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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Anfi Tauro 12/06/2019

1st Canary Islands - Best in Area 17th Spain Ranking 88th Continental Europe Ranking
Anfi Tauro is the furthest golf course from the airport on Gran Canaria but it’s easily accessed via the autopista GC-1 highway, allowing you to go the extra mile to play...

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Salobre (New) 12/06/2019

8th Canary Islands - Best in Area 67th Spain Ranking
I’ve seen the Salobre Sur (now the Old) course previously marketed as “The Beauty Course,” with the Salobre Norte (now the New) course termed “The Beast course,” and havi...

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Salobre (Old) 12/06/2019

14th Canary Islands - Best in Area
Currently listed 14 out of 14 in the Canary Islands regional chart on this site, the Old course at Salobre – formerly known as the South course – deserves a far better ra...

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Real Las Palmas 12/06/2019

6th Canary Islands - Best in Area 59th Spain Ranking
It takes a wee bit of effort to get to Real Las Palmas – or Bandama as it’s known locally – and, to prove the point, a local taxi driver taking one of the guys I was play...

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El Cortijo 12/06/2019

12th Canary Islands - Best in Area
El Cortijo was the first course I played last week during a visit to all the golf facilities on Gran Canaria. First impressions count for a lot when arriving at a club an...

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Maspalomas 12/06/2019

5th Canary Islands - Best in Area 58th Spain Ranking
Maspalomas celebrated its 50th anniversary last year so, along with the course at Real Las Palmas, it’s one of the more established golfing layouts on Gran Canaria. It wa...

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Lopesan Meloneras 12/06/2019

Gem Spain - Best in Area
I played Meloneras last week during a visit to all the golf facilities on Gran Canaria. For some strange reason, this course isn’t currently listed in the Top 100 Canary...

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Thracian Cliffs 08/05/2019

1st Bulgaria Ranking 36th Continental Europe Ranking
Reviewers below use words like crazy, spectacular, breathtaking and quirky to describe the experience of playing at Thracian Cliffs and I’m not going to disagree with any...

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BlackSeaRama 08/05/2019

2nd Bulgaria Ranking
Unlike the previous reviewer who found BlackSeaRama to be “very similar the whole way round” I felt the two nines here were really quite different to one another! I playe...

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Lighthouse 08/05/2019

3rd Bulgaria Ranking
Lighthouse’s golfing credentials are plain for all to see. It’s one of two dozen golf facilities operating under the European Tour Properties banner and it hosted a prest...

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Pirin 08/05/2019

5th Bulgaria Ranking
The Pirin Golf & Country Club project was realised by Balkanstroy, one of Bulgaria’s largest construction companies, which also invested heavily in the Lighthouse resort...

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Pravets 08/05/2019

4th Bulgaria Ranking
I played with Alan Rogut, Director of Golf at Pravets, during the PGAs of Europe annual congress in Belek, Turkey a couple of years ago. During our round at the Gloria re...

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Morfontaine (Vallière) 19/12/2018

Gem France - Best in Area
A 27-hole day at Morfontaine with lunch in between 18-hole and 9-hole rounds has to be one of the finest golf experiences you will ever savour on the continent of Europe...

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Delamere Forest 31/10/2018

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 46th England Ranking
The title Delamere Forest is something of an arboreal misnomer because you can’t classify it as a woodland course. Instead, it’s a wonderful old heathland design that’s l...

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Seascale 31/10/2018

3rd Cumbria - Best in Area
I’ve been meaning to swing by Seascale for some time now. When you’re on the M74/M6 between Scotland and England, it’s all too easy to remain on the motorway and avoid ma...

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Heelsum (Airborne & Sandr) 12/10/2018

17th Netherlands Ranking
To be honest, I was a wee bit taken aback when I saw this new entry appear in The Netherlands Top 25 chart back in January of this year. I like to keep an eye out for gol...

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Hoge Kleij 12/10/2018

11th Netherlands Ranking
Golfclub De Hoge Kleij is located just outside Amersfoort, within the Utrecht Hill Ridge region, less than a 15-minute drive from the Utrechtse Golf Club de Pan. When you...

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The Dutch 12/10/2018

9th Netherlands Ranking
I visited The Dutch only three weeks after the KLM Open had been held on the course so I knew I was playing a new track with an impressive championship pedigree which had...

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Rosendaelsche 12/10/2018

7th Netherlands Ranking 46th Continental Europe Ranking
Rosendaelsche was the one course that I really missed playing when I visited some of the top courses in the Netherlands last year so I was really happy to get the chance...

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