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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Boat of Garten 25/07/2011

7th North Scotland - Best in Area 38th Scotland Ranking
I love this place! Have played here quite a lot over the years and a couple of weeks ago on a gorgeous summer day (yes, there was one) I was entranced all over again. A p...

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Brora 25/07/2011

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 29th Scotland Ranking 89th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Brora is the real links deal. No trees, no tricks, no cavernous, unimaginative bunkers (are you listening Dave Thomas?). Play Brora in midsummer in a 'challenging' breeze...

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Strathpeffer Spa 24/07/2011

29th North Scotland - Best in Area
On arriving at Strathpeffer my playing companions informed me that they had taken one look at the terrain and decided to hire a buggy. This surprised me as both are confi...

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Cardrona 28/06/2011

2nd Borders - Best in Area
Paid a return visit after 7 years. The weather was beautiful and the views delightful. Unfortunately, the course (again) failed to impress. There are some excellent holes...

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Lanark 28/06/2011

1st Lanarkshire - Best in Area 68th Scotland Ranking
The golfing gods showed me a little glimpse of heaven on a beautiful summer evening at Lanark. Paid £20 (using Open Fairways) to walk these ancient, hallowed fairways whi...

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Downfield 15/10/2010

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking
Had not played Downfield for a few years so yesterday on a lovely autumn day presented the perfect opportunity. I think I had forgotten just how good a course it is. Like...

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Rowallan Castle 17/09/2010

14th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
Great to see a new course causing such split opinions! Time I threw my hat into the Rowallan Castle ring. I played here on a beautiful autumn evening (presumably thanks t...

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Panmure 12/07/2010

2nd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 37th Scotland Ranking
Have just returned to Panmure after a gap of many years and was delighted to find it even better than I remembered. Other reviewers refer to the first three holes as blan...

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Goswick 14/03/2010

1st Northumberland - Best in Area 87th England Ranking
Made a cross-border raid last week tempted by the excellent winter offer and the good reports I had read about Goswick. I was not disappointed! I found this an intriguing...

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Troon (Darley) 13/03/2010

15th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
Made the obligatory winter visit to Darley and was again struck by how underwhelming this course is. It contains very few striking holes - the 5th and par 3 16th are the...

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Buchanan Castle 21/09/2009

5th Central Scotland - Best in Area
Worthy but dull is Buchanan Castle. It looks lovely and is very well-maintained but from a golfers' perspective it lacks stimulus. The central problem is the level terrai...

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Callander 21/09/2009

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Callander typifies Scottish holiday golf - lovely scenery and fun holes with loads of par 3s. Taken for what it is Callander is quite acceptable but it does not rank high...

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Cardross 21/09/2009

5th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
Cardross does little for me. There are some fine views, true, but too many mundane holes. The first sets the tone : 400 yards uphill. And overall there are too many strai...

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Cawder (Championship) 21/09/2009

1st Glasgow - Best in Area
Cawder is a strange course : it contains some excellent, memorable holes with some that are distinctly weak. At the 1st you drive over an incline then have to play your s...

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Grantown-on-Spey 20/09/2009

19th North Scotland - Best in Area
Grantown is the paradigm of holiday golf. It is pleasant, easy walking and has a nice atmosphere. Unfortunately, the course suffers from having too many poor holes. The o...

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Baberton 20/09/2009

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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Old Course Ranfurly 20/09/2009

8th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
Old Ranfurly is NOT one of Scotland's gems. It has many, many shortcomings. There are some holes near the end that almost qualify as crazy golf. (An uphill, blind par 3 a...

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Balbirnie Park 20/09/2009

19th Fife - Best in Area
The epitome of dull parkland golf. Balbirnie Park may be well-presented but there is a distinct lack of imagination and challenge in the layout. Far too many tee shots ar...

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