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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The Dutch 12/10/2018

12th Netherlands Ranking
I visited The Dutch only three weeks after the KLM Open had been held on the course so I knew I was playing a new track with an impressive championship pedigree which had...

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Rosendaelsche 12/10/2018

8th Netherlands Ranking 41st Continental Europe Ranking
Rosendaelsche was the one course that I really missed playing when I visited some of the top courses in the Netherlands last year so I was really happy to get the chance...

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Bernardus 12/10/2018

5th Netherlands Ranking 25th Continental Europe Ranking
I saw the partially built course at Bernardus last year when quite a few holes had still to be shaped so it was a real thrill to return last week to see all eighteen hole...

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Michlifen 01/10/2018

Gem Morocco - Best in Area
I had a look at Michlifen with shaper Russell Curtis last year – nearly all of the first 12 holes were growing in and the last 6 were still under construction – when the...

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Praia D'El Rey 02/09/2018

4th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 9th Portugal Ranking 48th Continental Europe Ranking
Because the course was so busy the afternoon I teed it up here, I played the back nine first – which made the more unexciting front nine appear a little insipid in compar...

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Oitavos Dunes 02/09/2018

2nd Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 3rd Portugal Ranking 21st Continental Europe Ranking
Oitavos Dunes lies close to the most westerly point on the European mainland, where fairways are set out on beautiful sandy terrain close to the coast. It’s more seaside...

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Estoril 02/09/2018

15th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area
The course lies a couple of kilometres inland from the still rather grand Palacio Estoril Golf & Spa Hotel, where the fairways occupy a hilly site which is divided by six...

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Duff House Royal 21/08/2018

8th North East Scotland - Best in Area 93rd Scotland Ranking
Almost exactly ten years to the day, I returned to play Duff House Royal last week. My last review mentioned “any half decent golfer should surely be capable of playing o...

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Wick 21/08/2018

27th North Scotland - Best in Area
Having earlier in the day been to the most north western course on the British mainland at Durness, I headed across the top of Scotland to tee it up at the most north eas...

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Durness 21/08/2018

18th North Scotland - Best in Area
It took years of galavanting on golf trips elsewhere in the Highlands before I finally decided to make the 7-hour trip from Glasgow up to Durness last week. After you’ve...

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Courson (Vert & Noir) 01/08/2018

12th North East France - Best in Area 27th France Ranking
Having played earlier in the day at Fontainebleau, I stopped in at Courson in the afternoon, on the way back to Paris, where the Stade Francais sports club operates a mod...

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Fontainebleau 01/08/2018

3rd North East France - Best in Area 4th France Ranking 8th Continental Europe Ranking
I wasn’t quite prepared for the topography at Fontainbleau. Even sitting in front of the charming old clubhouse, there’s no real hint of the roller coaster ride that lies...

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Les Bordes 01/08/2018

1st North West France - Best in Area 2nd France Ranking 6th Continental Europe Ranking
I last played at Les Bordes almost eleven years ago (so a lot has happened since those relatively carefree, innocent days when I was still in my late forties) and I never...

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