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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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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Gullane (No.3) 28/03/2016

20th Lothians - Best in Area
There’s one place in Scotland that’s always guaranteed to revive my golfing spirits and that’s Gullane. It’s only a 90-minute drive away from where I live in the west of...

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Harburn 28/10/2015

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
I realized the other day that Harburn was the only Scottish GEM on this site that I hadn’t played (apart from Taymouth Castle, which is currently closed) so I nipped thro...

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Murrayfield 02/09/2015

24th Lothians - Best in Area
Murrayfield’s short but sweet. Very sweet, in fact. The opening three holes rise steadily away from the clubhouse in the same direction, before the routing turns around a...

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West Linton 01/09/2015

21st Lothians - Best in Area
Looking out from the West Linton clubhouse at the expanse of rugged moorland stretching into the distance, you can hardly wait to get out onto the first tee to tackle the...

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Prestonfield 31/08/2015

26th Lothians - Best in Area
Heading south east from Edinburgh city centre, you pass the Royal Commonwealth Pool on your left before four-storey high tenement buildings loom on either side of the roa...

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Kings Acre 26/08/2015

30th Lothians - Best in Area
Kings Acre surprised me in a number of ways: there were far more elevation changes around the course than I was expecting, the fairways were a lot drier and firmer than I...

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Broomieknowe 14/08/2015

28th Lothians - Best in Area
The opening and closing three holes at Broomieknowe are nothing to write home about, with all six par fours running parallel to each other on rather a flat piece of land...

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Newbattle 14/08/2015

27th Lothians - Best in Area
My round at Newbattle started very brightly, with the opening hole playing to a lovely sunken green, followed by a tee shot on the short par four 2nd that plunges down to...

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Renaissance Club 10/07/2015

4th Lothians - Best in Area 22nd Scotland Ranking 62nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
A couple of days ago, seven years after I first played here, I stepped back onto the 1st tee at Renaissance Club. Back then, in 2008, there was no clubhouse or other acco...

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Bruntsfield Links 10/07/2015

12th Lothians - Best in Area 77th Scotland Ranking
It’s a while since I played at Bruntsfield so I was glad to accept the offer of another game here the other day. The club appears to be more outgoing these days, even pro...

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Gullane (No.3) 04/12/2013

20th Lothians - Best in Area
I’m not going to repeat what I’ve said before about this place. I agree that it’s short and it will massage your golfing ego but, hey, don’t we all need that to happen ju...

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Gullane (No.1) 24/05/2012

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I bumped into someone that I played a few games with last year in the car park before playing here yesterday. Nothing of any great surprise there you might think but when...

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Dunbar 05/12/2011

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
Eskimos would hardly venture out to face the sort of snowy scene I found first thing today in Glasgow but intrepid Scottish golfers are made of sterner stuff so two a hal...

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Gullane (No.3) 30/11/2011

20th Lothians - Best in Area
Yesterday, I tried to arrange a game in Fife for St Andrews Day today but the two clubs I contacted couldn’t get me out until late in the morning (meaning I’d miss a late...

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Musselburgh 22/10/2011

14th Lothians - Best in Area 80th Scotland Ranking
I’ve passed this course more than a dozen times in recent years on my way to the wonderful links layouts along the East Lothian coast but my, what a gem of a parkland tra...

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Archerfield (Fidra) 09/09/2011

5th Lothians - Best in Area 32nd Scotland Ranking
The Fidra is just a delight to play. Its largely tree-lined front nine holes contrast beautifully with the more open back nine, affording the layout a feel that’s pretty...

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Gullane (No.2) 10/05/2011

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
I just love this place as it represents totally unpretentious, great value for money golf – where the club even accepts the Top100golfclub card four days a week for this...

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