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41 Gleneagles (King's)

Some panellists felt the King’s time has passed, hence its fall into the 40s. But James Braid’s moorland design still has enough class and heritage to be the sort of name which warms the heart with memories of Scottish Opens and rounds among the heather and gorse flooding to mind.

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42 Hillside (White)

A second cut of semi-rough has been introduced while the club is now less reliant on pesticides and the greens are now leaner, faster, firmer and more linksy as a result.

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43 Royal Cinque Ports

James Braid’s first-class links has had a few notable tweaks since 2010; the fairways have been reshaped and generally narrowed, green surrounds and rough have been brought in, bunkers have been reconstructed on the 2nd and 3rd and a new Championship tee on the 3rd is under construction.

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44 Hankley Common

A huge rise for Hankley which is reward for the extensive work on the course since our last ranking in 2010, when it was perhaps unfortunate to be so low.

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45 Cruden Bay

Cruden can divide opinion. Some love it immediately, others take a little longer to appreciate its unique charms. Most, eventually, usually agree it is top quality – hence its rise here.

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46 Carne

This uber-quirky links has re-surfaced all stone buggy paths with turf, but otherwise there have been no changes to the remote course in Belmullet.

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47 Western Gailes

On-course improvements at this often under-rated links have centred around work on 31 bunkers; some small repairs, some face rebuilds and others full rebuilds.

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48 Machrihanish

While it’s all change at new neighbour Machrihanish Dunes, this historic links remains exactly the same.

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49 Royal St David's

This wonderful old links arguably offers the best value in this entire list; £62 for a day’s golf is scarcely believable.

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50 Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

A rapid rise in the rankings for a course which has long been highly rated by some of the panel and with others adding their weight to the debate, it has now reached a position more representative of its quality.

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