Ile aux Cerfs is Mauritius' no.1 in the Leadingcourses 2019 Golfers' Choice Awards.
The Golfers' Choice Award in Mauritius goes to the wonderful Ile aux Cerfs. (Photo: Jacob Sjöman)

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Golfers’ Choice Awards 2019, the best golf courses according to golfers. The Golfers’ Choice rankings have been created for 15 countries in total. For the first time a ranking could also be devised for South Africa. The rankings are based on the reviews of golfers, which makes it the only user generated golf course ranking in the world of golf.

The Golfers’ Choice Rankings were first created six years ago when we felt we needed to give golfers a voice. They are the ones that play the courses, so why shouldn’t they be the ones to decide the rankings? As a rating is calculated from every review that is written on it was a logical step to create a ranking of golf clubs, courses, facilities and more based on the opinion of golfers, hence The Golfers’ Choice.

Golfers’ Choice Rankings in 15 countries

Golfers’ Choice Rankings are only released in countries where we have enough reviews to create a reliable ranking. Not every golf course is automatically included in the Golfers’ Choice Rankings. When a golf club has gathered sufficient reviews they are eligible to qualify for the rankings. To make sure that ratings stay relevant, reviews are devalued over time.

Adamstal in Austria belongs to The Best Golf Courses according to golfers
Golfclub ADAMSTAL Franz Wittmann is the number 1 in Austria.

The winners per country

This year rankings have been released for 15 countries in 3 continents. It is the first time a ranking has been created for South Africa, which is a very popular destination amongst golfers.

AustriaGolfclub ADAMSTAL Franz Wittmann8.7View ranking
BelgiumRoyal Golf Club Sart Tilman8.4View ranking
CyprusEléa Estate8.3View ranking
FranceGolf De Morfontaine9.5View ranking
GermanyGolf Club Gut Lärchenhof8.8View ranking
ItalyCircolo Golf Villa d'Este8.9View ranking
MauritiusIle Aux Cerfs Golf Club9.1View ranking
MoroccoAssoufid Golf Club8.6View ranking
PortugalMonte Rei Golf & Country Club9.2View ranking
South AfricaFancourt - The Links9.3View ranking
SpainReal Golf de Pedreña9.2View ranking
SwedenUllna GC9.2View ranking
NetherlandsKoninklijke Haagsche G&CC8.9View ranking
TurkeyThe Montgomerie Maxx Royal8.7View ranking
UAEEmirates Golf Club Dubai9.0View ranking

New No.1’s and usual suspects

This year there are 8 new number 1’s. The biggest jump by a winner was in Belgium by Royal Golf Club Sart Tilman which went from 6 to 1. Things are very tight at the top in Belgium as the whole top-6 has a rating of an 8.4. The difference between no.1 Sart Tilman and no.2 Royal Bercuit Golf Club is only two hundreds! Another notable new number 1 is Real Golf de Pedreña, who is the number one after Valderrama had claimed the top spot for five years in a row.

We take our hats of for Monte Rei Golf and Country Club in Portugal and De Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club in The Netherlands which are the best golf courses according to golfers in their country for the respective 6th and 5th year in a row.

In Portugal, Monte Rei is the number 1 in the ranking of The Best Golf Courses according to golfers
Monte Rei in the Portugese Algarve is the number 1 in the Golfers’ Choice Rankings for the 6th year in a row.

Quality golf courses come at a price

Many golf courses in the above list have green fees of € 100,- or more. Some even go well over € 200,- So quality comes at a price. In return though, you often get the experience of a lifetime. As it turns out, golfers rather pay a higher green fee to play at an outstanding course, than a little less to play at a mediocre course.

If you’re looking for a bargain, you might find it at an unexpected place. At Golf de Morfontaine in France they are very private and do not have green fees. Once you’re invited by a member though, you only pay € 50,-. For the whole day. The cheapest public club in the list above is Assoufid Golf Club which charges €79,- for a round of 18 holes. The most expensive is Emirates Golf Club Dubai where you pay €291 for a round of golf.


Our aim is to help golfers worldwide to find, book and play the golf courses that suit them best. Recent studies show that 85% of all consumers use reviews to help them make their decision. With first hand information from fellow golfers about golf courses you will be able to make a better decision on where to play next.

On Leadingcourses you can for instance see how players with a similar handicap value a certain club or course. You can also choose to only take reviews from golfers that have played many golf courses into account. And there are filters that will help you narrow down your options.

Once you have found the golf course you want to play, it only takes a couple of clicks to book your tee time online on without any hassle and for the best price available.


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