Author: Ruben van der Zaag

Golfers’ Choice Rankings 2023

27 March 2023
8 min. read
Ruben van der Zaag
It’s that time of the year, Golfers’ Choice Rankings are here! These are rankings in 15 countries in Europe and beyond of the best golf clubs, golf courses and eight other categories. Find out where your favourites rank!
Les Bordes in France is one of the winners in the 2023 Golfers' Choice Rankings. (Photo: courtesy of Les Bordes Golf)

The Golfers’ Choice Rankings are 100% based on reviews and ratings given by actual golfers, which makes them the most transparent rankings in the world of golf, because you as a golfer decide who comes out on top.

This is the 11th year Leading Courses publishes Golfers' Choice Rankings. There are rankings in 15 countries and 10 categories in total this year. Two new and exciting categories are Best Surroundings and Best Restaurant.

Important to know is that Golfers' Choice Rankings are only published in countries and categories when they are reliable. That means there need to be enough reviews of each golf club in a specific country to launch a Golfers' Choice Ranking.

These rankings are intended as a reference tool and to advise golfers on where they should play. If enough Leading Courses users are enthusiastic about a golf club, chances are that other golfers will feel the same way.

Want to know more about how all rankings are created? Read more here about what the Golfers’ Choice Rankings exactly are.

Best Golf Clubs and Best Golf Courses

Les Bordes is the Best Golf Club overall in France, but Golf De Fontainebleau had the Best Golf Course. (Photo: Alexis Orloff via Golf De Fontainebleau)

There is a distinction between the rating of Golf Clubs and Golf Courses. When we speak about the Best Golf Clubs, that means the whole picture: general impression, the course, maintenance, hospitality and so on. These are the golf clubs that really stand out of the crowd and tick all the boxes. 

When talking about the Best Golf Course, we mean just the rating of the course. Obviously, the course rating has a lot of weight in the overall rating of a golf club.

Moving on to the exciting part, the actual rankings! In 2023 there are Golfers’ Choice Rankings in 15 countries, 11 of them in Europe and the other 4 in Africa (2), Asia (1) and South America (1). 

Below is the ranking of all winning clubs in the “Best 18 Holes Golf Club” category. These are the overall winners of the Golfers’ Choice Rankings. Click the link to see the overall ranking for a specific country and on that page use the navigation menu on the left to see the ranking of your choice in that country.

Book a tee time at award winning golf clubs

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club hosts the 2023 Ryder Cup and they are also the winner of Best Maintenance in Italy in the Golfers' Choice Rankings. Book your tee times for this course on Leading Courses! (Photo: Marco Simone Golf & Country Club)

With over 3000 courses to choose from when booking a tee time on Leading Courses, there's something for everyone. But how cool is it to book those tee times at award-winning clubs? This year, there are 16 different number ones - in several categories - where you can book a tee time and experience yourself just why these clubs are the best in their category.

  • 🇦🇹 - Best surroundings: Golf Eichenheim 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇧🇪 - Best 18 Holes Golf Club: Hulencourt 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇫🇷 - Best value for money: Golf Du Chateau D'Augerville 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇮🇹 - Best 18-holes golf club: Circolo Golf Villa d'Este 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇮🇹 - Best maintenance: Marco Simone Golf & Country Club 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇮🇹 - Best value for money: Golf Club Bellosguardo Vinci 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇲🇦 - Best 18-holes golf club: Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇲🇦 - Best maintenance: Assoufid Golf Club 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇲🇦 - Most hospitable golf club: Tazegzout Golf 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇲🇦 - Best value for money: PalmGolf Marrakech Ourika 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇵🇹 - Best 18-holes golf club: Monte Rei Golf & Country Club 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇵🇹 - Best surroundings: Troia Golf 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇵🇹 - Best value for money: West Cliffs 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇪🇸 - Most hospitable golf club: Finca Cortesín Golf Club 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇪🇸 - Best value for money: Izki Golf 👉 Book a tee time
  • 🇳🇱 - Best facilities: Bernardus Golf 👉 Book a tee time

Influence the rankings!

It's up to you whether these rankings will stay the same, or if we have new winners next year. Your reviews decide the outcome of the Golfers' Choice Rankings for 100%. So don't sit back and wait until next year's rankings, but get busy! 

Write your reviews on Leading Courses to share your experiences with other golfers, and to help decide the rankings for 2024!

Thanks to the Golfers’ Choice Rankings sponsors


All Golfers’ Choice Categories have a title sponsor. These brands have a strong connection with golf and we’re very proud to work with them. Our sponsors help us to promote the Golfers' Choice Rankings on a large scale. 

The more golfers we reach with the Golfers’ Choice Rankings, the more they will (hopefully) share their own reviews of golf courses. That way Leading Courses will be able to release rankings in even more countries in the future and advise more golfers worldwide.

Big Green Egg

One of the new categories is Best Restaurant. We could not think of a better sponsor than our Brand Partner Big Green Egg. The famous green kamado BBQ brand has been making its mark in the world of golf and can be found in some of the best golf course restaurants.

Cobra Puma Golf

COBRA PUMA GOLF Sponsors the Best 9-holes Golf Club category. COBRA PUMA GOLF is a leading golf brand that designs and develops superior-quality golf equipment as well as stylish, high-performance golf apparel, footwear and accessories. We are proud to call COBRA PUMA GOLF one of our official brand partners.

Costa del Sol

The Best 18-holes Golf Club category has been adopted by Costa del Sol. This popular region in the South of Spain attracts golfers from all over the world. With 70 great golf courses, the region is often dubbed the Costa del Golf.

Visit Madeira

Visit Madeira sponsors The Best Golf Courses category in 2023. Ready to discover breathtaking scenery, crystal clear waters, age-old traditions, genuine flavours and Terrific golf courses? Welcome to Madeira and Porto Santo!

Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel

The Most Hospitable Golf Club category is sponsored by Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel - a Hommage Luxury Hotel. Unbeatable comfort. Unbelievable scenery. Unforgettable experiences. We all want our holidays to be special. Look no further than the Grand Tirolia Hotel - located right next to Golf Eichenheim - for a break dreams are made of in Kitzbühel.


Who better to own the Best Maintenance category than our friends at Pitchfix. Anyone who has ever pressed the button on the Pitchfix switch-blade ball mark repair tool will recognise the satisfying sound and sensation as the tool opens. Pitchfix helps you take good care of the golf course.

The Ace Challenge

Making a hole-in-one (aka an Ace) requires a lot of luck, but also a lot of practice. That is why the Best Facilities category is sponsored by The Ace Challenge. This mobile app will make your golf game even more fun and you even have the chance to win €10,000!

Costa Cruises

The Best Value for Money category is sponsored by Costa Cruises. Imagine a Mediterranean vacation combining your favourite sport with the comfort of a cruise. Play at some of Europe's finest golf clubs and relax in the swimming pool and spa while enjoying high-quality cuisine from on-board restaurants. It's a hole-in-one for golf and cruise lovers.

Tenerife Golf

And last, but certainly not least, the Best Surroundings and Best Golf Courses Par-3 categories are presented by Tenerife Golf. An average annual temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, 9 golf courses designed by some of the greatest architects and some of the best local culture and cuisine make Tenerife a paradise for any golfer.

As mentioned before, the Golfers’ Choice Rankings are 100% based on reviews of golfers, sponsors do not have any influence on the outcome of the rankings.

Media Partners

In several countries we have media partners that help us spread the word about the Golfers' Choice Rankings. As we try to reach as many golfers as possible, these media partners play a vital role in publishing interesting content about the Golfers' Choice Rankings. We're proud to call these golf publications our media partners:

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