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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Musselburgh 15/07/2015

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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Kilmarnock (Barassie) 21/03/2015

11th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 64th Scotland Ranking
Had the privilege of making a return visit to Barassie after an interval of several years. A lovely spring day and a glimpse of the eclipse on the drive down to the coast...

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Irvine 21/03/2015

8th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 55th Scotland Ranking
Returning to Bogside after some years I was hoping to be persuaded that my previous lack of enthusiasm was misplaced. Alas, not. The weather was perfect : blue skies, no...

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West Kilbride 07/03/2015

10th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 61st Scotland Ranking
The incentive of a day at the seaside meant a trip to the garden shed to fetch the clubs for the first time in several months. They seemed a bit surprised as it was on th...

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Stirling 28/12/2013

2nd Central Scotland - Best in Area
As golfers look up at the mighty Stirling Castle from the M9 and wallow in patriotic nostalgia at the sight of the Wallace Monument do they know that high above them lies...

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Hamilton 14/12/2013

2nd Lanarkshire - Best in Area
Nestled in a quiet corner of Lanarkshire adjacent to Chatelherault Country Park is the attractive parkland course that is the home of Hamilton Golf Club. James Braid laid...

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Bull Bay 09/07/2012

6th North Wales - Best in Area 15th Wales Ranking
Bull Bay beat me! I have always struggled to find the right approach shots to elevated greens and that is one thing Bull Bay has in abundance - 13 of the 18 greens are ra...

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Porthmadog 09/07/2012

7th North Wales - Best in Area 20th Wales Ranking
It is hard to add anything significant to previous reviews : this is very much a game of two halves. Very little about the front nine sticks in the memory but the coastal...

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Pwllheli 09/07/2012

9th North Wales - Best in Area 22nd Wales Ranking
The greenkeeper wearily squeegeeing(?) the 10th green for the umpteenth time this 'summer' was clearly not a happy man. And it is only fair to say we did not see Pwllheli...

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Nefyn & District (Old) 09/07/2012

4th North Wales - Best in Area 12th Wales Ranking
Nefyn is a very hard course to rate! The opening stretch of holes is much better than I had expected - the 2nd a particularly fine hole along the clifftop. The par 3s ear...

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North Wales 09/07/2012

5th North Wales - Best in Area 13th Wales Ranking
The weather gods relented and we played here on an absolutely beautiful summer evening with stunning views across the bay. I was slightly disappointed with the course giv...

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Royal St David's 09/07/2012

2nd North Wales - Best in Area 4th Wales Ranking 86th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Having been washed out at Aberdovey in the morning it was exhilarating to arrive at the beautiful town of Harlech as blue sky appeared. We were then able to enjoy this ma...

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Conwy 09/07/2012

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking
This is an easy review and rating : Conwy is a perfect example of a five-ball course. We played here on a dry summer evening and were absorbed by its challenge. Conwy rem...

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Paisley 21/05/2012

5th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
I can only endorse wholeheartedly the view of my friend Jim McCann. Paisley is indeed one of Scotland's 'hidden gems'. Even the journey to reach it has a charm all of its...

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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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Letham Grange (Old) 15/01/2012

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
I can't do anything but agree with the other reviewers. Letham Grange is a definite 5- ball course. One of my real favourites. There are so many highlights. I really like...

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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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Pitlochry 07/01/2012

8th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area
With respect to other reviewers Pitlochry is NOT a six-ball course. Turnberry, Carnoustie, Muirfield and a few others MIGHT be (and not all reviewers agree about that). P...

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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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Stranraer 05/01/2012

3rd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 94th Scotland Ranking
Unanimity among reviewers is relatively rare but not this time. Stranraer is a fine golf course that undoubtedly belongs in Scotland's Top 100. After a gentle opener the...

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