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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Dunbar 26/08/2005

6th Lothians - Best in Area 32nd 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

12th North Scotland - Best in Area 70th 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

21st 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 31st 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

11th 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 55th 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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St Andrews (New) 02/02/2005

5th Fife - Best in Area 29th Scotland Ranking 93rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played on a sunny morning with a light breeze in February 2005. Unlike the Old course, you are allowed to play in the winter on the New without using a mat on the fairway...

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Pollok 25/01/2005

4th Glasgow - Best in Area
Played the course in October 2003. What a welcome we got at the front door by the caddiemaster and the locker rooms are nothing short of sensational after a recent refurb...

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Powfoot 24/01/2005

3rd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 82nd Scotland Ranking
I played in the Powfoot Open in June 2003 on a lovely day for playing golf. The clubhouse had a real 'holiday golf venue' feel to the place and was a very informal and fr...

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Scotscraig 24/01/2005

10th Fife - Best in Area 51st Scotland Ranking
I played Scotscraig with a friend on a May afternoon in 2004. Takes about half an hour to get to from St.Andrews. The large, old fahioned clubhouse with separate visitor...

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Kilmarnock (Barassie) 24/01/2005

10th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 59th Scotland Ranking
I played in a four ball in November 2002 when the revised course layout had just been put in place. A new locker room had just been installed in the freshly decorated clu...

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Lanark 24/01/2005

1st Lanarkshire - Best in Area 71st Scotland Ranking
Visited this course in June 2004 using a golf discount coupon with a mate. I think we payed 15 quid each – what a bargain because Lanark is a cracking track! Greens were...

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Cardrona 24/01/2005

2nd Borders - Best in Area
This was a very young course when I played it in April 2003 on an absolutely beautiful, sunny day. The hotel was still being built and the club were using a Portakabin as...

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