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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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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Konopiste (Radecky) 06/09/2019

11th Czech Republic Ranking
You’ll reach Konopiste in less than an hour by car from Prague city centre and it’s a journey well worth making to sample the golf on offer in very pleasant parkland surr...

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Karlstejn (Red) 06/09/2019

4th Czech Republic Ranking
It’s a sensational setting for a game of golf, with views across the Berounka River to Karlstejn Castle, nestled in the densely forested hills a couple of kilometres to t...

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Beroun 06/09/2019

12th Czech Republic Ranking
In the early 1990s, some may have been surprised that Canadian architect Les Furber got the design gig at nearby Karlstejn but he obviously did a good enough job on that...

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Royal Marianske Lazne 06/09/2019

5th Czech Republic Ranking
Originally founded as Marienbad Golf Club in 1905, Marianske Lazne received its royal prefix in 2003, becoming only the second club in Europe (after Royal Malta) to have...

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Cihelny 06/09/2019

10th Czech Republic Ranking
First of all, if you paid no attention to what’s written on either the scorecard or course signage then you’d be hard pressed to know that this was a Gary Player layout....

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Albatross 06/09/2019

2nd Czech Republic Ranking
I played the Albatross course six days after Thomas Pieters won the latest edition of the Czech Masters on this layout. The club is a member of the European Tour Properti...

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Casa Serena 06/09/2019

1st Czech Republic Ranking
Casa Serena was one of the first of a dozen courses that I visited on a trip to the Czech Republic last month and it set the bar of expectation at a very high mark for al...

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Roma Acquasanta 20/08/2019

2nd Central Italy - Best in Area 6th Italy Ranking
The classic old parkland track at Roma Acquasanta proved to be a fitting end to my recent trip to Italy. Founded by the British at the start of the last century, it’s sai...

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Olgiata (West) 20/08/2019

1st Central Italy - Best in Area 5th Italy Ranking 98th Continental Europe Ranking
There’s been a few big tournaments played at Olgiata, mainly in the 1960s to 1980s, though it was put forward as the Olympic golf course in Rome’s failed bid to host the...

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Golf Nazionale 20/08/2019

3rd Central Italy - Best in Area 9th Italy Ranking
On arrival, both the clubhouse and the adjoining accommodation wing appear a little dated (the place is less than thirty years old) but I was later told both are due to b...

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Terre dei Consoli 20/08/2019

15th Central Italy - Best in Area 43rd Italy Ranking
When I got home, I looked at google maps to see exactly how close the course at Terre dei Consoli is to the layout at Golf Nazionale and found out the most northerly poin...

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Terme di Saturnia 20/08/2019

11th Central Italy - Best in Area 27th Italy Ranking
I really like Ron Fream courses, having played most of his Tunisian designs, as well as Arcangues in southwest France, and this wee Tuscan beauty didn’t disappoint either...

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Argentario 20/08/2019

6th Central Italy - Best in Area 21st Italy Ranking
I can’t vouch for the resort as I didn’t stay here but the new clubhouse, driving range and surroundings are very smart. The course was busy on arrival so Giulia in the g...

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La Bagnaia 20/08/2019

9th Central Italy - Best in Area 25th Italy Ranking
The 18-hole layout at La Bagnaia is laid out in a large estate, with a couple of old converted villages, Borgo Bagnaia and Borgo Filetta, offering boutique hotel accommod...

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Antognolla 20/08/2019

12th Central Italy - Best in Area 31st Italy Ranking
The first thing that strikes you about playing at Antognolla is the bunkering, which is truly magnificent. Jagged edged and beautifully proportioned, the sand traps are w...

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Prince’s (Himalayas) 15/08/2019

6th Kent - Best in Area 99th England Ranking
Martin Ebert has recently been called in by the owner to beef up the challenge on this nine and he’s done so in a number of ways, especially with the introduction of a sw...

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Rye (Old) 15/08/2019

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 55th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I’ve had Rye on my hit list for some time now and got the opportunity to play the course the other day. The opening three holes are rather pedestrian, with out of bounds...

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