Haven't been able to find the magazine on sale anywhere yet.... but just found this thread/link.
Have managed 7 of top 10. Missing are no's 7, 9 and 10 (Birkdale, and the two Sunningdale courses).
My weak spot is London/SE England - never played around there! If I could find an offer for the missing three for less than their huge 'standard rate' I'd be there like a shot too!
For me, many of the top 10 are interchangeable:
- RCD. Blows you away. Perfect mix of setting/course. Critics point out to a weak 17/18. If the nines were reversed and these were holes 8/9 RCD would be no1 forever.
- Muirfield and Carnoustie. Both perfect for the golf connoisseur. All about the golf, rather than views/scenery etc.
- St Andrews. Not 'wowed' by the course, but for standout holes, the experience, and simply 'bricking it' on 1/17/18, this takes some beating.
- Royal Portrush. Has a bit of everything, and the two new holes make a great course infinitely better! Kudos too for letting you everywhere in the clubhouse - not one that puts visitors in a separate little space.
- Dornoch. One of those places you want to never change. Beautiful, and a long sunny mid-summer experience bar none when we were there. (Including a stay at the Royal Golf hotel where you can crawl to the first tee - good when you're nursing a hangover!)
- Turnberry. The course with stretches as good as any, but the political association/'corporateness' doesn't give you the same feel as, say, Muirfield or Portrush.
Think its a shame Mount Juliet keeps dropping, real quality course and setup and an amazing buffet breakfast. MJ and JCB are by far the best parklands I have played, course wise(LL up there as overall experience etc). MJ should be much higher up the list, far better than the likes of Prestwick and a couple of other links courses on the list I have played. These UK lists always seem to be anti parkland....
Hoping this year to play Gleneagles, which have been on my bucket list for years and The Machrie on the H4H voucher I have but who knows what covid has in store next.
I must be bored, as I've just tried going through the list and totting up the green fees. I think I've got it right, and using an exchange rate of 1.2 for the courses quoted in Euros, and granted where a range of prices is used I have taken the higher one; the total for the top 99 (Swinley Forest do not quote a green fee) was approximately £20,012 (there was a bit of rounding up on the Euros). The Top 10 I tallied at £3,200, the Top 20 at £5.738.
Frankly I've just lost any interest in chasing those courses unless it is as a member's guest, at a vastly reduced rate for Opens or as part of a party where the organiser has negotiated a more reasonable rate. Outside of those three circumstances I'm not interested in dropping that sort of money on a round of golf unless I win the jackpot on the National Lottery.
Makes me all the more grateful for the likes of @drive4show (I'm sure there are others as well) who invite us oiks onto their courses at member's guest rates . I owe you a curry mate.
the 2008 GM top 50 is still available online (no idea why the full 100 aren’t on), and I believe this was the last year the exclusive clubs were included- Loch Lomond was the only one kicked off as far as I can see.
I was with you pretty much all the way on your analysis of the great courses and then you fell at the final hurdle. Seaton Carew not IMO top 100. The last few holes are top notch but otherwise a lot of moderate holes
12 - but mostly just through opportunity presenting itself - and only one of them in the last 20yrs - and I think I have only needed to pay for 2 or 3 of them as have never been able or indeed interested in paying what they ask - certainly not these days - and not into having golf made elitist through cost. Yes market forces etc I know...but nah. I find that a pity.
that list, would it be good guys list and bellends list 😁
That said, a pal was going to the Southport area this month for his birthday outing. It was planned last year but cancelled. Anyway it was 3 courses and two nights B and B. £750. Chuck in a tenner for beer and travel and I could not justify it. I think 2 of the courses are on the top 100.
I suppose this is what is good about what folk think re courses. I played Goswick a couple of years ago and the four of us thought it was boring. I went to Ireland a few years back and played enniscrone and Carne. I thought they were stunning. So many memorable holes. When I had played them I fell in love with the coastal courses. But the old course, Goswick and Skeggys course did nothing for me.
Hopefully my post never implied it was just free golf, the link I loaded up says otherwise. However considering the potential saving in (some) green fees, its worth considering if it lights your fire.
I posted the link as there are a number of people on the forum, who have posted they will not pay the fees.
Therefore one option is to become an assessor for GM, if GM says yes , hence why I posted the link, just in case they had not seen the link or knew it was an option.
Personally, I nowadays tend to look at other websites(& peoples advice) where you see peoples views/feedback, so you can see bad and good comments, rather than just a binary list decided on my a few people who tend to love sand based courses. In addition many of those public reviews would have paid to play the course which sometimes shines a different reflection on the experience, if you are paying £300 for a round.