Independent golf course review website Leadingcourses.com has announced it Golfers’ Choice Awards for 2019.
The rankings, which this year cover 15 countries in three continents, are based on the independent reviews of golfers, which makes it the only user-generated golf course ranking in golf.
The Golfers’ Choice Rankings, which were first created six years ago, are only released in countries where Leadingcourses.com considers that there have been enough reviews to create a reliable ranking. Only when a golf club has gathered sufficient reviews are eligible to qualify for the rankings. To make sure that ratings stay relevant, reviews are devalued over time.
This year, South Africa joined the rankings for the first time, while there were eight new top-ranked courses. The biggest jump by a winner was in Belgium, where Royal Golf Club Sart Tilman (main picture) went from sixth to first. Another notable new No.1 is Real Golf de Pedreña, which is the number one in Spain, after toppling Valderrama from the top spot that it has held for the past five years.
Monte Rei Golf and Country Club in Portugal and the Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club in The Netherlands were ranked as the best courses according to golfers in their country for the sixth and fifth years in a row respectively.
Many golf courses in the rankings have green fees of €200-plus, while the cheapest club to top the country lists is Assoufid in Morocco, which charges €79 for 18 holes. The most expensive is Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, where the walk-on green fee is €291 a round.
2019 LeadingCourses.com country-by country rankings’ winners
|Austria||Golfclub ADAMSTAL Franz Wittmann||8.7||View ranking|
|Belgium||Royal Golf Club Sart Tilman||8.4||View ranking|
|Cyprus||Eléa Estate||8.3||View ranking|
|France||Golf De Morfontaine||9.5||View ranking|
|Germany||Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof||8.8||View ranking|
|Italy||Circolo Golf Villa d’Este||8.9||View ranking|
|Mauritius||Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club||9.1||View ranking|
|Morocco||Assoufid Golf Club||8.6||View ranking|
|Portugal||Monte Rei Golf & Country Club||9.2||View ranking|
|South Africa||Fancourt – The Links||9.3||View ranking|
|Spain||Real Golf de Pedreña||9.2||View ranking|
|Sweden||Ullna GC||9.2||View ranking|
|Netherlands||Koninklijke Haagsche G&CC||8.9||View ranking|
|Turkey||The Montgomerie Maxx Royal||8.7||View ranking|
|UAE||Emirates Golf Club Dubai||9.0||View ranking|