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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Finca Cortesin 24/02/2020

3rd Southern Spain - Best in Area 5th Spain Ranking 18th Continental Europe Ranking
The club has recently upgraded the course, converting the former bent/poa greens to Bermuda grass putting surfaces and reconstructing the bunkers using the “Better Billy...

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Aloha 24/02/2020

7th Southern Spain - Best in Area 24th Spain Ranking
It was great to be able to return to an old favourite a couple of weeks ago, even if the foggy conditions on the first tee had me thinking I wouldn’t see much for the res...

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Real Sotogrande 24/02/2020

2nd Southern Spain - Best in Area 3rd Spain Ranking 9th Continental Europe Ranking
There’s an understated elegance about Real Sotogrande that’s evident from the moment you arrive at the clubhouse. Even the small scorecard you are given at the starter’s...

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San Roque (New) 24/02/2020

11th Southern Spain - Best in Area 32nd Spain Ranking
The San Roque club is currently experiencing what could best be described as a period of transition. The Old course and clubhouse were acquired by new investors in Januar...

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Real Las Brisas 24/02/2020

4th Southern Spain - Best in Area 6th Spain Ranking 24th Continental Europe Ranking
I returned to play Real Las Brisas a couple of weeks ago, nearly three years after first teeing it up here. Like last time, I was really impressed by the standard of main...

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La Zagaleta (Old) 24/02/2020

26th Southern Spain - Best in Area 88th Spain Ranking
I got the chance to play here a couple of weeks ago, having just flown into Malaga earlier in the day for a short golf trip to the Costa del Sol. Before playing the Old c...

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Cleveland 26/01/2020

15th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Cleveland is a no-nonsense, down to earth links with a clubhouse (and members) to match. It’s a wee bit out of the way but well worth going the extra mile to play. I thou...

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Costa Teguise 26/12/2019

5th Canary Islands - Best in Area 71st Spain Ranking
You can often tell what a club’s going to be like within moments of walking up to the front door and entering the clubhouse. Noticeboards on either side of the hallway an...

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Peel 06/10/2019

2nd Isle of Man Ranking
There was an awful lot of golf related activity on the Isle of Man in the 1890s. Old Tom Morris was involved at Castletown, Ramsey and King Edward Bay, George Lowe was la...

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Castletown 06/10/2019

1st Isle of Man Ranking 98th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I must admit I never thought I’d ever get to the Isle of Man to play Castletown but I’m so glad now that I did. Old Tom Morris was certainly a busy man on the island back...

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Étretat 25/09/2019

7th North West France - Best in Area 50th France Ranking
I’d been told in advance that Étretat was “all about the views” and that’s true to a large extent, but there’s also a really decent layout stretched out here along the ch...

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Granville (Links) 25/09/2019

3rd North West France - Best in Area 16th France Ranking 89th Continental Europe Ranking
I suppose the kindest way to describe Granville when I played it last week was “a little rough around the edges” but I write that in the most sympathetic way possible – t...

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Dinard 25/09/2019

4th North West France - Best in Area 20th France Ranking
Dinard was my favourite place to play on a recent 8-course visit to the northwest of France. The Dinard playing experience is not just about the course, which stretches t...

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Le Vaudreuil 25/09/2019

18th North West France - Best in Area
The course at Le Vaudreuil lies between the small towns of Val-de-Reuil and Saint-Etienne-du-Vauvray, within a large loop of the Seine as the river slowly meanders across...

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Omaha Beach (La Mer) 25/09/2019

14th North West France - Best in Area 83rd France Ranking
The 36-hole golf complex at Golf Omaha Beach is located on the cliffs above the little coastal town of Port-en-Bessin, which was liberated by 47 Royal Marine Commando on...

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Saint-Malo (Surcouf) 25/09/2019

13th North West France - Best in Area 80th France Ranking
Don’t expect to play golf by the sea at the Saint-Malo Golf Resort because the course is located around 25 kilometres inland from the historic French port. Developed in t...

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Panorama (Meadows & Forest) 06/09/2019

15th Czech Republic Ranking
The Meadow and Forest ensemble is certainly the most challenging 18-hole course at Panorama, though only the opening and closing holes on each nine are set close to the c...

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