The Board is delighted to confirm that that we have retained our 68th ranking in this prestigious list of English Golf Clubs. The positions within the Top 100 list are decided by a GOLF WORLD ‘panel of readers’ who visit all the golf courses, pay their green fee and make their independent judgements. The final list is an amalgamation of all their opinions.
The factors used by the panellists in assessing a golf courses’ quality and therefore its ranking position are:-
We were ranked 70th in 2011 when these rankings began and climbed to 68th in 2013. Any mild disappointment about not climbing higher once again needs to be balanced against the fact that in the June 2015 review, FIFTY clubs have fallen, and SIX have disappeared out of the rankings altogether. So upon reflection, retaining 68th position can be considered no mean achievement out of 1900+ courses in England alone.
Some would hope that we may one day be ranked higher, which is an admirable objective, but without significant investment or major course alterations, a rise up the rankings may simply be unrealistic, and this is why. As the list below demonstrates, almost a third of the courses in the Top 100 could be categorised as ‘world famous’ courses of international renown (coloured gold), such as Sunningdale and Berkshire (so that’s four to start with!). We then have another third which are ‘nationally highly regarded’ courses who regularly host major Amateur tournaments and have been Open Championship Qualifying venues (coloured silver), such as Hankley Common, Hunstanton or Hollinwell. We then have a third category (coloured bronze) which includes 16 of the ‘multi-million pound’ commercial proprietary clubs, usually relatively new and mostly built to modern specifications with no expense spared, like Woburn (three more), Wisley or The Grove. Which leaves the fourth category of ‘traditional members’ clubs’, just like us, and the other 19 courses, most of whom are currently ranked below us, such as Hindhead, Blackmoor and Tandridge.
Interesting also that Heathland courses number 50 of the Top 100, Links 30 and Parkland just 20, so it’s clear that Heathland does appear to have greater popularity than parkland golf.
See the GOLF WORLD list here xxxxxx
Earlier in the year, GOLF MONTHLY revised their bi-annual TOP 100 UK list which obviously includes all the heavy hitters from the four home nations such as Muirfield, Royal Birkdale, Royal County Down, Royal Porthcawl and newcomers such as Trump International.
GOLF MONTHLY compiled the sixth incarnation of their TOP 100 list froma precise set of criteria which has evolved over th years. Their rankings come from a wider panel of contributors, from their Senior Editors, Advisory Panel, staff panel and a readers panel. Their selection criteria is different to GOLF WORLD and has a more analytical points-based marking system for rankings based upon:-
It would be stretching optimism too far to believe that we could compete against the very finest golf courses amongst the 2800 in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but recognising this, GOLF MONTHLY have continued to produce an unranked ‘Next 100’ listing which does not differentiate between 101st or 199th. We once again sit comfortably within this second 100 category alongside some really famous and wealthy proprietary golf courses, such as Goodwood, Chart Hills, Gleneagles, both London Club courses, The Oxfordshire, Celtic Manor 2010 course, St.Andrews Jubilee, St.Mellion, Turnberry Kintyre and Wentworth Edinburgh. As a traditional Members’ club we sit alongside all these world famous names with other Private clubs like Broadstone, Blackmoor, New Zealand, Royal Ashdown, Ipswich, Lindrick, Littlestone, Hindhead, Hayling Island, Portstewart, Southerndown, Southerness and Tandridge
See the GOLF MONTHLY list here xxxxxx