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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Penati (Legend) 27/09/2017

2nd Slovakia Ranking
The Penati Resort stands head and shoulders above all the other golf facilities in Slovakia and such is the strength of this national golfing flagship, both its 18-hole c...

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Borsa 27/09/2017

5th Slovakia Ranking
Things didn’t look great before getting out onto the course as the low-key, temporary clubhouse had more than a transient feel to it but once I arrived at the 1st tee, I...

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Black Stork (Taylor & Braid) 27/09/2017

4th Slovakia Ranking
I was looking forward to my visit to the host venue for the 2015 Slovak Amateur Open last week, especially as the views of the surrounding mountains are said to be absolu...

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Lindrick 15/09/2017

4th Yorkshire - Best in Area 58th England Ranking
It was like returning to meet an old friend when I played at Lindrick last week – and I did indeed meet up with an old friend, club archivist Graham Mann – nearly three y...

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Ardfin 11/09/2017

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Almost exactly a year after I last visited the new Ardfin course on the isle of Jura (to read the story click here), I returned last week with a couple of other members f...

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Machrie 11/09/2017

2nd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 19th Scotland Ranking 56th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I looked ahead to my visit to Islay last week with a degree of trepidation – would the new Machrie be so radically different to the old course that I wouldn’t like it? I’...

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Lübker (Sand & Sky) 31/08/2017

3rd Denmark Ranking 30th Continental Europe Ranking
Who would have thought ten years ago that three of the four top ranked courses in Denmark at the end of 2017 would be designs from American architect Robert Trent Jones J...

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Esbjerg (Marbæk) 31/08/2017

5th Denmark Ranking 75th Continental Europe Ranking
With an ever growing number of American-inspired designs now dominating the upper reaches of the Danish ranking chart, it was refreshing to discover the totally natural l...

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Great Northern 31/08/2017

2nd Denmark Ranking 27th Continental Europe Ranking
I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few big budget golf projects in the last few years but Great Northern comfortably knocks them all into a cocked hat. From the superior q...

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Linz St Florian 30/08/2017

11th Austria Ranking
Set out in the grounds of Tillysburg Castle, which overlooks the surrounding landscape, the course at Linz St Florian is just over forty years old as the club moved to it...

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Metzenhof 30/08/2017

28th Austria Ranking
Looking at the lie of the land immediately surrounding the Metzenhof property, it doesn’t take a genius to work out a fair amount of soil was shifted to fashion many of t...

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Royal Burgess 30/07/2017

12th Lothians - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
I can’t believe it’s just over nine years since I last played at Royal Burgess, having returned today to compete in the club’s Gents Open. If parkland golf is your game o...

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Buckinghamshire 27/07/2017

5th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
I thought maybe the Misbourne and Colne rivers would feature prominently during my round here the other day but, thankfully, water only ever came into play at a few of th...

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Ballochmyle 18/07/2017

20th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
I’ll be honest here and say that I’d heard of but didn’t exactly know where Ballochmyle was. I’d been alerted to it recently by several Top 100 Scottish panelists who ran...

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Camberley Heath 18/07/2017

19th Surrey - Best in Area 84th England Ranking
I played Camberley Heath last week with absolutely no expectations whatsoever and was absolutely blown away by the front nine. Granted, the inward half – which is routed...

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West Surrey 18/07/2017

22nd Surrey - Best in Area
Architect Ken Moodie was appointed to upgrade the West Surrey course in 2016 and he’s made an impressive start, completing the first phase of a 5-year programme with the...

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West Hill 18/07/2017

12th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 81st Britain & Ireland Ranking
I think the comment from an earlier reviewer should be borne in mind when comparing West Hill to near neighbours Woking and Worplesdon: “I don’t spend hours thinking abou...

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Worplesdon 18/07/2017

9th Surrey - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
What a delight – Worplesdon in the morning followed by West Hill in afternoon! How good can a day’s golf get? I thought the opening loop of four holes was a terrific “war...

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The Addington 18/07/2017

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The course gets off to a bit of a slow start. I didn’t have a problem with the uphill, par three 1st, played to a two-tiered green with a big back to front tilt – if anyt...

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