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Atlantic Links courses shine in Top 100 Courses
August 26, 2011

The inclusion of all six courses that comprise England's Atlantic Links

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The championship links of Saunton East in Devon and St Enodoc in Cornwall are both ranked in the top 20, in 8th and 16th position respectively, whilst Burnham & Berrow in Somerset comes in at number 33. The three other courses that complete the offering all make the top 70 with Trevose in 53rd spot, Royal North Devon at 62 and Saunton West in 68 th slot.

The top three positions in the respected course ranking were secured by Royal Birkdale, Sunningdale Old and Woodhall Spa respectively.

"This is a fantastic recognition for all the Atlantic Links courses on an individual basis. However it is the inclusion of all six courses within in the top 70 of this prestigious ranking that makes it really significant for the Atlantic Links group as a whole," commented Peter McMullen, general manager of Saunton Golf Club.

"We pride ourselves in offering a golfing trail that boasts the top premier links courses in the South West of England and for all our courses to be ranked so highly in this well-respected national course ranking serves as a strong endorsement of the Atlantic Links offering."

Easily accessible to golfers from all over the world via the international airports of Bristol, Exeter and Newquay, the M4 and M5 motorways and A39 "Atlantic Highway" , the Atlantic Links courses also offer extremely good value for money with summer green fees averaging out at around £65 per person.

Golf World prides itself on delivering authoritative course rankings and its GB&I Top 100 has been running for more than 25 years. For the first time this year the publication, in association with Polo Ralph Lauren, has ranked golf courses in the four home nations on an individual basis.

The rankings were decided  by a specially-selected English panel that featured many of the country's golfing luminaries including double Major winner Tony Jacklin, Ryder Cup star Oliver Wilson, European Tour winner Graeme Storm, broadcaster Bruce Critchley as well as leading course designers Martin Hawtree, Ross McMurray and Peter McEvoy.

The courses are ranked on a variety of factors such as aesthetic appeal, routing, conditioning and historical significance.

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