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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Peel 06/10/2019

2nd Isle of Man Ranking
There was an awful lot of golf related activity on the Isle of Man in the 1890s. Old Tom Morris was involved at Castletown, Ramsey and King Edward Bay, George Lowe was la...

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Castletown 06/10/2019

1st Isle of Man Ranking 98th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I must admit I never thought I’d ever get to the Isle of Man to play Castletown but I’m so glad now that I did. Old Tom Morris was certainly a busy man on the island back...

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Étretat 25/09/2019

8th North West France - Best in Area 53rd France Ranking
I’d been told in advance that Étretat was “all about the views” and that’s true to a large extent, but there’s also a really decent layout stretched out here along the ch...

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Granville (Links) 25/09/2019

3rd North West France - Best in Area 18th France Ranking 99th Continental Europe Ranking
I suppose the kindest way to describe Granville when I played it last week was “a little rough around the edges” but I write that in the most sympathetic way possible – t...

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Dinard 25/09/2019

4th North West France - Best in Area 27th France Ranking
Dinard was my favourite place to play on a recent 8-course visit to the northwest of France. The Dinard playing experience is not just about the course, which stretches t...

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Le Vaudreuil 25/09/2019

Gem France - Best in Area
The course at Le Vaudreuil lies between the small towns of Val-de-Reuil and Saint-Etienne-du-Vauvray, within a large loop of the Seine as the river slowly meanders across...

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Omaha Beach (La Mer) 25/09/2019

Gem France - Best in Area
The 36-hole golf complex at Golf Omaha Beach is located on the cliffs above the little coastal town of Port-en-Bessin, which was liberated by 47 Royal Marine Commando on...

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Saint-Malo (Surcouf) 25/09/2019

Gem France - Best in Area
Don’t expect to play golf by the sea at the Saint-Malo Golf Resort because the course is located around 25 kilometres inland from the historic French port. Developed in t...

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Panorama (Meadows & Forest) 06/09/2019

Gem Czech Republic - Best in Area
The Meadow and Forest ensemble is certainly the most challenging 18-hole course at Panorama, though only the opening and closing holes on each nine are set close to the c...

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Konopiste (Radecky) 06/09/2019

16th Czech Republic Ranking
You’ll reach Konopiste in less than an hour by car from Prague city centre and it’s a journey well worth making to sample the golf on offer in very pleasant parkland surr...

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Karlstejn (Red) 06/09/2019

7th Czech Republic Ranking
It’s a sensational setting for a game of golf, with views across the Berounka River to Karlstejn Castle, nestled in the densely forested hills a couple of kilometres to t...

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Beroun 06/09/2019

18th Czech Republic Ranking
In the early 1990s, some may have been surprised that Canadian architect Les Furber got the design gig at nearby Karlstejn but he obviously did a good enough job on that...

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Royal Marianske Lazne 06/09/2019

4th Czech Republic Ranking
Originally founded as Marienbad Golf Club in 1905, Marianske Lazne received its royal prefix in 2003, becoming only the second club in Europe (after Royal Malta) to have...

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Cihelny 06/09/2019

9th Czech Republic Ranking
First of all, if you paid no attention to what’s written on either the scorecard or course signage then you’d be hard pressed to know that this was a Gary Player layout....

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Albatross 06/09/2019

1st Czech Republic Ranking
I played the Albatross course six days after Thomas Pieters won the latest edition of the Czech Masters on this layout. The club is a member of the European Tour Properti...

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Casa Serena 06/09/2019

2nd Czech Republic Ranking
Casa Serena was one of the first of a dozen courses that I visited on a trip to the Czech Republic last month and it set the bar of expectation at a very high mark for al...

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Roma Acquasanta 20/08/2019

1st Central Italy - Best in Area 5th Italy Ranking 90th Continental Europe Ranking
The classic old parkland track at Roma Acquasanta proved to be a fitting end to my recent trip to Italy. Founded by the British at the start of the last century, it’s sai...

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Olgiata (West) 20/08/2019

2nd Central Italy - Best in Area 6th Italy Ranking
There’s been a few big tournaments played at Olgiata, mainly in the 1960s to 1980s, though it was put forward as the Olympic golf course in Rome’s failed bid to host the...

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