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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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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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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Turriff 14/10/2016

21st North East Scotland - Best in Area
Local rule number 8 on the scorecard refers to OVERHEAD POWER LINES at holes 3, 8 and 14-16 (where golfers must replay their shot if their ball strikes the poles, lines o...

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Kemnay 13/10/2016

20th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I’d been tipped the wink in advance by an Aberdeenshire professional that Kemnay was a decent track and so it turned out to be, with the par five 2nd doglegging down and...

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Portlethen 13/10/2016

22nd North East Scotland - Best in Area
Laid out as two returning nines, Portlethen’s a modern track that ticks the boxes for many golfers in terms of appeal and challenge, epitomized by the water hazards that...

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Peterculter 13/10/2016

24th North East Scotland - Best in Area
There was still evidence of the damage that Storm Frank had caused on Deeside at the end of 2015 with the bridge over the burn at the 4th, next to the river, being recons...

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Banchory 13/10/2016

17th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Short, but sweet is how I would sum up Banchory. It’s a really tidy little track that sports a terrific six-pack of par threes and you’ll not play such a variety of one-s...

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Deeside (Haughton) 27/05/2015

12th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Respondents to a recent Top 100 survey of North East golf courses alerted me to the golfing merits of the Haughton course so it was only right that I had a look around wh...

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Ballater 25/05/2015

16th North East Scotland - Best in Area
The previous reviewer was right to say there’s not great golf at Ballater but there’s certainly good golf to be played, particularly on the more challenging outward half....

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Aboyne 25/05/2015

15th North East Scotland - Best in Area
If ever there was a course laid out for a golfing game of two halves then this is it. The front nine is really rather uninspiring - I made only one note on my scorecard a...

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Spey Bay 16/08/2011

13th North East Scotland - Best in Area
After playing one or two soulless new “corporate” courses in recent times, it was a real tonic to discover that an old-fashioned course like Spey Bay could re-affirm my l...

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Newburgh-on-Ythan 19/08/2010

10th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I was totally unprepared for what Newburgh had to offer.First of all, the location is absolutely marvellous with the most amazing sand dunes providing a surreal backdrop...

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Newmachar (Hawkshill) 19/08/2010

7th North East Scotland - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
Almost eight years after I last played here, I returned to where I remember having been spat up and chewed out by the course during one of my first Gents Opens. Am I glad...

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Duff House Royal 27/08/2008

8th North East Scotland - Best in Area 93rd Scotland Ranking
A beautifully manicured course that should flatter your game - even if you stray from the generous fairways as the rough is virtually non existant – and any half decent g...

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Peterhead (Old) 26/08/2008

6th North East Scotland - Best in Area 60th Scotland Ranking
The course is accessed from the car park by a pedestrian bridge across the sand banked river Ugie, giving it a feeling of seclusion. The welcome from the starter could no...

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