I find these lists rather frustrating when there isn’t much effort put into it.
To rate some of the heathland courses listed below as highly as they have indicates that they very much enjoy heathland golf. In fact, compared to Top 100 list they clearly look more favourably upon heathland golf and generally rank those courses higher.
However, they seem to love some heathland golf courses and totally disregard others - it’s inconsistent. I would be fascinated to understand why.
I can’t see how the 3 W’s can be spread so far apart, for example. Everyone you speak to has a different “favourite” - hard to say any one is significantly than another (20 places higher!)
I can’t see how you can love Liphook + Hankley and completely exclude Hindhead. Many find it difficult to split Liphook and Hindhead so if you’ve got one at #53, the other has to be quite close by…
Golf Monthly List:
30th Hankley Common
33rd Walton Heath Old
57th Walton Heath New
58th West Sussex
69th West Hill
Top 100 Rankings: Arguably a lot of these are bunched closer together, indicating there’s not a lot between them all. It is acknowledgment that they are all rather similar.
31st West Sussex
39th Walton Heath Old
58th Hankley Common
78th West Hill
89th Walton Heath New
And I’m not overly impressed with top 100’s latest rankings either, where they moved Hindhead down 6 places in England (33rd -> 39th) despite not visiting over those 2 years (hmm) and ongoing course improvements.
Yes I’m bitter that I feel my club is constantly hard done by in the rankings. No it does not have any real consequence.
How do you come to that conclusion?