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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Royal Belgium (Old) 26/07/2022

3rd Belgium Ranking 44th Continental Europe Ranking
The Old course (or Arboretum as it’s now called) at Royal Belgium is a Tom Simpson track of some repute but, like a few other of the architect’s courses in Belgium, it co...

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Royal Limburg 26/07/2022

7th Belgium Ranking 88th Continental Europe Ranking
I was here four years ago during a short press trip to the Flanders region and thought very highly of the layout so I’m not going to repeat what I wrote then. Instead, I’...

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Royal Sart Tilman 26/07/2022

4th Belgium Ranking 80th Continental Europe Ranking
The Royal Sart Tilman course is a tree-lined Tom Simpson design from the late 1930s which just oozes class from first tee to final green, with golfers taken on a very ent...

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Royal Fagnes 26/07/2022

8th Belgium Ranking
I played what I thought was a rather run of the mill 4.0 baller at Royal Waterloo in the morning before fronting up at Royal Fagnes (Spa, to you and me) in the afternoon...

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Rinkven (South) 26/07/2022

13th Belgium Ranking
I was here four years ago during a media visit when the Belgian Sixes event was taking place. To be honest, on that occasion I got as far as meeting up with a few friends...

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Royal Ostend 26/07/2022

5th Belgium Ranking 82nd Continental Europe Ranking
The Links at Royal Ostend got my recent Belgian trip off to a brilliant start, even though it all began in a bit of a rush as our 3-ball group was late arriving for our t...

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Assoufid 26/06/2022

5th Morocco Ranking 13th Africa Ranking
I returned here last week after six and a half years but unfortunately missed out on a return match against director of golf Guy Maxwell who was back in Scotland on holid...

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Palmeraie Rotana 26/06/2022

The Palmeraie resort had 27 holes in play when I was last here in 2012 but they’ve now relinquished the newest nine holes, contracting the operation to the original 18-ho...

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Al Maaden 26/06/2022

20th Morocco Ranking
I was so obsessed with the absurdly unique “Moroccan garden” water features when I last played here ten years ago that I missed the other modern art sculptures dotted aro...

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Amelkis (Blue & Red) 26/06/2022

17th Morocco Ranking
I returned to Amelkis last week, just over 10 years since I was last here. This time I played the Blue and Red nines, which comprise the preferred 18-hole layout. All the...

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Son Gual 11/04/2022

2nd Balearic Islands - Best in Area 16th Spain Ranking 83rd Continental Europe Ranking
I was unfortunate with the weather when I visited Son Gual two weeks ago as it was what they call in Ireland a “soft morning” with light rain falling until lunchtime. It...

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T Golf Calvia 11/04/2022

5th Balearic Islands - Best in Area
T Golf Calvia was the big surprise of my recent trip to Mallorca. I’d read beforehand it was a John Harris design (opening in 1978, the year after he died) so I thought i...

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Alcanada 11/04/2022

1st Balearic Islands - Best in Area 12th Spain Ranking 71st Continental Europe Ranking
In 2019, the season-ending tournament on the European Challenge Tour’s “Road to Mallorca” was held at Alcanada and the Grand Final event will be contested here in Novembe...

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