The annual publishing of golf course rankings has started with Golf Monthly announcing their UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2015/16. These rankings include a total of 24 Scottish entries with Muirfield taking top spot.
Surprises include two Gleneagles courses making the list on the year that Ryder Cup host the PGA Centenary Course misses out. They aren’t confined to Perthshire with west coast courses of Royal Troon and Prestwick placing at 29 and 46 respectively.
Others: Trump International Links Scotland (14), Royal Aberdeen (17), Kingsbarns (21), Castle Stuart (23), North Berwick (28), Royal Troon (29), Loch Lomond (31), Nairn (34), Gleneagles Kings (40), Prestwick (46), Machrihanish GC (50), Western Gailes (54), Blairgowrie (62), Gleneagles Queen (63), St Andrews New (67), Gullane (68), Renaissance (83), Cruden Bay (89), St Andrews Castle Course (90), Ladybank (96).
A cynic would suggest that blind shots and authentic Scottish links courses are not scored too favourably but as with many golf course rankings the analysis is very subjective and done to foment golfers in clubhouses across the world.
The debate on the best Scottish golf courses as ever will rage on.
Read more about the Golf Monthly rankings on their website.