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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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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St Andrews (New) 02/02/2005

3rd Fife - Best in Area 26th Scotland Ranking 85th 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

2nd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 73rd 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

11th Fife - Best in Area 53rd 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

11th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 64th 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 68th 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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Newmachar (Hawkshill) 24/01/2005

7th North East Scotland - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
I entered the Newmachar Open and played the Hawkshill course in September 2002. There are good practice facilities adjacent to the clubhouse with a driving range availabl...

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Glasgow (Gailes Links) 23/01/2005

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 43rd Scotland Ranking
I played in January 2004 and was suitably impressed with a well presented track (the greens were in great nick) and a smart clubhouse (though the pot holed car park was i...

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Montrose (Medal) 23/01/2005

3rd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 49th Scotland Ranking
I played in the Royal Montrose Open in June 2004 and had a great day out. Not the longest of courses with only four of its thirteen par fours over400 yards (I checked my...

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Leven Links 22/01/2005

9th Fife - Best in Area 48th Scotland Ranking
I played in the Leven Thistle Open in 2003. Like at Elie, there is more than one club with playing rights over the course. and Leven Thistle (like Earlsferry Thistle at E...

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Crail (Balcomie) 22/01/2005

13th Fife - Best in Area 67th Scotland Ranking
This review should be exclusively for the Balcomie but you really have to know about its realtively new wee brother, the Craighead. This course was newly built when I pla...

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Gullane (No.1) 22/01/2005

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I played the course in early 2003 (having previously played the no.2 course some time before and since played the no.3 course). I could not get my head round the idea of...

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