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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Donegal 12/04/2016

3rd Donegal - Best in Area 17th Ireland Ranking 91st Britain & Ireland Ranking
There are some courses (and, if you’re lucky, some clubs) where you just feel comfortable with from the moment you park up in front of the clubhouse. For me, Donegal is j...

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Portsalon 08/10/2014

5th Donegal - Best in Area 22nd Ireland Ranking
I’d visited Portsalon several times before but I’d never, for various reasons, completed a full round (a year ago in April when last here it was raining cats and dogs and...

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Donegal 18/04/2013

3rd Donegal - Best in Area 17th Ireland Ranking 91st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Looking back at my review from six years ago when I last played here, I missed a couple of important factors: firstly, the fairways are generally wide and forgiving so go...

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Portsalon 08/04/2010

5th Donegal - Best in Area 22nd Ireland Ranking
Please don’t do what I’ve done twice now when visiting here - arrive too late in the afternoon to complete a round because I’ve got caught up somewhere else earlier in th...

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North West 07/08/2007

9th Donegal - Best in Area 81st Ireland Ranking
As a boy in the 1960s, I used to holiday in Lisfannon on the shores of Lough Swilly, beside the North West golf course. I was intrigued by the nearest hole to our wee cot...

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Donegal 07/06/2007

3rd Donegal - Best in Area 17th Ireland Ranking 91st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Donegal surpassed my expectations by some way. I can understand why other reviewers find it something of a let down after playing other north west courses laid out on mor...

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Narin & Portnoo 07/06/2007

6th Donegal - Best in Area 28th Ireland Ranking
In relation to the previous review, it’s like waiting for a bus – no reviews for this course then suddenly two come along in rapid succession! The club have done a remark...

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Cruit Island 07/06/2007

8th Donegal - Best in Area 80th Ireland Ranking
Sometimes you read positive reviews before playing a new course then find the reviewers must have been playing a different course to the one you’ve just played! Not so wi...

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Portsalon 07/06/2007

5th Donegal - Best in Area 22nd Ireland Ranking
Portsalon, like most of the coastal courses in Donegal, is not easy to stumble upon. You don’t happen to drive past and think, I’ve got the clubs in the boot, I think I’l...

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