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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Leven Links 24/09/2017

7th Fife - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
Returning to Leven Links after a gap of several years I found it even better than I remembered. Along with Brora this may just be the perfect example of a classic links g...

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Erskine 24/08/2017

8th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
It was all going so well...a lovely late summer day, beautiful views along and across the River Clyde and fifteen pleasant holes. I was inclining towards an award of four...

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Bothwell Castle 27/07/2017

4th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
I have played at Bothwell Castle many times over the years and was lucky enough to be here on a gorgeous summer day earlier this week. If the phrase 'mutton dressed as la...

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Broomieknowe 27/07/2017

28th Lothians - Best in Area
Despite being brought up in Edinburgh I had never ventured to Bonnyrigg to play here but last week I did and it was a very enjoyable experience. Very much a case of 'six...

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Lanark 28/06/2017

1st Lanarkshire - Best in Area 71st Scotland Ranking
Just back from a visit to one of my favourite golfing venues in Central Scotland - Lanark. With one glaring exception nothing has changed and I still love the place. The...

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Longniddry 01/04/2017

11th Lothians - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking
I returned to Longniddry after too long an absence on a lovely spring morning with a significant west wind. This played a big part in the round with almost every hole eit...

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St Andrews (Jubilee) 21/02/2017

9th Fife - Best in Area 50th Scotland Ranking
There may be fifty shades of grey but on Valentine's Day in St Andrews there was only one - the East Coast of Scotland variety. Still, I thought maybe the stiff wind woul...

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Carnwath 01/09/2015

9th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
Good to see my friend Jim McCann discovering some of the roads less travelled to the lesser-known courses of his native land. I am afraid I can not share his enthusiasm f...

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Prestonfield 01/09/2015

26th Lothians - Best in Area
Prestonfield gets off to a good start with a decent 1st hole followed by a lovely par 3 and an excellent par 5. Thereafter it all becomes rather humdrum with a series of...

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Kings Acre 01/09/2015

30th Lothians - Best in Area
One thing about Kings Acre : it is never dull! I agree with much of what Jim McCann says. There are some really fine holes here but a few horrors! I have a real issue wit...

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Easter Moffat 01/09/2015

7th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
I must declare an interest : I was a member here for 10 years and only left for non-golfing reasons. If ever there is a hidden gem it lies here above the village of Plain...

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East Kilbride 01/09/2015

6th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
Having several friends who are members here I have played East Kilbride on many occasions. Unlike most courses which grow on one after a few rounds EK has had the opposit...

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West Linton 01/09/2015

22nd Lothians - Best in Area
A par 3 finishing hole? Not that unusual but a par 3 17th as well!! So West Linton's finish is memorable - how about the rest? Unfortunately, not so much to enthuse over....

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Carluke 01/09/2015

10th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
Carluke has a lot in common with other courses set in the moorlands of South Lanarkshire, notably Carnwath. There is quite a variety of holes with interesting changes in...

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Balbirnie Park 01/09/2015

19th Fife - Best in Area
After my previous review (less than complimentary) I felt I owed Balbirnie Park a return visit. While I will never be a fan of tree-lined parkland layouts, I was too seve...

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Musselburgh 16/07/2015

16th Lothians - Best in Area 100th Scotland Ranking
Musselburgh/Monktonhall looked a picture on a beautiful summer's evening and the course was in fine condition. After a promising start with two good par 4s and a fun shor...

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Falkirk 16/07/2015

5th Central Scotland - Best in Area
Having discovered this hidden gem several years ago I try to make a point of returning every year to enjoy its varied and challenging layout. There are some weak holes,...

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