Jim Robertson

I live in central Scotland and am a teacher. I have played around 300 courses in my native land and enjoy seeking out hidden gems. Like other reviewers I take my camera on to the links and have built up an extensive photo collection. This is a great solace throughout Scottish winters as it serves as a reminder that the sun will indeed shine again and long days in shirt-sleeves in beautiful places are around the corner. I am a modest golfer with a handicap of 14. Aspirations to get this down have taken a hit with the arrival of four little grandsons in the past couple of years. I can't wait to get them out on a golf course. Hopefully they will all be better players than their Granpa but, more importantly, they will all derive the same pleasure from treading the sacred golfing places of Scotland. St Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry, Dornoch, Cruden Bay, Gullane... May they all mean as much to them as they have done to me.

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Hayston 02/06/2020

4th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
There are few courses I would be reluctant to revisit but Hayston is one of them. It consists of a succession of long par fours,almost all of which are uphill. I am sure...

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Douglas Park 02/06/2020

8th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
Douglas Park is traditional parkland golf with frequent changes of elevation to sustain interest. I particularly like the short par three 3rd through the trees and the do...

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Balmore 02/06/2020

7th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
Lucky old Harry Vardon! In 1907 the great man was shown this land and asked to design a course on it. The result was Balmore, described on the club video as 'Glasgow's Hi...

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Windyhill 02/06/2020

10th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
One of the highlights of a game at Windyhill are the stunning views across Glasgow from the north side of the city. The vista from the 16th tee, in particular, is a memor...

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Milngavie 01/06/2020

6th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
I thoroughly enjoyed my game at Milngavie with Mr James McCann of this parish. Not just for the company although it goes without saying that was delightful. The course at...

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Turriff 01/06/2020

21st North East Scotland - Best in Area
If you tire of the abundant seaside golf in the north-east you can do a lot worse than find your way to the pretty course at Turriff on the road north from Aberdeen to Ba...

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Cullen Links 01/06/2020

25th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Some courses fade in the memory as years pass. Holes mingle and elide until you're not quite sure where you played them. You will not, repeat not forget playing at Cullen...

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Hopeman 01/06/2020

20th North Scotland - Best in Area
Hopeman is a straightforward, honest links with one outstanding hole. It has gorse close to many of the narrow fairways and a lot of balls find their way in there. Everyt...

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Royal Dornoch (Struie) 01/06/2020

21st North Scotland - Best in Area
Turnberry has one as does Troon. Carnoustie has two and St Andrews has several. What am I talking about? Courses that are shorter, smaller siblings to their famous older...

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Forres 30/05/2020

22nd North Scotland - Best in Area
I am constantly amazed as I hack my way around Scotland how many of our small towns are in possession of good golf courses. Quite a few of these, incidentally, are nine-h...

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Caldwell 30/05/2020

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Caldwell starts with an undistinguished par 4 (check out the webcam, by the way) but the next stretch offers four excellent holes. At 2, 3 and 4 a burn runs the full leng...

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Whitecraigs 30/05/2020

10th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
My abiding memory of Whitecraigs revolves around marker poles, specifically those at 12 and 17 where you must aim for those from the tee. This is another course that star...

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Renfrew 30/05/2020

9th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
Renfrewshire certainly has "strength in depth" (to use a phrase beloved by football managers) if Renfrew is the 9th best course in the district. I am not normally a fan o...

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Bonnyton 30/05/2020

6th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
Bonnyton is an undulating course which is no surprise given its location high on the Eaglesham Moor. This situation provides many splendid views north across Glasgow to t...

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Torwoodlee 28/05/2020

5th Borders - Best in Area
I have been blessed with fine weather on my visits to Torwoodlee and it is a lovely place to be in the sunshine with a wonderfully bucolic ambience and stunning views of...

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Woll 28/05/2020

8th Borders - Best in Area
Woll is off the beaten track but you can not fail to be impressed by the lovely clubhouse facility. The course basks in rural tranquility with fine views of the surroundi...

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Belleisle 27/05/2020

17th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
Ayrshire arguably boasts the best set of municipal courses in the land and many consider Belleisle the jewel in that crown. It is a serious test of your game with par fiv...

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Troon (Lochgreen) 27/05/2020

18th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
A winter trip down to Troon is a staple of most golfers in the West of Scotland and by far the best test here is Lochgreen, There are some excellent holes here, notably t...

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Largs 27/05/2020

16th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
Granted, very few golfers come to Ayrshire to play parkland golf but were they to do so they would likely find their way just a mile or so from the Firth of Clyde to Lar...

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Crow Wood 26/05/2020

10th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
The clubhouse lies just off the very busy road north out of Glasgow in the town of Muirhead. Within a few minutes of teeing off at Crow Wood, however, you forget the urba...

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