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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Rosapenna (St Patrick's) 08/10/2021

Gem Ireland - Best in Area
Welcome to Donegal golf’s new star attraction, the St. Patrick’s Links at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, a course that has been quite a long time in the making. Originall...

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Narin & Portnoo 08/10/2021

6th Donegal - Best in Area 28th Ireland Ranking
An awful lot has happened at Narin & Portnoo in the 14 years since I was last here. The newly built clubhouse back in 2007 has been extended and upgraded into a very chic...

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Bundoran 08/10/2021

Gem Ireland - Best in Area
It’s easy to drive past Bundoran heading to bigger names in County Donegal or south into Sligo – I’ve done that several times myself in the past – but this time I decided...

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Cruit Island 08/10/2021

8th Donegal - Best in Area 65th Ireland Ranking
It’s more than ten years since I last set foot on Cruit Island and I was glad to do so again last month after visiting the new St. Patrick’s Links earlier in the day – no...

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Dunfanaghy 08/10/2021

10th Donegal - Best in Area 100th Ireland Ranking
I didn’t expect Dunfanaghy to be nearly as well appointed as it is – and there’s absolutely no slight intended with that remark, I might add. I just thought beforehand th...

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North West 08/10/2021

9th Donegal - Best in Area 80th Ireland Ranking
I returned to the North West course 14 years after my last visit a couple of weeks ago and it somehow felt as if I’d never been away. The course is one of the most unpret...

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Belas 03/10/2021

10th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 36th Portugal Ranking
I had a quick look round this course in a buggy when I was last in Cascais three years ago but I was determined to play it when I returned to the region this time. I espe...

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Quinta da Marinha 03/10/2021

12th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 38th Portugal Ranking
I played at Quinta da Marinha a few weeks ago with Manuel Hector, the Director of Golf, who operates the club with a small staff from one of those temporary-looking (but...

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Vilamoura (Victoria) 03/10/2021

9th Algarve - Best in Area 18th Portugal Ranking
After playing the Pinhal and the Old course on consecutive days, I turned up at the Victoria, which will host the Portuguese Masters next month. I can understand why Dom...

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Vilamoura (Old) 03/10/2021

4th Algarve - Best in Area 7th Portugal Ranking 45th Continental Europe Ranking
The Old course was the second of three Dom Pedro tracks I played at Vilamoura recently. Like the Pinhal that I visited the day before, the Old course is a Frank Pennink d...

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Vilamoura (Pinhal) 03/10/2021

21st Algarve - Best in Area 45th Portugal Ranking
The Pinhal course was the first of three Dom Pedro tracks I played at Vilamoura last month. On arrival, you can’t help but be impressed by the huge practice area, studio...

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Estoril 18/09/2021

17th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 46th Portugal Ranking
The course lies a couple of kilometres inland from the still rather grand Palacio Estoril Golf & Spa Hotel, where the fairways occupy a hilly site which is divided by six...

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Les Bordes (New) 13/09/2021

Gem France - Best in Area
I first visited Les Bordes 14 years ago (flying over in the morning from Prestwick to Beauvais then back the same evening thanks to good old Ryanair) but this time I got...

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Limère 13/09/2021

5th North West France - Best in Area 38th France Ranking
Last time I was at Les Bordes I got the chance to visit Les Aisses so this time I opted to check out Cabell Robinson’s 30-year-old design at Golf d'Orléans – Limère. It w...

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Joyenval (Retz) 13/09/2021

26th North East France - Best in Area 57th France Ranking
After a morning round on the Marly then lunch in the clubhouse, it was time to take on the Retz – which one long-standing club official told me was their 18-hole course o...

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Joyenval (Marly) 13/09/2021

15th North East France - Best in Area 30th France Ranking
You can gauge how exclusive Golf de Joyenval is by the number of reviews posted so far for its two courses – none! It was a big thrill therefor to tee it up here last we...

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Paris International 13/09/2021

13th North East France - Best in Area 28th France Ranking
The 2-day Parisian phase of my recent trip to France got under way at Paris International. You know you’ve arrived somewhere out of the ordinary when you arrive at the fr...

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Belle Dune 13/09/2021

9th North East France - Best in Area 17th France Ranking 90th Continental Europe Ranking
For two thirds of my round I thought the €65.00 green fee I’d paid was the best money I’d parted with at a golf club in a long while… then it all started to go pear-shape...

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Wimereux 13/09/2021

25th North East France - Best in Area 56th France Ranking
The narrative for this course at the top of the page states “the layout has been changed many times” since the Great War, when Guy Campbell and C.K. Hutchison redesigned...

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