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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Ranfurly Castle 20/05/2006

3rd Renfrewshire - Best in Area 92nd Scotland Ranking
Had a lovely 36 holes here last week on a warm, sunny day. Had never played it before but was most impressed by the layout, condition and presentation.After a couple of e...

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Glen 30/04/2006

15th Lothians - Best in Area 83rd Scotland Ranking
A prime example of a good, honest Scottish golf links, the Glen is not in the same class as its neighbour (the West) but most enjoyable for all that. It has a couple of e...

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Dalmahoy (East) 30/04/2006

19th Lothians - Best in Area
Haven't played here since its recent refurbishment but it certainly needed one. I found it long and dull in the extreme with very few holes of note. Add in the cost and I...

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Luffness New 30/04/2006

8th Lothians - Best in Area 46th Scotland Ranking
Had the lunch as part of a day at Luffness. It was very good! The course was rather less memorable but enjoyable for all that. It's flat, relatively short and quite easy...

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Crail (Balcomie) 30/04/2006

13th Fife - Best in Area 67th Scotland Ranking
Can't share other reviewers' enthusiasm, I'm afraid. There are a couple of great holes - Hell Hole is aptly named! How much of the sea dare you try to carry? And the muc...

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Dunbar 30/04/2006

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
I always really enjoy playing Dunbar. It is yet another classic Scottish links course, not possesssing the grandeur of 'the greats' but testing, fun and a visual treat. T...

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Duke's St Andrews 30/04/2006

6th Fife - Best in Area 33rd Scotland Ranking
I've always loved the Dukes and was surprised and dsiappointed to hear it's undergone major surgery recently. It didn't need this as the original Peter Thomson design was...

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Scotscraig 30/04/2006

11th Fife - Best in Area 53rd Scotland Ranking
Scotscraig lacks the visual appeal and challenge of the classic links but it is a decent day's golf for all that. The 1st is extremely difficult and many a ball is lost...

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Gullane (No.2) 30/04/2006

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
Gullane = golfing heaven. There is no finer feeling than walking from the 3rd green to the 4th tee drinking in the fabulous views of Edinburgh and Fife. Played here twice...

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Ladybank 19/02/2006

10th Fife - Best in Area 52nd Scotland Ranking
An fine inland course in the heart of Fife. The terrain is entirely flat but such is the excellent design that your interest is grabbed from the start and never flags. Th...

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Nairn Dunbar 19/02/2006

9th North Scotland - Best in Area 56th Scotland Ranking
I can't share the previous reviewer's enthusiasm. I find Nairn Dunbar rather bland and uninteresting. It's not a bad course by any means, it's just that there are so many...

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Downfield 19/02/2006

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking
Yes, you should play links golf in Scotland but there are a number of fine inland courses too and Downfield is right up there. This is a very fair course that will test a...

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Muirfield 04/02/2006

1st Lothians - Best in Area 4th Scotland Ranking 6th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking
Lacking the visual appeal of Turnberry or nearby North Berwick, Muirfield is pure golf - an intellectual, cerebral experience rather than a sensual one. Every shot is a c...

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Kingsbarns 04/02/2006

2nd Fife - Best in Area 7th Scotland Ranking 14th Britain & Ireland Ranking 43rd World Ranking
Yes, it IS as good as everyone says! If there are better holes on earth than the sensational par 5 12th or the short 15th I've not played them. It really should be added...

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