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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Neguri 09/04/2018

3rd Northern Spain - Best in Area 14th Spain Ranking 77th Continental Europe Ranking
It’s easy to discern the somewhat understated elegance of Neguri’s course at La Galea, where the club has been in residence since the mid-1950s. I thought the course woul...

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Izki (Urturi) 09/04/2018

22nd Northern Spain - Best in Area 93rd Spain Ranking
The holes at Izki are carved from dense woodland but good fairway width means it never feels as though the trees are too restrictive. Indeed, the holes are routed such t...

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Costa Navarino (Bay) 04/12/2017

2nd Greek Mainland - Best in Area 2nd Greece Ranking
I got a chance to play the course two days running, nine holes one day then nine the next day, using the routing that will eventually become the recognized front and back...

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Grad Otocec 03/10/2017

2nd Slovenia Ranking
The course at Grad Otočec lies a mere hour’s drive south of the capital. After you leave the main highway, you cross a couple of old wooden bridges, taking you onto then...

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Royal Bled (King's) 03/10/2017

1st Slovenia Ranking 95th Continental Europe Ranking
The King’s course is one of Europe’s more revered golfing layouts, dating back to the 1930s and an age when the sport was played by diplomats, foreign ambassadors and oth...

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Diners CUBO 01/10/2017

5th Slovenia Ranking
The course at Diners was something of a disappointment after earlier visiting Arboretum, which is a far superior layout located half an hour’s drive away. There’s a defin...

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Ptuj 01/10/2017

4th Slovenia Ranking
The landscape for many kilometres around the course at Ptuj is totally flat, so it’s quite amazing to find subtle movement of any description in the terrain here. Organiz...

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Arboretum 01/10/2017

3rd Slovenia Ranking
Driving to the course past kilometres of flat, open fields, there’s nothing to warn you of the rolling terrain that lies ahead on the Arboretum course. It’s a brilliant s...

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Bratislava (Black River) 28/09/2017

Gem Slovakia - Best in Area
Never have first impressions on arrival at a golf course turned out to be so wrong! The magnificence of the Theresia Chateau (which serves as the clubhouse) gives every i...

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Gray Bear - Tále 27/09/2017

3rd Slovakia Ranking
If it’s mountain golf you’re after then look no further than Gray Bear in Tale. The course is located within Bystrianska Valley on the southern side of the Low Tatras, do...

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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 59th 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

1st Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 12th Scotland Ranking 27th Britain & Ireland Ranking 81st World Ranking
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

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 61st 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 36th 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 74th 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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