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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Arcangues 10/07/2019

11th South West France - Best in Area 72nd France Ranking
Often you encounter a surprise course on a 4 or 5-day golf trip involving more than half a dozen layouts and this was it on a recent venture into the southwest corner of...

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Anfi Tauro 12/06/2019

1st Canary Islands - Best in Area 17th Spain Ranking 84th Continental Europe Ranking
Anfi Tauro is the furthest golf course from the airport on Gran Canaria but it’s easily accessed via the autopista GC-1 highway, allowing you to go the extra mile to play...

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Salobre (New) 12/06/2019

13th Canary Islands - Best in Area 99th Spain Ranking
I’ve seen the Salobre Sur (now the Old) course previously marketed as “The Beauty Course,” with the Salobre Norte (now the New) course termed “The Beast course,” and havi...

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Salobre (Old) 12/06/2019

12th Canary Islands - Best in Area 92nd Spain Ranking
Currently listed 14 out of 14 in the Canary Islands regional chart on this site, the Old course at Salobre – formerly known as the South course – deserves a far better ra...

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Real Las Palmas 12/06/2019

6th Canary Islands - Best in Area 74th Spain Ranking
It takes a wee bit of effort to get to Real Las Palmas – or Bandama as it’s known locally – and, to prove the point, a local taxi driver taking one of the guys I was play...

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El Cortijo 12/06/2019

15th Canary Islands - Best in Area
El Cortijo was the first course I played last week during a visit to all the golf facilities on Gran Canaria. First impressions count for a lot when arriving at a club an...

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Maspalomas 12/06/2019

10th Canary Islands - Best in Area 82nd Spain Ranking
Maspalomas celebrated its 50th anniversary last year so, along with the course at Real Las Palmas, it’s one of the more established golfing layouts on Gran Canaria. It wa...

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Lopesan Meloneras 12/06/2019

7th Canary Islands - Best in Area 78th Spain Ranking
I played Meloneras last week during a visit to all the golf facilities on Gran Canaria. For some strange reason, this course isn’t currently listed in the Top 100 Canary...

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Thracian Cliffs 08/05/2019

1st Bulgaria Ranking 40th Continental Europe Ranking
Reviewers below use words like crazy, spectacular, breathtaking and quirky to describe the experience of playing at Thracian Cliffs and I’m not going to disagree with any...

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BlackSeaRama 08/05/2019

2nd Bulgaria Ranking
Unlike the previous reviewer who found BlackSeaRama to be “very similar the whole way round” I felt the two nines here were really quite different to one another! I playe...

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Lighthouse 08/05/2019

3rd Bulgaria Ranking
Lighthouse’s golfing credentials are plain for all to see. It’s one of two dozen golf facilities operating under the European Tour Properties banner and it hosted a prest...

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Pirin 08/05/2019

5th Bulgaria Ranking
The Pirin Golf & Country Club project was realised by Balkanstroy, one of Bulgaria’s largest construction companies, which also invested heavily in the Lighthouse resort...

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Pravets 08/05/2019

4th Bulgaria Ranking
I played with Alan Rogut, Director of Golf at Pravets, during the PGAs of Europe annual congress in Belek, Turkey a couple of years ago. During our round at the Gloria re...

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Delamere Forest 31/10/2018

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 40th England Ranking 93rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The title Delamere Forest is something of an arboreal misnomer because you can’t classify it as a woodland course. Instead, it’s a wonderful old heathland design that’s l...

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Seascale 31/10/2018

2nd Cumbria - Best in Area
I’ve been meaning to swing by Seascale for some time now. When you’re on the M74/M6 between Scotland and England, it’s all too easy to remain on the motorway and avoid ma...

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