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World's Top 100 Golf Courses (Planet Golf)

For the three Planet Golf books former ausgolf partner Darius Oliver spent close to ten years visiting courses across the globe, studying more than 1,500 layouts in 45 countries, making him one of the best-traveled and most authoritative voices on golf course design and architecture. His website offers what we consider the most independent and informed reviews of these courses.

Below we present the Planet Golf World 100 as at December 2016. This listing is constantly updated on Planet Golf website. We also include the 2016 Golf Digest and 2015 Golf Magazine rankings for comparison.

Planet Golf expresses concern at the high rankings by Golf Magazine of several recent big budget or highly exclusive layouts including Nine Bridges in Korea (#43; Golf Digest #79), Oitavos Dunes in Portugal (#58; not ranked by Digest), Ayodhya in Thailand (#76; not ranked by Digest) and Kauri Cliffs (#94; Golf Digest #49). Clearly Oliver is concerned that courses from his listing overlooked by both magazines include St George's Hill, Bandon Trails, Royal Aberdeen, Essex, Highlands Links, Old Macdonald, Old Sandwich and several Australasian courses.

Let ausgolf arrange your visit to play Royal Melbourne (No. 9), Cape Wickham (No. 11), Kingston Heath (No. 18), Barnbougle Dunes (No. 42), Lost Farm (No. 47) and New Zealand's highly ranked courses. Enquire now.

Planet Course Name Location Country Golf Mag Digest
1 Cypress Point Club Pebble Beach, California USA 2 4
2 Pine Valley Golf Club Pine Valley, New Jersey USA 1 3
3 Royal County Down Golf Club Newcastle, Down N. IRELAND 5 1
4 St. Andrews Golf Club (Old) St. Andrews, Fife SCOTLAND 3 8
5 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, New York USA 6 7
6 Royal Dornoch Golf Club Dornoch Highland SCOTLAND 14 5
7 Sand Hills Golf Club Mullen, Nebraska USA 13 17
8 National Golf Links Of America Southampton, New York USA 10 13
9 Royal Melbourne G.C. (West) Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA 12 6
10 Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce) Portrush, Antrim N. IRELAND 15 27
11 Cape Wickham King Island, Tasmania AUSTRALIA new 24
12 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania USA 8 11
13 Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) Bandon, Oregon USA 21

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14 Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia USA 4 2
15 Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) Ballybunion, Kerry IRELAND 17  
16 Merion Golf Club (East) Ardmore, Pennsylvania USA 11 10
17 Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California USA 7 12
18 Kingston Heath Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA 28 18
19 Ballyneal Holyoke, Colorado USA 78  
20 Cabot Cliffs Inverness CANADA new 19
21 North Berwick (West) North Berwick SCOTLAND 63 50
22 Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort, Michigan USA 22 31
23 St. George's Hill Golf Club Weybridge ENGLAND    
24 Prairie Dunes Country Club Hutchinson, Kansas USA 27 59
25 Royal St. George's Golf Club Sandwich, Kent ENGLAND 33 45
26 Fishers Island Golf Club Fishers Island, New York USA 18 15
27 Friars Head Baiting Hollow, New York USA 31 53
28 Swinley Forest Ascot ENGLAND 89 61
29 Morfontaine Golf Club Senlis, Senlis, FRANCE 45 20
30 Carnoustie G.C.(Championship) Carnoustie, Tayside SCOTLAND 25 26
31 Prestwick   SCOTLAND    
32 Muirfield Golf Club Gullane, Lothian SCOTLAND 9 9
33 Bandon Dunes (Bandon Trails) Bandon, Oregon USA    
34 Pinehurst Country Club (No. 2) Pinehurst, North Carolina USA 16 63
35 Lahinch Golf Club Lahinch, Clare IRELAND 41 65
36 Royal Aberdeen Aberdeen SCOTLAND    
37 Hirono Golf Club Kobe, Kobe JAPAN 42 21
38 Turnberry Golf Club (Ailsa) Turnberry, Strathclyde SCOTLAND 23 22
39 Sunningdale Golf Club (New) Sunningdale, Surrey ENGLAND 95 92
40 Somerset Hills Country Club Bernardsville, New Jersey USA 71  
41 Chicago Golf Club Wheaton, Illinois USA 26 32
42 Barnbougle Dunes Bridport, Tasmania AUSTRALIA 36 33
43 St. George's Golf Club Islington, Ontario CANADA 87 41
44 Sunningdale Golf Club (Old) Sunningdale, Surrey ENGLAND 35 23
45 Essex County Club Mass. USA    
46 Highlands Links Golf Club Ingonish, Nova Scotia CANADA    
47 Barnbougle Lost Farm Bridport, Tasmania AUSTRALIA 85 40
48 Bandon Dunes (Old Macdonald) Bandon, Oregon USA    
49 Old Sandwich Mass. USA    
50 Shanqin Bay Golf Course Hainan CHINA 47 37
51 San Francisco Golf Club San Francisco, California USA 24 81
52 Winged Foot Golf Club (West) Mamaroneck, New York USA 20 14
53 Los Angeles C.C. (North) Los Angeles, California USA 30 60
54 West Sussex Golf Club Pulborough ENGLAND    
55 Macrihanish Macrihanish SCOTLAND 93 91
56 Pasatiempo Golf Club California USA    
57 Rye Golf Club Camber, East Sussex ENGLAND 98  
58 Casa De Campo (Teeth of the Dog) La Romana DOM. REP. 39 56
59 White Bear Yacht Club Minnesota USA    
60 Seminole Golf Club North Palm Beach, Florida USA 19 28
61 Tara Iti Golf Club North Is NEW ZEALAND    
62 New South Wales Golf Club La Perouse, New South Wales AUSTRALIA 37 30
63 Paraparaumu Wellington NEW ZEALAND    
64 Eastward Ho! Golf Club Chatham, Mass. USA    
65 Kingsbarns Golf Club St. Andrews, Fife SCOTLAND 65 69
66 Cape Kidnappers Havelock North, North Island NEW ZEALAND 40 16
67 Royal Porthcawl Porthcawl WALES 88 47
68 Kawana Golf Club (Fuji) Shizuoka, Shizuoka JAPAN 67 64
69 Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California USA 29 57
70 St Enodoc (Church Course) Rock ENGLAND    
71 The National GC (Moonah) Cape Schanck, Vic AUSTRALIA    
           
72 Victoria GC Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA    
73 Chantilly Chantilly FRANCE    
75 Gleneagles (Kings Course) Gleneagles SCOTLAND    
76 Kingsley Club Michigan USA    
77 Kennemer Country Club Kennemer HOLLAND    
78 Cruden Bay Golf Club Cruden Bay, Grampian SCOTLAND 77  
79 Belmullet GC Carne Links Carne IRELAND    
80 Ellerston Golf Course Scone, New South Wales AUSTRALIA 73 29
81 Cabo Del Sol (Ocean Course) Los Cabos, Baja MEXICO 100 70
82 Colorado Golf Club Parker, Co USA    
83 The Country Club (Open) Brookline, Massachusetts USA 34 42
84 Woodhall Spa Golf Club Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire ENGLAND 70  
85 Notts Golf Club Nottingham ENGLAND    
86 Sebonack Southampton, New York USA   94
87 Hamburger Falkenstein GERMANY    
88 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Southport, Merseyside ENGLAND 32 35
89 California Golf Club of San Francisco San Francisco, California USA 81  
90 The Berkshire (Red Course) Berkshire ENGLAND    
91 The Mid Ocean Club Bermuda USA    
92 Quaker Ridge Golf Club Scarsdale, New York USA 74  
93 Whistling Straits Golf Club Haven, Wisconsin USA 52 51
94 Humewood Port Elizabeth SOUTH AFRICA    
95 The Golf Club New Albany, Ohio USA 72 89
96 Royal Melbourne G.C. (East) Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA   55
97 Rock Creek Cattle Company Rock Creek, Montana USA    
98 Boston Golf Club Boston, Mass. USA    
99 Trump International Doonbeg Co. Clare IRELAND    
100 Silloth on Solway Golf Club Silloth ENGLAND