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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Castlerock (Mussenden) 10/05/2018

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking
I returned to the Mussenden course the other day to have a look at the renovation that took place over the winter. With Martin Hawtree as the architect and Esie O’Mahony...

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Lough Erne (Faldo) 10/08/2015

1st Fermanagh - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
For golfing traditionalists who prefer links to inland courses, the buggy golf experience at Lough Erne will always be something of a hard sell, no matter how good the re...

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Dungannon 07/08/2015

2nd Tyrone - Best in Area
Don’t expect to play championship golf at Dungannon. The Standard scratch score is two strokes less than the par of 72 off the medal tees (FIVE less than par off the regu...

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Galgorm Castle 05/08/2015

4th Antrim - Best in Area 13th Northern Ireland Ranking
I’m more than a little surprised to be the first person to review the Galgorm Castle course on the Top 100 site, having played it today in the pro-am for the Northern Ire...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 22/04/2015

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking
I just checked that it’s two days shy of nine years since I last posted a review for the Mussenden course at Castlerock – where has the time gone I ask myself? Just like...

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Ardglass 19/04/2015

2nd Down - Best in Area 8th Northern Ireland Ranking
What a start to the round at Ardlass! The cliff top par four 1st and par three second 2nd are as good as you will encounter anywhere, with both holes demanding nothing ot...

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Templepatrick 20/12/2006

5th Antrim - Best in Area 17th Northern Ireland Ranking
I played the Hilton Templepatrick course in April 2003 when the wife and I were staying at the hotel on one of their stay-and-play weekend offers – she got the beauty/spa...

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Castlerock (Bann) 01/12/2006

4th Londonderry - Best in Area 16th Northern Ireland Ranking
I played the Bann course on an afternoon in April 2006, having enjoyed the delights of the Mussenden’s eighteen holes in the morning. Conditions were very breezy and this...

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Royal Portrush (Valley) 14/06/2006

2nd Antrim - Best in Area 6th Northern Ireland Ranking
The Valley is a cracking links course, totally overshadowed by the top 10 rated Dunluce course but you know, I think that's exactly how the locals like it as they can wat...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 24/04/2006

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking
A review of Castlerock should mention the clubhouse and the staffing of the golf course as well as the actual lie of the land on which the course is built.I have rarely b...

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