Jim McCann

I’ve reviewed courses for Top 100 Golf Courses since December 2004, an association that developed over time into me first becoming Scottish correspondent then Editor for the website. I’ve made it my business to play each and every layout in the Scottish Top 100 (as well as visiting dozens of potential chart contenders across the country) – after all, how can you possibly compare the best courses nationally if you haven’t played all of them? I make the occasional golf trip to other parts of the UK and Ireland and have been fortunate enough in the last few years to tee it up in a number of other European and African countries, courtesy of my membership of the European Golf and Travel Media Association.

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Dumfries & Galloway 31/12/2020

9th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
I don’t know why I didn’t post for Dumfries & Galloway when I played here in 2014 as I wrote a review for nearby Dumfries & County, which I played the same day. When I fo...

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Cally Palace 31/12/2020

5th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
I played Cally Palace almost ten years ago, before it was featured on this website, and I’ve only recently noticed it was on my “reviews-to-do” list. While I was in the a...

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Thornhill Golf Club 31/12/2020

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
I played at Thornhill back in July 2011, before it made an appearance on this website. It had escaped my attention that I’d never posted a review for it since then so, on...

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Newmachar (Swailend) 31/12/2020

23rd North East Scotland - Best in Area
The Swailend course was one of five new entries in the newly extended North East of Scotland listings when they were announced at the end of last year. As I hadn’t seen t...

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Inverallochy 31/12/2020

11th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I’d only been in this corner of the North East of Scotland once before, back in August 2008 when I played the Corbie Hill course at Fraserburgh, so when I saw that Invera...

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Cruden Bay (St Olaf) 31/12/2020

19th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I played here after competing in the Gents Senior Open in May 2017 but I didn’t take any notes or photographs as the course wasn’t at that time ranked in the North East d...

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Forfar 31/12/2020

7th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 90th Scotland Ranking
Almost ten years since I was last here, I pitched up at Forfar a couple of months ago on my way further north to play in Aberdeenshire. When comparing my personal Scottis...

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Carnoustie (Buddon) 31/12/2020

10th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
I visited the Buddon back in August, on my way home to Glasgow, having played earlier in the day with a friend from the Czech Republic on the bizarrely renamed 1562 (form...

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Greensgate 27/08/2020

6th Czech Republic Ranking
It’s clearly obvious the owners of the Greensgate resort have invested heavily in this leisure facility, both on and off the course, since they took over a few years ago....

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Ypsilon 27/08/2020

7th Czech Republic Ranking
I was in the Czech Republic last week for the opening of the new PGA National course outside Prague but I stayed on for a few days to check out a few other courses to the...

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PGA National Czech Republic 27/08/2020

Gem Czech Republic - Best in Area
I was invited to the official opening of the new PGA National Czech Republic course last week, having visited a year ago when there were only nine holes in play. Remarkab...

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Santapazienza 18/05/2020

1st Brazil Ranking 98th World Ranking
It’s so hard to separate the fantastic overall playing experience from the course itself but the best way I can try to do that is ask myself the question I posed when I f...

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São Paulo 18/05/2020

4th Brazil Ranking
The course occupies a site that’s only around 135 acres in area – they somehow also fit a driving range and pitch and putt course into it – and it’s completely surrounded...

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Fazenda Boa Vista (Palmer) 18/05/2020

7th Brazil Ranking
The 18-hole Palmer layout at Fazenda Boa Vista was the last of four courses I played when I was in São Paulo last year and it was an ideal way to round off my visit befor...

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Fazenda da Grama 18/05/2020

6th Brazil Ranking
Fazenda de Grama was the first of four courses I played when I was in São Paulo last year and it set the bar of golfing excellence at a very reasonable height for my golf...

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Gávea 18/05/2020

5th Brazil Ranking
I’d played the Rio Olympic course early in the morning then looked in at Itanghangá to have a look at the renovation work being done there on the way to Gávea so my round...

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Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course 18/05/2020

2nd Brazil Ranking
It was a big thrill to tee it up here last year during a whistle-stop 24-hour stay in Rio de Janeiro, on my way to São Paulo. Paulo. My colleague Brian and I were delight...

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Links Valley 27/03/2020

26th Netherlands Ranking
I played here at the end of a short 3-day trip to The Netherlands in October 2018, a few days after the chic new clubhouse had opened. At that time, the course didn’t hav...

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Reay 09/03/2020

14th North Scotland - Best in Area 86th Scotland Ranking
I passed by Reay in August 2018, on my way from Durness to Wick, but only gave it a cursory glance from the road as I was on a tight schedule (as is ever the case) to com...

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