|Royal Portrush... No. 2 in both lists.|
There are surprisingly few changes in GDI's 2018 results - compared to 2017 - so I have included these when setting the two rankings side by side below.
I have highlighted the courses where there are interesting variations (in green) and
where there are serious variations (in red)... not surprisingly most of the red highlights appear in the second half with Dun Laoghaire and Tramore being notable exceptions.
The panels for the magazines were quite different as were the rating criteria.
Irish Golfer Criteria and Weighting
Visual Appeal (10%)
Golf Digest Ireland Criteria and Weighting
Design variety (12.5%)
WOW factor (12.5%)
Degree of difficulty/fairness (12.5%)
FYI: I was on the Irish Golfer panel.
Here are the rankings... enjoy... and decide for yourself which ranking is more to your taste.
Rankings 1 to 25
|The Island is 8th in the Irish Golfer ranking... and 13th in GDI's|
Rankings 26 to 50
|The K Club (Smurfit) course... not much difference between the two lists|
Rankings 51 to 75
|Powerscourt West is 15 places higher in the Irish Golfer ranking|
and inside the top 50.
Rankings 76 to 100
|Castle Golf Club is a whopping 22 places higher in the Irish Golfer ranking |
and, more importantly, pips Grange as Dublin city's best parkland.
No doubt you'll have issues with both rankings... that's the nature of such lists... but, as I've always said, perhaps it will encourage you to go and play a course you haven't played before. After all, Irish golf has so much choice.