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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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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Newmachar (Hawkshill) 05/01/2012

7th North East Scotland - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
Glad to see the Newmachar bandwagon rolling. I can only reinforce the case for a much higher placing in the next Top 100. Hawkshill is in my top 25 Scottish courses (out...

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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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Auchterarder 03/01/2012

7th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area 99th Scotland Ranking
There is absolutely nothing pretentious about Auchterarder. It is quintessentially Scottish : straightforward, honest and down-to-earth. The fun begins with a unique firs...

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Newburgh-on-Ythan 03/01/2012

10th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I have played Newburgh twice and consider it a decent test with some significant changes of elevation. These offer some fun downhill driving holes! Oh, and some straight...

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Dunfermline 03/01/2012

18th Fife - Best in Area
Both Dunfermline courses start with 'Pit...' and both are a bit disappointing, given their location in the KIngdom of Fife. When reflecting on a course I sometimes rely o...

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Glencruitten 03/01/2012

6th Argyll & Bute - Best in Area
While Bryan Adams had his 'Summer of 69' we in Scotland last had a Summer in 2006. You know, blue skies, sunshine, warmth, that kind of thing. Well one such day found me...

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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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Peebles 18/12/2011

4th Borders - Best in Area
The Borders is not well-endowed with quality courses. The fact that the vastly over-rated Roxburghe is ranked #1 in the area speaks volumes. I would personally rather pla...

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Roxburghe 18/12/2011

1st Borders - Best in Area 62nd Scotland Ranking
It's been a few years since I played the Roxburghe and it would not bother me were I never to return. Long, uninteresting holes separated by long, uninteresting walks. Oh...

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Strathaven 26/11/2011

3rd Lanarkshire - Best in Area
Played at Strathaven on a beautiful late autumn day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After a humdrum opening that includes, unusually, two par threes in the first f...

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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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Spey Valley 12/09/2011

8th North Scotland - Best in Area 44th Scotland Ranking
There truly can be no lovelier time and place to be a golfer than a golden summer evening at Spey Valley. I have played here twice now and it is actually quite hard to gi...

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Carrick 18/08/2011

2nd Dunbartonshire - Best in Area 96th Scotland Ranking
First person I saw on pulling into the car park was a former captain of Scotland (from the days when Scotland had a football team that actually qualified for World Cups)....

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Kingussie 25/07/2011

23rd North Scotland - Best in Area
Made a return visit to Kingussie as the last course on a week-long swing through the Highlands. On a fine, still summer evening this was the perfect end to a trip which h...

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Golspie 25/07/2011

10th North Scotland - Best in Area 63rd Scotland Ranking
Unlike other reviewers I rate Golspie highly - most definitely a 5-ball course. The par 5 opener is somewhat bland (but very tough into a strong wind) but the par 3 2nd i...

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Fortrose & Rosemarkie 25/07/2011

11th North Scotland - Best in Area 69th Scotland Ranking
Fortrose is unique in many ways. On both my visits I have marvelled at the extraordinary design. (Best seen in an aerial view) The standout holes are the remarkably hard...

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