North Berwick, Scotland

Golf was founded in the British Isles, and the region remains the best place to mix high profile, prestigious championship golf with low-key, laid-back hidden gems. The Planet Golf list features both.

Those courses unlucky to miss the Top 50 include: Formby, Loch Lomond, Nairn, Murcar, Enniscrone, Royal Lytham & St Annes, The European Club, The Island, Portstewart, Royal West Norfolk, Tenby, Saunton, Rosapenna, Enniscrone, Hillside and Pennard. The Machrie was previously included but has slipped off the list.

Lahinch
Woking
Rye
Carne
Ganton

Candidate courses

Listed below are some of the courses that once appeared on this Planet Golf ranking list and have since departed, as well as those that were close to being included and are strong candidates for future updates.