These three cities have the most GOLF Top 100 Courses (within driving distance!)

November 23, 2019

If living within close proximity to GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World is important to you, there are three cities that stand out for the sheer number of top-ranked tracks within an easily drivable distance: New York City, London and Edinburgh, Scotland.

America’s Northeast (inclusive of Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester County, N.Y., and Connecticut) is home to an incredible 14 Top 100 courses. Scotland alone is home to 13. Combined, that’s 27 courses — more than a quarter of the entire list! If you make your home in the Big Apple (and know the right people), lucky you! Here are the driving distances you can expect to each Top 100 course within reasonable range — at least when it comes to mileage.

1. Pine Valley: 98 miles

4. Shinnecock Hills: 91 miles

5. National Golf Links of America: 91 miles

18. Fisher’s Island: 137 miles

23. Winged Foot (West): 24 miles

26. Friar’s Head: 80 miles

42. Somerset Hills: 50 miles

47. Garden City: 28 miles

53. Bethpage (Black): 40 miles

62. Winged Foot (East): 24 miles

64. Maidstone: 106 miles

74. Quaker Ridge: 23 miles

76. Sleepy Hollow: 33 miles

83. Yale: 77 miles

Average distance: 64 miles

There are 13 total Top 100 courses located in Scotland. From the metropolitan city of Edinburgh, here is the approximate mileage to every Top 100 course in the country.

3. St. Andrews (Old Course): 51 miles

10. Royal Dornoch: 197 miles

12. Muirfield: 21 miles

17. Trump Turnberry (Ailsa): 99 miles

32. Carnoustie: 74 miles

37. North Berwick (West): 24 miles

51. Royal Troon (Old): 81 miles

63. Cruden Bay: 157 miles

66. Castle Stuart: 159 miles

71. Kingsbarns: 54 miles

75. Prestwick: 81 miles

93. Machrihanish: 186 miles

100. Trump International GC: 141 miles

Average distance: 102 miles

Finally, England comes in third place when it comes to Top-100 course proximity, with 11 courses scattered throughout the country. Here are the distances you can expect to travel from the metropolitan London area:

29. Sunningdale (Old): 27 miles

33. Royal St. George’s: 82 miles

40. Royal Birkdale: 220 miles

54. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin): 147 miles

55. Swinley Forest: 30 miles

61. Royal Lytham & St. Annes: 249 miles

65. Royal Liverpool: 220 miles

67. Rye (Old): 83 miles

73. Sunningdale (New): 27 miles

86. St George’s Hill (A & B): 30 miles

90. Walton Heath (Old): 19 miles

Average distance: 104 miles

So there you have it! Just remember, if you relocate, you’ll either need to make a lot of new friends who happen to be members at these exclusive clubs, or get on a waiting list yourself.

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