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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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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Colville Park 26/05/2020

9th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
As befits the town of Motherwell there is nothing pretentious about Colville Park, This is honest parkland golf. Starting with a par three the holes make their way up and...

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Drumpellier 26/05/2020

4th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
Drumpellier is a pleasant surprise. Situated at the west side of Coatbridge it provides a good test of golf in a tranquil parkland setting. Strangely, the hardest - and...

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Buckpool 24/05/2020

18th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Buckpool combines good golf with superb views. I particularly like the view of the 12th green with the old town of Buckie beyond. There are some excellent par threes here...

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Inverallochy 24/05/2020

11th North East Scotland - Best in Area
'Blue is the colour' I will always associate with Inverallochy, Nothing to do with John Terry et al but a reference to the endless vistas of that hue that so enhanced my...

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Arbroath 24/05/2020

9th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
Arbroath is probably the least well-known of all the links courses on Scotland's east coast. In truth it is not of the same quality as its neighbours but it is worth a vi...

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Carnoustie (Burnside) 24/05/2020

8th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
As Carnoustie is my favourite golf course, one of the many joys of playing Burnside is that it lies (for the most part) inside that majestic links meaning that at any tim...

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Newbattle 24/05/2020

27th Lothians - Best in Area
Newbattle is one of my more frequent destinations when I head to Scotland's capital. It offers decent golf in a tranquil location in Dalkeith. The opening hole presents a...

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Duddingston 24/05/2020

22nd Lothians - Best in Area
Duddingston is tucked away behind Arthur's Seat and offers a testing round in a delightful location. A set of solid par fours - several featuring water - are backed up by...

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Royal Musselburgh 24/05/2020

18th Lothians - Best in Area
Royal Musselburgh is a bit like a Chinese takeaway - fun at the time but less than substantial. While the overall impression of a round here is favourable, on reflection...

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East Renfrewshire 22/05/2020

1st Renfrewshire - Best in Area 75th Scotland Ranking
Virtually everyone who has reviewed East Ren has used the words 'enjoyable' and 'fun' and I will be no different. James Braid clearly had a ball here using the natural te...

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Mortonhall 22/05/2020

13th Lothians - Best in Area 78th Scotland Ranking
Mortonhall might just be the best of the many course in and around Scotland's capital. It is more distinctive than Musselburgh/Monktonhall where tree-lined fairways aboun...

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Powfoot 22/05/2020

2nd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 73rd Scotland Ranking
The oustanding feature at Powfoot is the gorse and it presents a very pretty picture in early summer. The main challenge here is to keep out of the yellow stuff as many o...

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