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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Roxburghe 18/04/2006

1st Borders - Best in Area 62nd Scotland Ranking
What a disappointment. The Roxburghe was listed in the ‘Golf World’ magazine top 100 (at no.93) in November 2002 – making it supposedly the 5th best inland course in Scot...

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St Andrews (Jubilee) 06/02/2006

8th Fife - Best in Area 47th Scotland Ranking
You will be fed up hearing this from me by now, but how many courses adjacent to more reknowned links get overlooked when they are excellent courses in their own right? Y...

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Crail (Balcomie) 15/12/2005

13th Fife - Best in Area 67th Scotland Ranking
I returned for a "winter warmer" four years after having first played here and was really disappointed – was I so easily pleased first time around?I know winter layouts a...

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Kingsbarns 28/10/2005

2nd Fife - Best in Area 7th Scotland Ranking 14th Britain & Ireland Ranking 43rd World Ranking
Played the course for a second time in October 2005 and was as impressed second time around as I was the first time. The 6th, 12th and closing par 4 18th are all favourit...

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Prestwick 28/10/2005

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 16th Scotland Ranking 38th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Returned for another Monday at noon SGU tee time in October 2005. This time our four ball arrived early and had a brunch in the Cardinal Dining Room because we would not...

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Muirfield 28/10/2005

1st Lothians - Best in Area 4th Scotland Ranking 6th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking
Played for the second time in October 2005 and enjoyed the test a lot more this time. It really is understated Championship golf – the greens were absolutely immaculate a...

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Dunbar 26/08/2005

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
Its hard to fault any of the preceding reviews of Dunbar. As ever, discerning golfers give fair comment on where they have played and I can only echo most of their remark...

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Tain 23/08/2005

16th North Scotland - Best in Area 88th Scotland Ranking
Tain lies on the southern side of the Dornoch Firth and you must pass through here if you are playing at Royal Dornoch. It is well worth including Tain golf course in you...

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Gullane (No.3) 25/07/2005

20th Lothians - Best in Area
It is a great little track that will flatter your game as its shortness means you areup in two at all the par fours. Distance may not be a threat to a good score herebut...

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Archerfield (Fidra) 12/05/2005

5th Lothians - Best in Area 32nd Scotland Ranking
The front nine of the Fidra course consists of mainly tree lined, though fairly generously wide fairways. The character of the course changes dramatically from the 12th h...

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Ladybank 08/04/2005

10th Fife - Best in Area 52nd Scotland Ranking
I played the course in early April when it was obviously still being prepared for the forthcoming Open qualifying rounds for St.Andrews 2005. The fairways were not as sec...

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Downfield 01/04/2005

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking
Parkland golf in Scotland is often overlooked in favour of links courses – which is easy to understand because there are so many good examples of the latter – but if Bell...

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