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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Prince’s (Himalayas) 15/08/2019

6th Kent - 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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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

2nd 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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Lindrick 15/09/2017

4th Yorkshire - Best in Area 58th England Ranking
It was like returning to meet an old friend when I played at Lindrick last week – and I did indeed meet up with an old friend, club archivist Graham Mann – nearly three y...

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Buckinghamshire 27/07/2017

6th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
I thought maybe the Misbourne and Colne rivers would feature prominently during my round here the other day but, thankfully, water only ever came into play at a few of th...

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Camberley Heath 18/07/2017

18th Surrey - Best in Area 84th England Ranking
I played Camberley Heath last week with absolutely no expectations whatsoever and was absolutely blown away by the front nine. Granted, the inward half – which is routed...

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West Surrey 18/07/2017

22nd Surrey - Best in Area
Architect Ken Moodie was appointed to upgrade the West Surrey course in 2016 and he’s made an impressive start, completing the first phase of a 5-year programme with the...

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West Hill 18/07/2017

10th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 81st Britain & Ireland Ranking
I think the comment from an earlier reviewer should be borne in mind when comparing West Hill to near neighbours Woking and Worplesdon: “I don’t spend hours thinking abou...

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Worplesdon 18/07/2017

9th Surrey - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
What a delight – Worplesdon in the morning followed by West Hill in afternoon! How good can a day’s golf get? I thought the opening loop of four holes was a terrific “war...

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The Addington 18/07/2017

16th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The course gets off to a bit of a slow start. I didn’t have a problem with the uphill, par three 1st, played to a two-tiered green with a big back to front tilt – if anyt...

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Reigate Heath 18/07/2017

27th Surrey - Best in Area
I don’t think I’ve ever been handed two cards in the pro shop before playing a course: one to mark my score and one explaining “course etiquette and health & safety”. Bec...

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Woking 24/07/2016

7th Surrey - Best in Area 27th England Ranking 68th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I expected Woking to be good but it was even better than I thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise. Laid out by Tom Dunn in 1893, well before other heathland c...

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Hillside 18/05/2016

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking
I was lucky enough to tee it up here last week for the third time in the last ten years. I know the two nines constitute something of a contrast in styles but I think the...

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West Lancashire 17/05/2016

6th Lancashire - Best in Area 44th England Ranking 99th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I revisited West Lancashire last week, almost ten years since I last played here, and the first thing to impress me was the makeover to the exterior of the clubhouse, whi...

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Wallasey 17/05/2016

3rd Cheshire - Best in Area 59th England Ranking
I’d had Wallasey on my hit list for a long time so it was a real shame that the weather didn’t co-operate when I finally got round to playing here last week because it ra...

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