Top 100 Golf Courses Europe 2015
Sciacca, Sicily | Par 72 | 7,354 yards
CB Super cliff top/parkland golf laid out with élan by Kyle Phillips on the distinctive Sicilian terrain.
GW Stays constant despite some concerns over how what Phillips left has developed. The East's routing and setting deserves this spot though – and the West (also by Phillips), as can happen with No.2 courses, may be unlucky to miss out.
Granli, Norway | Par 72 | 6,912 yards
PBe Gives you challenges, excitement, beauty and a wide variety of good holes. You can play it day after day and have new challenges every time. Much better than several top-50 courses.
GW Our highest new entry in 2013 moves up nicely, confi rmation this woodland course is well worthy of its place among the continental elite.
Quinta do Lago (South)
Almancil, Portugal | Par 72 | 7,100 yards
JVP Outstanding layout in one of the most wellknown resorts in Algarve. The views are wonderful and the pine trees make the diff erence in an accessible golf course.
GW VERDICT Host of the Portuguese Open on eight occasions, it is a championship challenge with aesthetic appeal and is still QdL's No.1.
Obidos, Portugal | Par 72 | 7,300 yards
CB Lots of super holes off ering diff erent kinds of tests, with the common theme a feeling this was a job done correctly in every sense. Barely two years old too, so it is only going to keep getting better.
GW VERDICT Sure-footed progress up the ranking following its entry in 2013, Royal Obidos is every inch the modern championship course. Oozes quality.
Antalya (PGA Sultan)
Belek, Turkey | Par 71 | 7,083 yards
CB You will struggle to fi nd a better-conditioned championship course on the Continent. Tough, yet still highly enjoyable, and with nice variation.
GW VERDICT The venue that put Belek on the map with the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals was one of the fi rst to be built in this corner of Turkey... and it remains one of the strongest.
PGA National (Links)
Malmo, Sweden | Par 72 | 7,474 yards
TJ The sea may be missing on this 'Links', but, the wind is not. No day is ever the same here. OD The 'Links' is hilly with larger greens well protected by strategically-placed bunkers. (Not unlike Luffness in character). Good condition.
GW VERDICT A very solid 'second' course and another triumph for Kyle Phillips.
Magnano, Italy | Par 73 | 7,105 yards
NB It's easy to see why 'Le Betulle' (the Birches) is so highly rated. The strong and challenging John Morrison layout occupies pleasantly undulating terrain, with many elevated tees and attractive dog-legging holes in the Alpine mix.
GW VERDICT Serene track among birch, oak, chestnut and firs while little ditches add alarm.
Jönköping, Sweden | Par 72 | 6,690 yards
BL An inland links with large artificial sand dunes. A lot of the holes are fantastic. Five of the holes have water hazards in your playing line.
PBe Often a seaside feel though it is in middle Sweden. Great course, not far behind Bro Hof.
GW VERDICT A high climber in 2013, this mid-list spot feels right for this former potato field.
Golf du Medoc (Vignes)
Bordeaux, France | Par 72 | 6,842 yards
CB After the first three holes of more obviously parkland fare, the Vignes returns to the kind of easy-to-love heathland holes of its sister the Chateaux.
GW VERDICT A very strong new entry and a top-50 slot in future lists is entirely feasible.
Geneva, Switzerland | Par 72 | 6,932 yards
FC Deserves a high placing, especially because of the wonderful setting of this Pete Dye course at the shores of Lake Geneva (neighboured by the Schumacher family). Its clubhouse, bought in 1859 by Prince Jérome Napoleon, is a palace.
GW A wonderful setting with views of Mont Blanc, it only falls as others leap into the top 50.