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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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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Bonnyton 23/06/2018

6th Renfrewshire - Best in Area
Bonnyton’s a great little moorland track, perched high above Glasgow on the south side of the city. It’s one of a very select number of Scottish layouts designed by Alist...

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Sand Valley 05/06/2018

1st Poland Ranking
I remember reading the story about Sand Valley’s painful birth in one of Paul Daley’s “Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective” books four or five years ago and wonder...

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Postolowo - Gdansk 05/06/2018

2nd Poland Ranking
The course at Postolowo was the last of four layouts in the Gdansk region that I played recently and for me it was the best. It gets off to a solid start on the opening t...

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Sierra 05/06/2018

7th Poland Ranking
The last time I played a course with such a dazzling array of flowering shrubs, bushes and trees around the tee boxes and lining the fairways was at Tecina in La Gomera....

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Mazury 05/06/2018

9th Poland Ranking
The Mazury course was a new entry in the Top 10 for Poland when it was re-ranked six months ago so I thought it was worth a visit as I was staying not too far away on a r...

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Beveren 05/06/2018

Gem Belgium - Best in Area
After visiting a couple of Royal courses and an impressive 36-hole venue during a short visit to Flanders, I didn’t really expect too much from a little 9-hole track buil...

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Oudenaarde (Kasteel) 05/06/2018

24th Belgium Ranking
What a lovely location for a golf course – or two courses, actually, as Oudenaarde boasts two 18-hole layouts, the Kasteel and the Anker. Situated in the heart of the Fle...

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Royal Limburg 05/06/2018

7th Belgium Ranking 88th Continental Europe Ranking
I’m surprised there have only ever been three reviews for this course. It’s easily one of the best courses in Europe and I don’t understand why more people haven’t writte...

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Lisbon Sports Club 14/05/2018

18th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area
Having been to Oporto, Miramar and Estoril in the past to soak up the atmosphere at these old golf clubs, Lisbon Sports Club was the last of the four pillars of Portugues...

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Ribagolfe (1) 12/05/2018

9th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 29th Portugal Ranking
The 36-hole Ribagolfe facility is located an hour’s drive from Lisbon, with both 18-hole courses laid out across one third of a large estate that’s mainly covered in caro...

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Aroeira 1 12/05/2018

8th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 22nd Portugal Ranking
The Aroeira estate is an Orizonte Lisbon Golf facility located just over ten kilometres as the crow flies from another Orizonte course at Quinta do Peru, where I played t...

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Quinta do Peru 12/05/2018

6th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 16th Portugal Ranking
Some might make the big mistake of looking at where this course is ranked in the Top 100 Lisbon and Centre listings then subconsciously disregard it because it occupies a...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 10/05/2018

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking
I returned to the Mussenden course the other day to have a look at the renovation that took place over the winter. With Martin Hawtree as the architect and Esie O’Mahony...

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Sojeula 15/04/2018

13th Northern Spain - Best in Area
Sojuela is a rather hilly layout so a buggy is probably advisable, though I did manage to prove it could be walked. Standing on the first tee, you can sense you’re in for...

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Rioja Alta 11/04/2018

9th Northern Spain - Best in Area
The 18-hole layout at Rioja Alta is one of three good courses located close to the city of Logroño. If you were visiting the area with your clubs in tow then you’d really...

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