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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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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Cullen Links 09/03/2020

25th North East Scotland - Best in Area
The club celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, which is a great achievement for such a relatively obscure golfing outpost up at the top end of the country. If you l...

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Portmahomack - Tarbat 09/03/2020

30th North Scotland - Best in Area
The wee 9-holer at Tarbat was a 90-minute “filler” on my way home from Reay last October and I’m really glad I ventured off the main drag at Tain to play here near the ti...

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Dumbarnie Links 08/03/2020

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
It’s always a thrill to front up at a new place where the course is still growing in, with temporary buildings everywhere, basic hard core access roads and only foundatio...

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Knole Park 01/03/2020

5th Kent - Best in Area 89th England Ranking
I’ll be honest, Knole Park wasn’t a course that was high on my “must play” list. Truth be told, it wasn’t on the list at all! As a Scotsman who occasionally slips across...

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Royal Liverpool 01/03/2020

1st Cheshire - Best in Area 16th England Ranking 42nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I played here a few years ago during the winter, when the course was still in remarkable condition despite the time of year. Like others who have described their experien...

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Moortown 01/03/2020

3rd Yorkshire - Best in Area 53rd England Ranking
The club is rightly proud of its association with the Ryder Cup, dating back almost a hundred years, but it’s also moved with the times in recent years, improving the pla...

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Alwoodley 01/03/2020

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 15th England Ranking 41st Britain & Ireland Ranking
The course at Alwoodley is really where it all started for Alister MacKenzie so it’s something of a pilgrimage for admirers of the Good Doctor to make their way to Wigton...

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JCB 01/03/2020

1st Staffordshire - Best in Area 42nd England Ranking 95th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I’ve seen a few photos of what this place looked like during construction so I know an awful lot had to be done to get it into the shape it’s now in. I can’t pay a higher...

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La Reserva 24/02/2020

6th Southern Spain - Best in Area 13th Spain Ranking 73rd Continental Europe Ranking
The course at La Reserva took a bit of a tumble in the recent rankings reshuffle, falling out of the Spanish Top 10 and dropping ten places down the European listings so...

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