Golf courses

Golf in 2021 – Best Golf Courses

Best Golf Courses – The number of golfers on fairways across Europe and beyond has increased during the pandemic and many of us have a greater appreciation for the quality and beauty of the courses we play on. Here we run through some of the best courses we’ve covered this year at home and abroad.

Related: Golf in 2021 – A Year in Review

Golf in 2021

Royal County Down tops Golf Monthly’s Top 100 rankings

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Golf Monthly has published the highly respected Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK and Ireland 2021/22. Once again we have played, reviewed and ranked the top 100 golf courses in the UK and Ireland and there have been some interesting players.

The superb courses at Royal County Down in Newcastle on the County Down coast have risen to number 1 on Golf Monthly’s Top 100 list for the first time in the UK & Ireland. RCD is one of the most photographed courses in the world and recent changes, including new bunkers and new championship tees on the 12th and 16th holes, mean it now represents the pinnacle of golf quality on these islands.


The superb Dumbarnie Links

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Dumbarnie Links entered the Top 100 straight at number 40, a tremendous addition to the wealth of golfing opportunities on the Fife coast. And with the opening of a new clubhouse, the offer in Dumbarnie has been further enhanced.


An aerial view of Princes GC

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Thanks to major recent link upgrades and upgrades, the Shore and Himalayas course at Princes in Kent has climbed into the Top 100 at 76.


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Just behind the top 100, we’ve also run through the next 100 courses in the UK and Ireland.

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers – A To Do List Course

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Including some from the UK and others from around the world, we’ve rounded up 15 bucket list courses you need to play.


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We’ve also selected 25 courses that anyone can play that will make your friends jealous.

Thracian cliffs

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Looking further, we considered 10 of the most extreme golf courses in the world.

Ashdown Royal Forest

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Turning inland we covered 45 of the best moorland courses


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Sticking with these stunning moorland tracks, Elliott Heath has written a fabulous love letter to Sunningdale.

Navarino Hills Jose Maria Olazabel Q&A

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In Europe, one of the big new developments on the horizon, due to open next year, is Jose Maria Olazabal’s stunning new project in Navarino Hills.


The magnificent Ailsa course at Turnberry

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Fergus Bisset and Jeremy Ellwood pondered what they would do if they had £250 to spend on green fees…

St. Andrews 17th

The iconic 17th in St Andrews

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…and Fergus considered the best eclectic 18-hole course in the open rotation.

El Rey Beach

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As we come to the end of the season and the weather has deteriorated, we’ve considered the 10 best winter sun breaks on offer right now.