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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Carrick 23/07/2021

2nd Dunbartonshire - Best in Area 96th Scotland Ranking
I returned to The Carrick today for the first time in nearly nine years. Like most clubs, it’s obviously suffered financially during the current covid crisis so it was go...

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Balbirnie Park 18/07/2021

19th Fife - Best in Area
The Kingdom of Fife is renowned for its many links offerings but for those who might prefer to play further inland then the well-manicured course at Balbirnie Park is ver...

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Ladybank 18/07/2021

10th Fife - Best in Area 52nd Scotland Ranking
Almost exactly ten years since I was last here, I returned the other day to have a look at the recent bunker renovation that was carried out by Paul Kimber and Nial Glen...

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Moray (New) 04/07/2021

15th North Scotland - Best in Area 87th Scotland Ranking
The club market the New course as a Henry Cotton design but it was architect Howard Swan's father Alex (who worked with Cotton on many other golf projects) who actually d...

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Musselburgh (Old) 04/07/2021

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Like many before me, I drove past this place plenty of times on my way to play links golf further along the coast. That was until my golfing sidekick Martin gave me the p...

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Eyemouth 04/07/2021

6th Borders - Best in Area
The Eyemouth course has only been played as an 18-hole layout since the late 1990s, when a new road to the harbour was laid, allowing the old 9-hole course to be replaced...

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Hamilton 04/07/2021

2nd Lanarkshire - Best in Area
I only played Hamilton once before, in the club’s Gents Open in August 2013, so I didn’t remember much of the course before visiting again last month. The rumpled fairway...

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Cathkin Braes 04/07/2021

2nd Glasgow - Best in Area
I made my first visit in a while to Cathkin Braes last month and came away wondering why it had taken me so long to make a return trip as there’s lots to like about this...

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Crow Wood 04/07/2021

10th Lanarkshire - Best in Area
It’s more than twenty years since I last played Crow Wood and I couldn’t remember much from my previous visit… apart from the fact that it opens with a downhill par three...

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Hilton Park (Hilton) 04/07/2021

3rd Dunbartonshire - Best in Area
Like the previous reviewer, I was also slightly perplexed at the number of uphill shots to be played here (my notes for #16 read “yet another u/h tee shot!”) but, in fair...

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Dumfries & Galloway 31/12/2020

9th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
I don’t know why I didn’t post for Dumfries & Galloway when I played here in 2014 as I wrote a review for nearby Dumfries & County, which I played the same day. When I fo...

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Cally Palace 31/12/2020

5th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
I played Cally Palace almost ten years ago, before it was featured on this website, and I’ve only recently noticed it was on my “reviews-to-do” list. While I was in the a...

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Thornhill Golf Club 31/12/2020

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
I played at Thornhill back in July 2011, before it made an appearance on this website. It had escaped my attention that I’d never posted a review for it since then so, on...

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Newmachar (Swailend) 31/12/2020

23rd North East Scotland - Best in Area
The Swailend course was one of five new entries in the newly extended North East of Scotland listings when they were announced at the end of last year. As I hadn’t seen t...

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Inverallochy 31/12/2020

11th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I’d only been in this corner of the North East of Scotland once before, back in August 2008 when I played the Corbie Hill course at Fraserburgh, so when I saw that Invera...

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Cruden Bay (St Olaf) 31/12/2020

19th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I played here after competing in the Gents Senior Open in May 2017 but I didn’t take any notes or photographs as the course wasn’t at that time ranked in the North East d...

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Forfar 31/12/2020

7th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 90th Scotland Ranking
Almost ten years since I was last here, I pitched up at Forfar a couple of months ago on my way further north to play in Aberdeenshire. When comparing my personal Scottis...

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Carnoustie (Buddon) 31/12/2020

10th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
I visited the Buddon back in August, on my way home to Glasgow, having played earlier in the day with a friend from the Czech Republic on the bizarrely renamed 1562 (form...

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Greensgate 27/08/2020

6th Czech Republic Ranking
It’s clearly obvious the owners of the Greensgate resort have invested heavily in this leisure facility, both on and off the course, since they took over a few years ago....

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