World's Best Golf Courses

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Scottish Malt Whisky Glenmorangie has been running a competition that invites golfers to vote for the top 18 golf courses in the world.

Since February, people have been uploading and voting for the courses they consider are the best - these entries are then judged for their “unnecessarily well made” credentials and commented on by a panel including Tony Jacklin, Sir Nick Faldo and world renowned photographer David Cannon, who we talked to about the process to find the world's best:

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What's your personal favourite course to work on? Turnberry in Scotland - beautiful and challenging in every way. The views are amazing and change from minute to minute. You get breathtaking views looking over  to Arran and sometimes, if clear, to Northern Ireland but, whatever the weather, and it can be brutal, I always marvel at the beauty of the course and its setting.

And to play? I have lots of favourites: The Ailsa Course at Turnberry, Muirfield or Royal Dornoch would be my seaside Links favourites. Woodhall Spa is my favourite inland course in Britain, but for what I call knock out effect it's hard to look past Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand or the Old Head of Kinsale in Ireland.

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What makes a great golf course worthy of the Unnecessarily Well Made golf competition? For me it's all about the setting and the course giving you fantastic memories that you never forget. It does not have to be in the World's top 100 or even the top 1000 it just has to make you want to come back over and over again.

Which courses have an aura about them when you drive through the gates? Augusta National has the biggest aura - but is probably the most inaccessible club in the world.

For me it's the feeling of driving round a corner or through the gates and seeing the course in front of you. Like at St Andrews when you get the first glimpse of the 'Auld Toon' as you approach from either side of the town - just brilliant. It gives me tingles every time I go there.

I love going through the big iron gates at the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield - that course has serious 'aura' - probably recognised as the fairest of all Open Championship venues.

How did you find working with Glenmorangie for the Unnecessarily Well Made golf courses campaign? I cannot tell you how much fun I had trying to choose my top ten and then the little irritation when I found that I had doubled up and Sir Nick Faldo had 'pinched a couple'. I must have taken about ten hours chopping and changing my lists - but finally I tried to choose my most unnecessarily well made courses from a photographers point of view.

I have been lucky to have visited over 1000 courses worldwide in my 32 years as a photographer and every year I marvel at the contrasts between the courses that have been there for over 100 years and the new courses that look like they have been there for a lifetime as well.