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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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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Longniddry 01/04/2017

11th Lothians - Best in Area 66th 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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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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West Linton 01/09/2015

21st 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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Musselburgh 16/07/2015

14th Lothians - Best in Area 80th 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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Bruntsfield Links 15/01/2012

12th Lothians - Best in Area 77th Scotland Ranking
I play Bruntsfield several times each year thanks to a friend who is a member so I know it pretty well. It is always in good condition and usually pretty quiet. The green...

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Gullane (No.2) 15/01/2012

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
Gullane is a wonderful place and #2 course is sheer golfing heaven. The 4th might just be my favourite hole in the world but there are so many fine holes here. This i...

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Gullane (No.3) 05/01/2012

20th Lothians - Best in Area
I played my first-ever 18 hole round here. Counted every shot. 161 of them. Later, it was the first place I ever broke 100, then 90 and 80. No wonder Gullane 3 is close t...

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Braid Hills 03/01/2012

23rd Lothians - Best in Area
I used to play here as a boy so returning after 40+ years was a fairly nostalgic experience. Of course, way back then, panoramic views held little interest. Now they form...

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Craigielaw 03/01/2012

17th Lothians - Best in Area 85th Scotland Ranking
Playing at Craigielaw with my beloved Gullane courses literally in sight I am constantly reminded that sometimes the grass IS greener on the other side of the (Gullane) h...

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Ratho Park 26/11/2011

25th Lothians - Best in Area
Having been underwhelmed by it some years ago, I revisited Ratho Park recently on a pleasant autumn day. I was slightly more taken by its charms but flat, parkland layout...

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Baberton 21/09/2009

29th Lothians - Best in Area
Baberton is a tree-lined parkland course that makes good use of changes of elevation. On the 1st tee there is a most inviting downhill drive and this theme is repeated at...

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Harburn 08/09/2009

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Harburn offers a reasonable if unmemorable round. There are some pleasant holes and the signature 15th is a truly memorable part 3. My other abiding memory is fear of hi...

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Glen 01/05/2006

15th Lothians - Best in Area 83rd Scotland Ranking
A prime example of a good, honest Scottish golf links, the Glen is not in the same class as its neighbour (the West) but most enjoyable for all that. It has a couple of e...

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Dalmahoy (East) 01/05/2006

19th Lothians - Best in Area
Haven't played here since its recent refurbishment but it certainly needed one. I found it long and dull in the extreme with very few holes of note. Add in the cost and I...

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Luffness New 01/05/2006

8th Lothians - Best in Area 46th Scotland Ranking
Had the lunch as part of a day at Luffness. It was very good! The course was rather less memorable but enjoyable for all that. It's flat, relatively short and quite easy...

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Dunbar 01/05/2006

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
I always really enjoy playing Dunbar. It is yet another classic Scottish links course, not possesssing the grandeur of 'the greats' but testing, fun and a visual treat. T...

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Gullane (No.2) 01/05/2006

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
Gullane = golfing heaven. There is no finer feeling than walking from the 3rd green to the 4th tee drinking in the fabulous views of Edinburgh and Fife. Played here twice...

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Muirfield 04/02/2006

1st Lothians - Best in Area 4th Scotland Ranking 6th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking
Lacking the visual appeal of Turnberry or nearby North Berwick, Muirfield is pure golf - an intellectual, cerebral experience rather than a sensual one. Every shot is a c...

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