Top 100 Platinum Golf & Country Clubs of the World 2018-19

Platinum Clubs of the World 2018-2019

Platinum Club status is the pinnacle of recognition for private clubs around the world. Acknowledgement as a Platinum Club is the most revered in the private club industry.

The results for the Platinum Clubs® of the World 2018-19 election, conducted by Club Leaders Forum every two years, are official. Platinum Clubs excel in best practices and represent the standard of Excellence for the finest private Golf & Country Clubs and City Clubs around the globe. The Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs and Top 100 City Clubs are elected by an international Panel of experts, historians and connoisseurs in a confidential ballot and that is certified as true and correct.

The Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs proudly represent 30 countries, a true testament to the international diversity of the elected clubs. 14 clubs garnered Platinum status from Asia; 10 clubs are located in Great Britain and Ireland; and 11 Clubs are from Continental Europe. This year, Platinum Clubs of the World welcomes 13 new Golf & Country Clubs to the Top 100; six of these clubs were awarded and Honorable Mention in 2016-17 and seven are brand new entries.

For the first time, Augusta National has been voted the #1 Platinum Club of the World, Golf & Country Clubs. The host of the 2018 U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills, made a strong move this election from 7th to 3rd place. Past U.S. Open site, Merion Golf Club, made a similar move up four places from 9th to 5th. And entering the top 10 for the first time is Baltusrol.

International clubs positioned in the top 20 include: The R&A (Scotland), Royal Melbourne (Australia), Muirfield (Scotland), Morfontaine (France), Sunningdale (England) and Shanqin Bay (China), which is the first club to make the top 20 from the continent of Asia in the history of Platinum Clubs of the World.

The 75 Honorable Mention recipients in both the Golf & Country Club and the City Club categories narrowly missed earning Platinum Club status this year. These clubs are encouraged to observe the Selection Criteria, welcome Panelists to visit their clubs and set a goal of Platinum recognition in 2020.

Top 100 Platinum Golf & Country Clubs

Rank Club Country Points
1 Augusta National Golf Club USA 92.40
2 Pine Valley Golf Club USA 91.32
3 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club USA 89.33
4 The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Scotland 88.24
5 Merion Golf Club USA 84.68
6 The Royal Melbourne Golf Club Australia 83.17
7 Muirfield – The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers Scotland 80.75
8 Cypress Point Club USA 80.23
9 Golf de Morfontaine France 79.33
10 Baltusrol Golf Club USA 78.89
11 Congressional Country Club USA 78.56
12 Ocean Reef Club USA 77.12
13 Sunningdale Golf Club England 77.03
14 National Golf Links of America USA 74.23
15 Boca West Country Club USA 74.10
16 Oakmont Country Club USA 74.04
17 The Los Angeles Country Club USA 72.69
18 Shanqin Bay Golf Club China 72.23
19 Seminole Golf Club USA 71.40
20 Winged Foot Golf Club USA 71.20
21 Les Bordes France 70.63
22 Cherokee Town and Country Club USA 70.42
23 The Madison Club USA 70.21
24 Whisper Rock Golf Club USA 68.41
25 The Vintage Club USA 68.30
26 Haesley Nine Bridges South Korea 67.29
27 Caves Valley Golf Club USA 67.18
28 Chicago Golf Club USA 66.05
29 Muirfield Village Golf Club USA 65.66
30 Isleworth Golf & Country Club USA 64.15
31 Ayodhya Links Thailand 63.49
32 The Reserve Club USA 60.04
33 John’s Island Club USA 60.01
34 Addison Reserve Country Club USA 59.70
35 The Country Club (Brookline) USA 59.59
36 Medinah Country Club USA 58.18
37 Vidauban Golf Club France 58.01
38 Aronimink Golf Club USA 57.04
39 Bel-Air Country Club USA 56.76
40 San Francisco Golf Club USA 56.50
41 Real Club Valderrama Spain 55.67
42 Fishers Island Club USA 55.23
43 Tokyo Golf Club Japan 54.54
44 Diamante Golf Club Mexico 53.65
45 The Royal St. George’s Golf Club England 52.61
46 Hirono Golf Club Japan 51.53
47 BIGHORN Golf Club USA 50.05
48 Charlotte Country Club USA 49.90
49 Loch Lomond Golf Club Scotland 49.68
50 Chevy Chase Club USA 49.33
51 The Royal County Down Golf Club Northern Ireland 49.21
52 Tara Iti New Zealand 49.04
53 Lake Nona Golf & Country Club USA 48.94
54 Yellowstone Club USA 48.90
55 The Riviera Country Club (Los Angeles) USA 48.60
56 River Oaks Country Club USA 48.57
57 Oakland Hills Country Club USA 48.50
58 Queenwood Golf Club England 48.46
59 The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle Scotland 48.33
60 Yas Links Abu Dhabi UAE 48.29
61 Oak Hill Country Club USA 48.27
62 Indian Creek Country Club USA 48.15
63 St. George’s Golf & Country Club Canada 48.04
64 Desert Highlands Golf Club USA 47.92
65 Golf de Fontainebleau France 47.77
66 Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club Italy 47.60
67 The Hong Kong Golf Club Hong Kong 47.41
68 Mayacama USA 47.33
69 Kingston Heath Golf Club Australia 47.29
70 Monterey Peninsula Country Club USA 47.12
71 Sage Valley Golf Club USA 46.21
72 Royal Zoute Golf Club Belgium 46.15
73 Jupiter Hills Club USA 46.08
74 Leopard Creek South Africa 45.97
75 The National Golf Club of Canada Canada 45.81
76 Desert Mountain Club USA 45.63
77 Golf Club Milano Italy 45.48
78 The Singapore Island Country Club Singapore 45.43
79 Golf Club du Domaine Imperial Switzerland 45.39
80 Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg Ireland 45.34
81 Laguna National Golf & Country Club Singapore 45.27
82 Maidstone Club USA 45.23
83 Portmarnock Golf Club Ireland 45.15
84 Hamburger Golfclub Falkenstein Germany 45.11
85 Oitavos Dunes Golf Club Portugal 45.10
86 Sentosa Golf Club Singapore 45.08
87 Lyford Cay Club The Bahamas 45.03
88 TPC Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 44.78
89 Enhance Anting Golf Club China 44.13
90 Bellerive Country Club USA 44.07
91 Jockey Club Argentina 43.79
92 Manila Golf & Country Club Philippines 43.53
93 The Mid Ocean Club Bermuda 43.22
94 Houston Country Club USA 43.21
95 Whistling Rock Country Club South Korea 43.16
96 Emirates Golf Club UAE 43.11
97 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea South Korea 42.94
98 Albany The Bahamas 42.78
99 The Australian Golf Club Australia 42.67
100 Bro Hof Slott Golf Club Sweden 42.50

Honorable Mention

The following Golf & Country Clubs were ranked 101 – 175 and are awarded an Honorable Mention. The 75 Honorable Mention recipients narrowly missed earning Platinum Club status this year. These clubs are encouraged to observe the Selection Criteria, welcome Panelists to visit their clubs and set a goal of Platinum recognition in 2020.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club UAE Old Marsh Golf Club USA
The Alotian Club USA Old Sandwich Golf Club USA
Apes Hill Club Barbados Paris International Golf Club France
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge USA Peachtree Golf Club USA
Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club The Bahamas Pestovo Golf & Yacht Club Russia
Ballybunion Golf Club Ireland Pezula Golf Club South Africa
The Bear’s Club USA Philadelphia Cricket Club USA
Beaverbrook England Preston Trail Golf Club USA
BRG Da Nang Golf Club Vietnam Querencia Golf Club Mexico
California Golf Club of San Francisco USA Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande Spain
Capital Golf Club Australia Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro Spain
Castle Pines Golf Club USA Royal Antwerp Golf Club Belgium
Circolo del Golf Roma Acquasanta Italy Royal Birkdale Golf Club England
Circolo Golf Venezia Italy The Royal Calcutta Golf Club India
The Club at Kukui’ula USA Royal Dornoch Golf Club Scotland
The Club at Mediterra USA Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club South Africa
The Club at Nine Bridges South Korea Royal Liverpool Golf Club England
Crystal Downs Country Club USA Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club England
The Delhi Golf Club India The Royal Montreal Golf Club Canada
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club UAE Royal Portrush Golf Club Northern Ireland
East Lake Golf Club USA The Royal Selangor Golf Club Malaysia
El Dorado Golf & Beach Club Mexico The Royal Sydney Golf Club Australia
Ellerston Australia Royal Troon Golf Club Scotland
Friar’s Head USA Royal Waterloo Golf Club Belgium
Glen Oaks Club USA The Sanctuary Golf Club USA
Golf Club Crans-Sur-Sierre Switzerland Sand Hills Golf Club USA
Golf de Chantilly France Sandy Lane Barbados
Golf de Saint-Germain France Scioto Country Club USA
Holstebro Golfklub Denmark Sebonack Golf Club USA
La Reserva Club Spain Sheshan International Golf Club China
Lake Karrinyup Country Club Australia Sporting Club Berlin Germany
Lords Valley Country Club USA Swinley Forest Golf Club England
The Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Philippines Tanah Merah Country Club Singapore
Memphrémagog Golf Club Canada The Toronto Golf Club Canada
Nanea Golf Club USA The Valley Club of Montecito USA
Naruo Golf Club Japan Victoria Golf Club Canada
New South Wales Golf Club Australia Wade Hampton Golf Club USA
Old Head Golf Links Ireland