Top 100 Golf Courses Scotland 2013

Scotland has a population of just over five million and 580 golf courses to serve her people. There is certainly no lack of ‘supply’ in the Home of Golf. And while the quantity is impressive, the quality is frankly ludicrous.

Of course we all know about the Muirfields and Carnousties and some of you will also be familiar with the next tier of courses, outstanding venues such as Southerness and Montrose. It is courses such as these which, after the initial burst of star names, form the rest of our top 50. The quality is relentless in this half century, although that’s certainly not to say the next 50 are modest. There may be a slight gear change as we move into the last quarter, but in some respects it is these courses which are Scottish’s golf real strength.

To have classy inland courses of the class of Lanark and Kilmacolm in the 90s of our list is illustrative of the depth the country possesses. They would, we are very confident of stating, entertain and satisfy any group of golfers who visited them. Thus, ranking so many high-class venues is no easy feat, but we are happy we have refined our initial list from two years ago and present an authoritative and well-researched list for you to debate and to reference. We’ve also added a ‘Next 50’ of courses, names which will be in contention for the next edition of this list. As ever, your opinions on our selections would be extremely welcome – it is what this exercise is all about.

Chris Bertram

Top 100 Editor

1-10

See who came out on top in our prestigious rankings, with St Andrews, Muirfield and Trump International Golf Links (left) all vying for the top spot.

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11-20

The best of the rest includes Castle Stuart (left), Prestwick and Gleneagles. See who made the top 20 by clicking on the link below.

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21-30 

Our next batch of courses may not be quite good enough to make the top 20, but they will still be a joy to play for any player planning a Scottish golfing odyssey. 

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31-40 

Comfortably inside the top 50, these venues offer a mixture of inland and seaside golf, including the Queen's course at Gleneagles and Archerfield's Dirleton links.

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41-50

This next selection of courses in the 2013 rankings just crept inside the top 50. They include St Andrews' Jubilee course and Brora.

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51-60 

Not quite good enough for the top 50 this year, these course were unlucky to miss out. Thye include three designs apiece from James Braid and Old Tom Morris.

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61-70 

We may be slightly further down the list here, but the quality is obvious with 2014 Ryder Cup host Gleneagles' PGA course and the Torrance at Fairmont St Andrews.

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71-80 

The next section of the rankings includes a few seaside gems, such as St Andrews' Eden course, Askernish and Elie.

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81-90

Four more James Braid courses make the top 81-90 tracks, in a group that also includes Carnoustie's second course and Bruntsfield Links.

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91-100 

The last batch of courses to make the 2013 Top 100 includes The Carrick at Loch Lomond and Meldrum House.

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