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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Kings 14/08/2019

12th North Scotland - Best in Area 74th Scotland Ranking
The new course at Kings Golf Club in Inverness was a big surprise. To be honest, I had pretty low expectations before playing here – after all, wasn’t this merely the reb...

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Duff House Royal 21/08/2018

8th North East Scotland - Best in Area 93rd Scotland Ranking
Almost exactly ten years to the day, I returned to play Duff House Royal last week. My last review mentioned “any half decent golfer should surely be capable of playing o...

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Wick 21/08/2018

27th North Scotland - Best in Area
Having earlier in the day been to the most north western course on the British mainland at Durness, I headed across the top of Scotland to tee it up at the most north eas...

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Durness 21/08/2018

18th North Scotland - Best in Area
It took years of galavanting on golf trips elsewhere in the Highlands before I finally decided to make the 7-hour trip from Glasgow up to Durness last week. After you’ve...

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Bonnyton 23/06/2018

6th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
Bonnyton’s a great little moorland track, perched high above Glasgow on the south side of the city. It’s one of a very select number of Scottish layouts designed by Alist...

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Ardfin 11/09/2017

1st Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 12th Scotland Ranking
Almost exactly a year after I last visited the new Ardfin course on the isle of Jura (to read the story click here), I returned last week with a couple of other members f...

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Machrie 11/09/2017

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 56th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I looked ahead to my visit to Islay last week with a degree of trepidation – would the new Machrie be so radically different to the old course that I wouldn’t like it? I’...

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Royal Burgess 30/07/2017

16th Lothians - Best in Area 84th Scotland Ranking
I can’t believe it’s just over nine years since I last played at Royal Burgess, having returned today to compete in the club’s Gents Open. If parkland golf is your game o...

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Ballochmyle 18/07/2017

19th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
I’ll be honest here and say that I’d heard of but didn’t exactly know where Ballochmyle was. I’d been alerted to it recently by several Top 100 Scottish panelists who ran...

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Elgin 06/07/2017

17th North Scotland - Best in Area
I can’t believe it’s almost nine years since I last played at Elgin but, because it’s a course I remember fondly from my previous visit, I was delighted to pay it a retur...

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Forres 06/07/2017

22nd North Scotland - Best in Area
The steeply downhill short par four 1st gets the round off to a spectacular start at Forres, with the fairway playing to a pronounced two-tiered green. The next couple of...

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Moray (Old) 06/07/2017

5th North Scotland - Best in Area 28th Scotland Ranking 92nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I suppose the Old course at Moray gets overlooked by many of the visiting golfers who arrive in the local area to play the headline tracks at nearby Dornoch, Brora, Castl...

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Boat of Garten 14/10/2016

7th North Scotland - Best in Area 38th Scotland Ranking
I finished off my short tour “up north” last week with a game at the Boat and was so glad that I concluded my sojourn north on a real high. Playing here in early October...

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Forres 14/10/2016

22nd North Scotland - Best in Area
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Forres but, for certain, I didn’t anticipate the big dipper start to the round, with severely undulating fairways pitching and rolling bet...

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Buckpool 14/10/2016

18th North East Scotland - Best in Area
There’s a homespun feel to Buckpool Golf Sports & Social Club (to give it the full title from the club’s logo) and it looks like it doubles up as a community centre/socia...

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