Golf Course Architecture's Architect's Choice Top 100 Golf Course survey has named the Old Course, St Andrews as the number one course in the world.
The survey, which was voted for by more than 240 golf course architects from around the world has been running since spring, identified the Old Course as incomparable, timeless and an inspiration to so many others.
The Links New Course also featured in the Top 100, voted number 56 in the list, which boasted a veritable feast of the most famous and greatest courses from around the world.
Comments from those voting included Paul Mogford, who said: “The Old Course, incomparable, sits atop – forged by Mother Nature."
Chad Goetz of Nicklaus Design said: “During the history of the profession, so many ideas and so much inspiration was taken from this course. I can’t think of any other course that has influenced design and the game more.”
Brandon Johnson of Arnold Palmer Design Company said: “It is a place that is endlessly complicated, mysterious, intriguing, strategically challenging and stimulating under all circumstances and simultaneously breaks and defines all the rules of design. It stands in a category of its own.”
Rick Robbins added: “The Old Course not only has such enormous tradition but in all respects has stood the test of time in regards to strategy of play and challenge to golfers. The fact that this icon of golf is open for all to play and is playable by all is an added bonus.”
The New Course was voted number 56 in the poll with William Swan of Swan Golf Designs stating: “It ticks every box for challenge, variety, beauty, charm, accessibility and history.”
St Andrews Links Chief Executive Euan Loudon welcomed the poll's results.
He said: “We are thrilled to learn that the Old Course has been voted number one and the New Course number 56 in the Architects’ Choice top 100 poll.
“It is a wonderful achievement to be recognised in such a definitive and informed ranking. We are blessed with unparalleled history but do not rest on our laurels and are committed to improving and enhancing the golfers experience at the Links.
“Achieving the top spot in this poll is fitting testimony to the work of the greenkeeping team at the Links. When you see the calibre of the courses from around the world included in the Architects’ Choice top 100 you can appreciate that a great deal of hard work goes into delivering our courses in top condition for the thousands of people who wish to play them every year. Recognition such as this is something of which St Andrews and everyone associated with the Links can be proud of.”