Portmarnock and Mount Juliet top Backspin poll
 Portmarnock Golf Club

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A change at the top in the links category and four new entries in the top-30 in the parkland category are the highlights of the 2010 Irish Golf Courses Rankings results determined by a panel of 54 voters and announced in the Spring issue of Backspin Golf Magazine.

In the links category, Portmarnock Golf Club has reversed positions with Royal Co. Down, which topped Backspin's inaugural poll two years ago. Royal Portrush and The European Club have retained their third and fourth positions.

Portmarnock received 12 top votes (250 pts), 10 votes of 225pts and 9 votes of 200pts. Royal Co. Down received 13 top votes (250 pts), 11 votes of 225pts and 5 votes of 200pts.

In the parkland category there's no change in the top-4 with Mount Juliet topping the poll again while K Club Palmer, Adare and Druids Glen retain their positions. The top-6 courses in the parkland category have all staged international events, reflecting the quality of Ireland's parkland jewels.

Mount Juliet received 15 top votes (250 pts), 10 votes of 225pts and 5 votes of 200pts. K Club Palmer received 10 top votes (250 pts), 7 votes of 225pts and 7 votes of 200pts.

New entries in the parkland category are Killeen Castle (11th), Lough Erne (13th), Concra Wood (23rd) and Bunclody (27th).

The only club to receive votes from all 54 voters was Co. Louth (Baltray).

Two years ago, Backspin Golf Magazine broke fresh ground by becoming the first golf publication to treat Irish links and parkland courses separately.

Voters were asked to nominate their 15 favourite courses in both categories. Emphasis was placed on design, presentation, setting, challenge and the personal enjoyment factor.

Points were awarded in both categories as follows:

1st - 250; 2nd - 225; 3rd - 200; 4th - 175; 5th - 150; 6th - 140; 7th - 130; 8th - 120; 9th - 110; 10th - 100; 11th - 90; 12th - 80; 13th - 70; 14th - 60; 15th - 50.

2010 Voting Panellists

Irish professionals: Raymond Burns, Eamonn Darcy, Eddie Doyle, John Dwyer, Noel Fox, Peter Hanna, George Henry, David Higgins, Liam Higgins, Francis Howley, Ian Kerr, Graeme McDowell, Brendan McGovern, Harry McKinney, Christy O'Connor Jnr, Peter O'Hagan, Denis O'Sullivan, Des Smyth, Gordon Smyth, Paul Thompson, Simon Thornton and Philip Walton

Irish amateurs: Keith Bardon, Michael Burns, Barry Doyle, Eddie Dunne, Jody Fanagan, Mark Gannon, Loyal Goulding, Niall Goulding, Dougie Heather, Tony Heverin, Ken Kearney, Enda Lonergan, Mary McKenna, Adrian Morrow, Christy Moylan, Pat Murray, Sheena McElroy (O'Brien-Kenney), Paddy O'Looney, Eddie Power, Eileen Rose Power and Niall Quinn.

Golfing media: Pat Cashman, Cathal Dervan, Paul Gallagher, Brian Keogh, Dan Murphy, Ewen Murray, Declan O'Donoghue, Philip Quinn, John Redmond, Colm Smith and Liam Spratt

2010 Results

Top 25 Links/ Shoreline:

1st Portmarnock - 10,090 pts

2nd Royal County Down - 9665

3rd Royal Portrush (Dunluce) - 9460

4th The European Club - 7775

5th County Louth (Baltray) - 7480

6th Waterville -7385

7th Ballybunion (Old) - 7345

8th Lahinch (Old) - 6910

9th County Sligo (Rosses Point) - 4785

10th The Island - 3470

11th The Royal Dublin - 3205

12th Doonbeg - 3200

13th Tralee - 2865

14th Ballyliffin (Glashedy) - 2440

15th Enniscrone - 2330

16th Ballyliffin (Old) - 2255

17th Old Head Kinsale - 1720

18th Portstewart (Strand) - 1665

19th Connemara - 1510

20th Donegal (Murvagh) - 1215

21st Belmullet (Carne) - 960

22nd Portmarnock Hotel & Links - 910

23rd Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) - 900

24th Dooks - 690

25th Rosslare - 650

A total of 44 golf courses received votes in this category

Top 35 Parkland:

1st Mount Juliet - 9760 pts

2nd K Club (Palmer course) - 8295

3rd Adare - 7955

4th Druids Glen - 6115

5th Killarney (Killeen) - 5515

6th The Heritage - 4955

7th Palmerstown Stud - 4855 (formerly PGA National)

8th Headfort (New) - 4055

9th Carton (Montgomerie) - 3410

10th Carlow - 3250

11th Killeen Castle - 3245

12th Fota Island - 3230

13th Lough Erne - 2890

14th Cork (Little Island) - 2415

15th Malone - 2405

16th Slieve Russell - 2230

17th K Club (Smurfit) - 2115

18th Carton (O'Meara) - 1725

19th Hermitage - 1575

20th Westport - 1460

21st Belvoir Park - 1450

22nd Killarney (Mahony's Point) - 1345

23rd Concra Wood - 1325

24th Mullingar - 1160

25th Tullamore - 1130/Luttrellstown Castle - 1130

27th Bunclody - 1090

28th Mount Wolseley - 980

29th Rathsallagh - 920

30th Grange - 845

31st Tramore - 810

32nd Glasson - 735

33rd Knightsbrook - 730

34th Shannon - 670

35th Powerscourt (West) - 655