11-20

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11 - Castle Stuart

Four years after opening, Castle Stuart is already on the cusp of the top 10. Man of the moment Gil Hanse, who has been handed the task of laying out the Olympic course in Rio, certainly made a fine job of producing a championship course here, one which is exceptionally playable for the majority of golfers.

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12 - North Berwick

North Berwick has a magnificent collection of par 4s and terrific short holes. The iconic ‘Redan’, also known as 15, was copied by Pete Dye at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, but we might just prefer 13 and 14, ‘Pit’ and the aptly-titled ‘Perfection’.

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13 - Royal Aberdeen

Royal Aberdeen raised its profile and prestige further with an outstanding hosting of the 2011 Walker Cup, while new bunkers and a new Martin Hawtree-designed green on the 15th have stiffened the test. 

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14 - Prestwick

A day on the links of Prestwick should be as much an essential golfing pilgrimage as a visit to St Andrews. The birthplace of The Open and one of the most distinctive courses on these shores, Prestwick has long had its day as a championship venue but it remains a beguiling experience for any club golfer.

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15 - Gleneagles (King's)

James Braid’s 1919 moorland classic retains many fans within our panel, even if it has fallen slightly in our list. Don’t mistake it for a charming little resort course either – if you spray it here you will be severely punished by rough, gorse and heather. It retains the kind of aura which many others can only dream of.

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16 - Cruden Bay

Value doesn’t come into our rating criteria but a round for £90 here is an amazingly attractive proposition – if you believe, as we do, that this is one of the most entertaining courses in Scotland.

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17 - Western Gailes

Western Gailes continues to evolve with work carried out on 31 bunkers in the past year to ensure this 1897 classic remains in the same echelon as Ayrshire’s superstar names.

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18- Machrihanish

The harsh winter took its toll on the greens here, but while that makes it difficult for it to rise up the rankings, that shouldn’t stop you visiting.

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19 - Castle Course

Some alterations have been made to David McLay Kidd’s 2008 original, which he admits he knew would create great debate and divide opinion.

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20 - Blairgowrie (Rosemount)

This heathland is one of James Braid’s most charming pieces of work and is arguably the course within this Top 100 which 18+ handicappers would enjoy the most.

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