf course named Muirfield Golf Club

Muirfield Golf Club

Gullane , Scotland
4.8
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#7
Overview of golf course named Royal Saint George's Golf Club

Royal Saint George's Golf Club

Sandwich, England
5.0
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#8
Overview of golf course named Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course

Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course

Sunningdale, England
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links

St Andrews, Scotland
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Ayrshire, Scotland
5.0
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Overview of golf course named St Andrews - The Old Course

St Andrews - The Old Course

Saint Andrews, Scotland
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Loch Lomond Golf Club

Loch Lomond Golf Club

Luss by Alexandria, Scotland
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Dundonald Links

Dundonald Links

Ayrshire, Scotland
4.7
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Overview of golf course named Cruden Bay Golf Club

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Cruden Bay, Scotland
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Castle Stuart Golf Links

Castle Stuart Golf Links

Inverness, Scotland
4.7
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Overview of golf course named Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Dornoch, Scotland
4.7
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Overview of golf course named Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links

St Andrews, Scotland
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Dornoch, Scotland
4.7
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Overview of golf course named The North Berwick Golf Club

The North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick, Scotland
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Old Head Golf Links

Old Head Golf Links

Kinsale, Ireland
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Crail Golf Club - Balcomie Links Course

Crail Golf Club - Balcomie Links Course

Anstruther, Scotland
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Gullane Golf Club - Course No. 1

Gullane Golf Club - Course No. 1

Gullane, Scotland
4.3
Very good7 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Crail Golf Club - Craighead Links Course

Crail Golf Club - Craighead Links Course

Anstruther, Scotland
4.3
Very good3 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Argyll , Scotland
4.0
Very good5 Reviews
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Best Golf Resorts in Britain & Ireland

Britain and Ireland are home to some of the most iconic golf resorts in the world. We take a look at the best!

Overview of golf course named Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Ayrshire, Scotland
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie, Scotland
4.3
Very good23 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named The Gleneagles Resort - PGA Centenary

The Gleneagles Resort - PGA Centenary

Auchterarder, Scotland
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Trump International Golf Links

Trump International Golf Links

Aberdeen, Scotland
4.4
Very good13 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg

Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg

Doonbeg, Ireland
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links

Portmarnock, Ireland
4.8
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Overview of golf course named The Belfry Hotel & Resort - The Brabazon

The Belfry Hotel & Resort - The Brabazon

West Midlands, England
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Close House

Close House

Newcastle , England
4.4
Very good5 Reviews
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Open Championship Golf Courses

From the Old Course at St. Andrews to Royal Birkdale, we unveil the courses that helped build the world's most historic championship.

Overview of golf course named St Andrews - The Old Course

St Andrews - The Old Course

Saint Andrews, Scotland
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Royal Saint George's Golf Club

Royal Saint George's Golf Club

Sandwich, England
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Royal Lytham & Saint Annes Golf Club

Royal Lytham & Saint Annes Golf Club

Lancashire, England
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie, Scotland
4.3
Very good23 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Southport, England
4.6
Fabulous8 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Royal Troon Golf Club

Royal Troon Golf Club

Troon Ayrshire , Scotland
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Muirfield Golf Club

Muirfield Golf Club

Gullane , Scotland
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Hoylake, England
4.5
Fabulous4 Reviews
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