Top Golf Course Ranking Lists

Finca Cortesin in Spain

As with rankings of just about anything, the results are varied and subjective. Golf course and golf resort rankings certainly exhibit a wide range of opinions and diverse statistical criteria. Two members of our Premier Golf team serve as panelists at prestigious publications. International travel consultant Bill Hogan is a panelist for Golf Magazine World and USA Top 100 Courses and Platinum Clubs of the World. Manager of European operations Euan Findlay is a panelist for Golf Digest.

Here are some well-respected rankings that might help you decide where to tee up on your next golf vacation.


Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”, which was released in May, is a terrific guide for golf vacationers. Here’s the top 10: (1) Pebble Beach Golf Links (2) Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes (3) Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort (4) Whistling Straits-Kohler (5) Shadow Creek, Las Vegas (6) Pinehurst Resort No. 2 (7) Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort (8) Bethpage State Park Black (9) Erin Hills Golf Course, Wisconsin (10) Old Macdonald at Bandon Dunes.


According to, Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa in Spain is the “Best Golf Resort of 2017”.  Other notables in the top 10, include Monte Rei Golf & CC in Portugal at #2, Slieve Donard (Royal County Down) in Ireland at #5, Trump Turnberry in Scotland at #6, Royal Golf Hotel (Royal Dornoch) in Scotland at #8 and Old Course Hotel (St. Andrews) in Scotland at #9.


Highly-respected Golf Channel and Golf Advisor golf travel expert Matt Ginella’s Top 50 Courses You can Play feature these in his Top 5: (1) Pebble Beach Golf Links (2) Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort (3) Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort (4) Bethpage State Park Black (5) Straits at Whistling Straits


According to, it’s Top 10 is as follows: (1) Cypress Point (2) Pine Valley (3) Shinnecock Hills (4) Royal County Down (5) St. Andrews Old (6) Augusta National (7) Royal Melbourne West (8) Royal Dornoch Championship (9) Muirfield (10) Oakmont

For a fantastic, expertly planned golf vacation to the 149th Open at Royal St George’s in 2021 or Ryder Cup 2020 at Whistling Straits  as well as other fascinating international and U.S. destinations, visit Premier Golf or call 866-260-4409 to speak with one of our knowledgeable, experienced and friendly golf travel specialists.

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