Sunningdale New has been shaped by Harry Colt and features some wonderful par 3s that make for a stern test

Royal Portrush Dunluce sits on a stunning piece of coastline, and boasts some of the game's best holes. The winding road into Portrush only adds to the excitement of playing…

Pat Ruddy set up the European Club nearly 20 years ago to bring world-class golf to County Wicklow, and the breathtaking magnificence of the links he created has expedited its…

Loch Lomond is rivaled by few when it comes to course layout, with each hole offering spectacular views. If you can get a game here, you won't be disappointed

The 2006 Open Championship was won by a certain Tiger Woods at Royal Liverpool. There are a great variety of holes here to enjoy, and the views across the Dee…

Royal St George’s golf course is set in a real natural landscape, and really does test every aspect of your game unrelentingly

Lahinch sits just outside the Top 10, but the recent Hawtree renovation work makes this links a must-play. Some of the views are truly inspiring

Royal Lytham & St Annes is a true links requiring solid accurate play. The course is in superb condition, and the clubhouse is a real experience in itself

Waterville features a beautifully balanced layout with some jaw-dropping scenery. Visitors can expect a warm welcome

Kingsbarns is a fantastic design and an enjoyable experience no matter what you score. The credit for that must go to architect Kyle Phillips.

Carnoustie hosted Padraig Harrington’s thrilling Open Championship victory in 2007. It's hard to think of a sterner – or fairer – test of golf in the British Isles

Ballybunion Old course offers an excellent all-round test. This famous County Kerry links is thoroughly deserving of a spot in our top 10

Royal Birkdale is an Open venue favourite boasting a great challenge, and a rich history. The design is incredibly challenging with each hole beautifully framed

Royal County Down contains some magnificent backdrops and some testing blind shots

St Andrews Old Course can boast a history like no other with some truly remarkable physical features. Every hole lives long in the memory, the mark of a truly great…

Open Championship venue for 2009, the Ailsa course features some of the best holes in world golf. For many, the true beauty of Mackenzie Ross’ famous linksland has long been…

The East Lothian course of Muirfield tops the lot with a links layout that requires supreme skill and imagination where no two holes are the same. The clubhouse cleverly blends…

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