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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Elgin 20/09/2009

17th North Scotland - Best in Area
Elgin is a top-notch example of parkland golf. As mentioned elsewhere this is a long track but it is extremely fair and in excellent condition. Amongst many fine holes I...

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Kingussie 20/09/2009

23rd North Scotland - Best in Area
I had no great expectations of Kingussie, expecting a typical holiday course like its near neighbours Newtonmore, Carrbridge and Grantown.The reality was a most pleasant...

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Spey Bay 20/09/2009

13th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Recently returned to Spey Bay and my first impression was right - this is a terrific golf course! The bad news is that it is in financial trouble. We spoke with the green...

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Pollok 07/09/2009

4th Glasgow - Best in Area
Scotland has a few courses like this (Killermont and Luffness are others) - gentlemens clubs with a prosperous membership and archaic rules about dress and the place of w...

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Murrayshall (Murrayshall) 07/09/2009

9th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area
Have played Murrayshall a lot and it is definitely one of the best inland courses in Scotland. Yes it's new but the mature trees and excellent greens bely its relative yo...

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Aberdour 07/09/2009

17th Fife - Best in Area
Does any other course start with two par 3's? Aberdour is the paradigm of holiday golf. On a nice day it affords glorious views across to Edinburgh and there are some spo...

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Aboyne 07/09/2009

15th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Aboyne is set in the heart of beautiful Aberdeenshire and offers some lovely views of the nearby mountains. The course is very much 'a game of two halves' - to coin a cli...

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Alloa 07/09/2009

3rd Central Scotland - Best in Area
A glorious 1st hole from an elevated tee - most inviting! Thereafter Schaw Park is a decent test and a good example of moorland golf. Few holes (other than the 1st and up...

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Alyth 07/09/2009

6th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area 98th Scotland Ranking
Alyth is a very pleasant parkland course. Most holes are tree-lined and there is a great premium of accurate driving. The condition has been excellent whenever I have pla...

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Banchory 07/09/2009

17th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Despite being stuck the world's slowest - and rudest - fourball (who resolutely refused to let me and my son play through so we eventually had to skip a couple of holes o...

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Drumoig 07/09/2009

20th Fife - Best in Area
Drumoig is unfairly associated with the failed SGU experiment but this should not detract at all from what is a decent golf course. Starts with an inviting drive from a h...

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Glenbervie 07/09/2009

1st Central Scotland - Best in Area 91st Scotland Ranking
In my opinion Glenbervie is one of the most over-rated courses in Scotland! After the false dawn of a lovely opening drive from an elevated tee the remainder of the cours...

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Harburn 07/09/2009

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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Hirsel 07/09/2009

7th Borders - Best in Area
'The Augusta of the Borders'!!! I don't think so. With this tag in my mind I was really looking forward to playing here. What a letdown! Apart from a couple of holes wher...

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Kilmacolm 07/09/2009

2nd Renfrewshire - Best in Area 81st Scotland Ranking
Like the previous reviewers I am a fan of this lovely moorland course. It features some most imaginative and attractive holes, especially the par 3's. More people should...

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Newtonmore 07/09/2009

28th North Scotland - Best in Area
Snow was covering the Cairngorms and it was 'gey dreich' when I played here. After two poor opening holes (didn't know which way to drive at the 2nd!) things improve at t...

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Crieff (Ferntower) 07/09/2009

10th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area
Crieff obviously engenders strong opinions! Mine is somewhere in the middle. I am old enough to remember the original 18 hole course here. When they decided to create a l...

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Forfar 07/09/2009

7th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 90th Scotland Ranking
Like your other reviewers I can't believe Forfar is not in your top 100. It is in my top 30 Scottish courses! There is not a weak hole on the course and the 15th must be...

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Seacroft 13/02/2009

2nd Lincolnshire - Best in Area 74th England Ranking
Seacroft is a true hidden gem! Playable (and in fine condition - no winter greens or mats) last Sunday when the entire country was under snow - and for £25!! It is a clas...

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