100 Classic Golf Holes

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Golf holes, like people, come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and personalities. They are made up of different shades, colours, features and characteristics. And again like people, some holes evoke feelings of warmth, excitement and expectation while others make you nervous and fearful.

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The beauty of golf hole design is that it is purely subjective. Our reaction to the courses and holes we play can be influenced by a variety of factors – from how we are feeling on the day, how well we are playing and striking the ball, the weather conditions, the tee and pin positions, our preconceived expectations and even our playing partners.

So what makes a classic golf hole? Well, there is no easy answer. After all, there is no objective or scientific method of deciding that course A is better than course B. One of the main reasons our established Top 100 course rankings franchise remains so popular is that it is based purely on opinion. Well-considered and researched opinion, but opinion nevertheless. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What I consider a ‘classic’ golf hole might very well not look the slightest bit ‘classic’ to you.

The well-known course designer, Robin Hiseman, who works at European Golf Design, says: “A classic hole is one that stirs your soul. It sends a tingle down your spine and puts a big grin on your face, when you stand on the tee. A ‘classic’ is a mix of great strategy, topography, scenery and presentation in varying quantities.”

We hope our collection of what our team of experts have deemed to be the 100 best golf holes stirs your imagination, and makes you want to get out and play golf.

#1

16th, Halmstad (North)

Halmstad, Sweden
Par 3, 180 yards

#2

6th, Western Gailes

Ayrshire, Scotland
Par 3, 213 yards

#3

10th, La Boulie (Valley)

Versailles, France
Par 3, 180 yards

#4

15th, Pevero

Sardinia, Italy
Par 5, 501 yards

#5

2nd, Royal Dornoch

Sutherland, Scotland
Par 3, 184 yards

#6

3rd, Prestwick

Ayrshire, Scotland
Par 5, 533 yards

#7

8th, Noordwijkse

Noordwijkse, Holland
Par 4, 406 yards

#8

12th, Royal Birkdale

Lancashire, England
Par 3, 183 yards

#9

15th, Vale Do Lobo (Ocean)

Algarve, Portugal
Par 3, 210 yards

#10

7th, Woburn (Marquess)

Buckinghamshire, England
Par 5, 538 yards

#11

4th, Valderrama

Sotogrande, Spain
Par 5, 516 yards

#12

18th, Castle Stuart

Inverness, Scotland
Par 5, 595 yards

#13

16th, Waterville

County Kerry, Ireland
Par 4, 366 yards

#14

1st, Machrihanish

Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Par 4, 392 yards

#15

13th, PGA Catalunya

Girona, Spain
Par 4, 399 yards

#16

18th, Trump International

Aberdeen, Scotland
Par 5, 650 yards

#17

12th, Royal Birkdale

Lancashire, England
Par 3, 183 yards

#18

3rd, Ullna

Akersberga, Sweden
Par 3, 160 yards

#19

17th, El Saler

Valencia, Spain
Par 3, 215 yards

#20

13th, Muirfield

East Lothian, Scotland
Par 3, 193 yards

#21

17th, Hamburger

Hamburg, Germany
Par 5, 510 yards

#22

5th, Sunningdale (Old)

Surrey, England
Par 7, 407 yards

#23

7th, Morfontaine

Senlis, France
Par 4, 430 yards

#24

10th, Toreboda

Toreboda, Sweden
Par 3, 132 yards

#25

13th, Praia D'el Rey

Obidos, Portugal
Par 4, 328 yards

#26

16th, Quinta Da Ria

Algarve, Portugal
Par 5, 495 yards

#27

14th, Royal Dornoch

Sutherland, Scotland
Par 4, 445 yards

#28

6th, Thracian Cliffs

Balchik, Bulgaria
Par 3, 230 yards

#29

9th, Royal West Norfolk

Norfolk, England
Par 4, 400 yards

#30

11th, Hillside

Lancashire, England
Par 5, 509 yards

#31

13th, Notts (Hollinwell)

Nottinghamshire, England
Par 3, 241 yards

#32

4th, Old Head

County Cork, Ireland
Par 4, 427 yards

#33

7th, Castelconturbia

Conturbia, Italy
Par 4, 383 yards

#34

6th, Royal North Devon

Devon, England
Par 4, 410 yards

#35

6th, Dinard

Brittany, France
Par 4, 339 yards

#36

7th, Carnoustie

Angus, Scotland
Par 4, 433 yards

#37

13th, Penina

Portimao, Portugal
Par 3, 202 yards

#38

1st, The Berkshire (Blue)

Berkshire, England
Par 3, 217 yards

#39

1st, Doonbeg

County Clare, Ireland
Par 5, 567 yards

#40

16th, Vale Do Lobo (Royal)

Algarve, Portugal
Par 3, 215 yards

#41

7th, The European Club

County Wicklow, Ireland
Par 4, 470 yards

#42

18th, Frankfurter

Frankfurt, Germany
Par 4, 432 yards

#43

2nd, Aloha

Malaga, Spain
Par 4, 331 yards

#44

17th, Seignosse

Seignosse, France
Par 4, 401 yards

#45

16th, Hunstanton

Norfolk, England
Par 3, 189 yards

#46

17th, Barseback (New)

Landskrona, Sweden
Par 4, 440 yards

#47

16th, Club Zur Vahr

Bremen, Germany
Par 4, 434 yards

#48

10th, Turnberry

Ayrshire, Scotland
Par 4, 457 yards

#49

18th, Chantilly Vineuil

Chantilly, France
Par 4, 403 yards

#50

8th, Las Brisas

Malaga, Spain
Par 5, 530 yards

#51

18th, San Lorenzo

Algarve, Portugal
Par 4, 382 yards

#52

14th, Royal Portrush

County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Par 3, 210 yards

#53

9th, Royal County Down

County Down, Northern Ireland
Par 4, 486 yards

#54

12th, Barseback (Masters)

Scania, Sweden
Par 5, 541 yards

#55

8th, Cruden Bay

Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Par 4, 257 yards

#56

18th, Monte Rei (North)

Algarve, Portugal
Par 5, 501 yards

#57

18th, Le Golf National

Paris, France
Par 4, 470 yards

#58

6th, Royal Antwerp

Kapellan, Belgium
Par 4, 424 yards

#59

6th, Royal St George's

Kent, England
Par 3, 176 yards

#60

7th, Crans-Sur-Sierre

Crans Montana, Switzerland
Par 4, 330 yards

#61

3rd, Real Club De Seville

Alcala de Guadaira, Spain
Par 3, 154 yards

#62

4th, Woodhall Spa

Lincolnshire, England
Par 4, 414 yards

#63

2nd, Royal Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland
Par 5, 558 yards

#64

4th, Castel Gandolfo

Lazio, Italy
Par 4, 411 yards

#65

7th, Rye

East Sussex, England
Par 3, 159 yards

#66

6th, St Nom La Breteche

St Nom La Breteche, France
Par 4, 439 yards

#67

7th, Sunningdale

Berkshire, England
Par 4, 406 yards

#68

8th, Royal Troon

Ayrshire, Scotland
Par 3, 1213 yards

#69

18th, Les Bordes

St Laurent, France
Par 4, 414 yards

#70

17th, St Andrews (Old)

Fife, Scotland
Par 4, 495 yards

#71

2nd, Sotogrande

Cadiz, Spain
Par 5, 517 yards

#72

7th, Muirfield

North Berwick, Scotland
Par 3, 187 yards

#73

18th, Royal Lytham & St Annes

Lancashire, England
Par 4, 414 yards

#74

18th, San Roque (Old)

San Roque, Spain
Par 4, 428 yards

#75

18th, Muirfield

North Berwick, Scotland
Par 4, 473 yards

#76

7th, Hankley Common

Surrey, England
Par 3, 183 yards

#77

1st, Kennemer

Zandvoort, Holland
Par 4, 452 yards

#78

2nd, Golf Del Sur (South)

Tenerife, Spain
Par 3, 211 yards

#79

6th, St Enodoc

Cornwall, England
Par 4, 378 yards

#80

1st, Golf Nazionale

Lazio, Italy
Par 5, 595 yards

#81

9th, St Eurach

Bavaria, Germany
Par 4, 434 yards

#82

11th, Pleneuf-Val-Andre

Brittany, France
Par 5, 535 yards

#83

1st, Onyria Palmares

Algarve, Portugal
Par 4, 409 yards

#84

15th, North Berwick

East Lothian, Scotland
Par 3, 191 yards

#85

5th, Parque Da Floresta

Algarve, Portugal
Par 3, 123 yards

#86

14th, St Andrews (Old)

Fife, Scotland
Par 5, 618 yards

#87

18th, Valderrama

Sotogrande, Spain
Par 4, 453 yards

#88

17th, Tralee

County Kerry, Ireland
Par 4, 361 yards

#89

10th, Antalya (Sultan)

Belek, Turkey
Par 4, 395 yards

#90

17th, Loch Lomond

Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Par 3, 205 yards

#91

16th, Moliets

Biarritz, France
Par 3, 145 yards

#92

17th, Littlestone

Kent, England
Par 3, 182 yards

#93

4th, Castro Marim

Algarve, Portugal
Par 5, 493 yards

#94

14th, Doonbeg

County Clare, Ireland
Par 3, 111 yards

#95

11th, Royal Ashdown Forest

East Sussex, England
Par 3, 249 yards

#96

13th, Royal Liverpool

Lancashire, England
Par 3, 198 yards

#97

16th, Sperone

Corsica, France
Par 5, 495 yards

#98

5th, Royal Worlington

Cambridgeshire, England
Par 3, 155 yards

#99

11th, Ballybunion Old

County Kerry, Ireland
Par 4, 472 yards

#100

11th, St Andrews

Fife, Scotland
Par 3, 174 yards