We have a network of over 200 "inspectors", composed of enlightened amateurs, professional golfers and journalists specializing in golf course architecture. They have anonymously worked their way around the golfing world, completing an in-depth questionnaire and adding incisive and personalized comments of their own. They were obviously interested in those that have emerged since 2010, while never ignoring and reassessing those that were in the first edition.
Our Editorial Committee has given each course a score, geared primarily to the excellence of the site, the course architecture involved, and of course maintenance and condition. After considerable deliberation and verification, we took the entire 32,000 courses currently registered worldwide and ended up with those we consider to be the Top 1000.
66 countries are represented in the guide, with all manner of golf course (links, seaside, parkland etc) and all the varied types of golf club, be they private, public or resort. It is interesting to note that 33% of the courses are to be found in the United States, 29% in Europe, with the fast developing countries of Asia Pacific having 26%, leaving 12% covering the rest of the world.
For the first time in the history of golf, a genuine world ranking has been established; like all rankings it is of course subjective, but it is the result of unbiased and independent opinion with no commercial pressure. The goal is for you to enjoy these treasures, be they the ancient links of Scotland and Ireland, gems from the Golden Age of American golf architecture, or luxury golf resorts in the Asia Pacific region.
Please feel free to send us your remarks and observations. We will study them all most carefully, as they will help to improve the quality of our work. We take this opportunity to wish you great golfing on our Top 1000 courses...