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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Cruden Bay (St Olaf) 11/02/2021

19th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Given that Cruden Bay is my second favourite course in Scotland (just behind Carnoustie in my book) I am delighted to say that St Olaf's is a superb nine-holer entirely c...

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Glasgow (Killermont) 11/02/2021

3rd Glasgow - Best in Area
It is a source of mystery why Scotland's largest city has such a paucity of good courses. I suppose it is to do with the proximity of Ayrshire and its abundance of great...

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Hilton Park (Hilton) 11/02/2021

3rd Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
You seem to spend an awful lot of time at Hilton Park hitting (and walking) uphill. Whereas at most courses the uphill holes are counterbalanced by a similar number downh...

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Dumfries & County 11/02/2021

7th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
I have played here several times and endorse previous reviewers' opinions of D & C. Other than the irritation of the first tee the rest of the course does not stay long i...

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Wigtownshire County 11/02/2021

6th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
My abiding memory of playing at Glenluce is the thunderstorm that brought our round to an end on the 17th, To be honest there was little of note to make me want to hurry...

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Thornhill Golf Club 11/02/2021

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
It's a long and winding road to reach Thornhill and I feel the remoteness of its location contributes to it being relatively unknown. I consider it a better course than...

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Carnoustie (Buddon) 11/02/2021

10th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
The Buddon is a fine complement to its two sister courses offering a variety of challenges. There are holes here that are classic links but others that are tree-lined and...

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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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