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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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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Golf Nazionale 20/08/2019

3rd Central Italy - Best in Area 9th Italy Ranking
On arrival, both the clubhouse and the adjoining accommodation wing appear a little dated (the place is less than thirty years old) but I was later told both are due to b...

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Terre dei Consoli 20/08/2019

14th Central Italy - Best in Area 42nd Italy Ranking
When I got home, I looked at google maps to see exactly how close the course at Terre dei Consoli is to the layout at Golf Nazionale and found out the most northerly poin...

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Terme di Saturnia 20/08/2019

6th Central Italy - Best in Area 22nd Italy Ranking
I really like Ron Fream courses, having played most of his Tunisian designs, as well as Arcangues in southwest France, and this wee Tuscan beauty didn’t disappoint either...

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Argentario 20/08/2019

8th Central Italy - Best in Area 25th Italy Ranking
I can’t vouch for the resort as I didn’t stay here but the new clubhouse, driving range and surroundings are very smart. The course was busy on arrival so Giulia in the g...

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La Bagnaia 20/08/2019

12th Central Italy - Best in Area 35th Italy Ranking
The 18-hole layout at La Bagnaia is laid out in a large estate, with a couple of old converted villages, Borgo Bagnaia and Borgo Filetta, offering boutique hotel accommod...

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Antognolla 20/08/2019

Gem Italy - Best in Area
The first thing that strikes you about playing at Antognolla is the bunkering, which is truly magnificent. Jagged edged and beautifully proportioned, the sand traps are w...

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Prince’s (Himalayas) 15/08/2019

Gem England - Best in Area
Martin Ebert has recently been called in by the owner to beef up the challenge on this nine and he’s done so in a number of ways, especially with the introduction of a sw...

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Rye (Old) 15/08/2019

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 53rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I’ve had Rye on my hit list for some time now and got the opportunity to play the course the other day. The opening three holes are rather pedestrian, with out of bounds...

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Kings 14/08/2019

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
The new course at Kings Golf Club in Inverness was a big surprise. To be honest, I had pretty low expectations before playing here – after all, wasn’t this merely the reb...

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Chiberta 10/07/2019

3rd South West France - Best in Area 14th France Ranking 62nd Continental Europe Ranking
My Top 100 colleague Nicolas had set the scene for playing at Chiberta, calling it “the jewel of golf in the Basque country” in his 2016 review, so I came here with high...

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Chantaco 10/07/2019

13th South West France - Best in Area 86th France Ranking
I was lucky to get a game here back in April as the course was closed for a big refurbishment and not due to officially re-open until the following day, when local golfin...

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Biarritz Le Phare 10/07/2019

8th South West France - Best in Area 47th France Ranking
Le Phare is a coastal course but there’s nothing links-like about the conditions – it’s parkland golf all the way on a tight track that extends to less than 5,400 metres...

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Hossegor 10/07/2019

6th South West France - Best in Area 26th France Ranking
They close the club at Hossegor every Wednesday, allowing only juniors to play, so I was very fortunate to be allowed on after fronting up here in the middle of the worki...

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Seignosse 10/07/2019

2nd South West France - Best in Area 11th France Ranking 47th Continental Europe Ranking
No disrespect to the previous reviewer, don’t expect to come here and play holiday golf – but you probably already knew such a description couldn’t possibly apply to a co...

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