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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Reigate Heath 18/07/2017

27th Surrey - Best in Area
I don’t think I’ve ever been handed two cards in the pro shop before playing a course: one to mark my score and one explaining “course etiquette and health & safety”. Bec...

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Elgin 06/07/2017

14th North Scotland - Best in Area 96th Scotland Ranking
I can’t believe it’s almost nine years since I last played at Elgin but, because it’s a course I remember fondly from my previous visit, I was delighted to pay it a retur...

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Forres 06/07/2017

17th North Scotland - Best in Area
The steeply downhill short par four 1st gets the round off to a spectacular start at Forres, with the fairway playing to a pronounced two-tiered green. The next couple of...

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Moray (Old) 06/07/2017

5th North Scotland - Best in Area 28th Scotland Ranking 92nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I suppose the Old course at Moray gets overlooked by many of the visiting golfers who arrive in the local area to play the headline tracks at nearby Dornoch, Brora, Castl...

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Kennemer 24/06/2017

3rd Netherlands Ranking 12th Continental Europe Ranking
I can’t remember looking at a course webpage on this site with so many reviews offering a hole by hole critique of the layout! Some reviewers also seem to gain additional...

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Hilversumsche 24/06/2017

6th Netherlands Ranking 34th Continental Europe Ranking
Hilversumsche, along with Eindhovensche, were two surprise packages when I visited them last week because I didn’t think either course would come close to what I’d found...

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Lage Vuursche 24/06/2017

8th Netherlands Ranking 72nd Continental Europe Ranking
I can understand why upwardly mobile golfers would want to become a member at Lage Vuursche as it offers an upmarket golf experience with a well-appointed clubhouse and w...

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Eindhovensche 24/06/2017

5th Netherlands Ranking 29th Continental Europe Ranking
To say I’m shocked to be only the third person in ten years to review this course (and the first since 2011) is a gross understatement – how can it be possible that not a...

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Swinkelsche (Championship) 24/06/2017

14th Netherlands Ranking
Located around half an hour’s drive south east of Eindhoven city centre, the new golf facility at Swinkelsche lies within a pretty flat farming landscape so immense credi...

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Utrecht de Pan 24/06/2017

2nd Netherlands Ranking 3rd Continental Europe Ranking 100th World Ranking
I remember looking at this course on the internet at least eight years ago when there was very little information about it on the club’s website (if they even had one bac...

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Noordwijkse 24/06/2017

4th Netherlands Ranking 17th Continental Europe Ranking
Noordwijkse was the first of eight courses that I played last week on a short visit to the Netherlands and it established a very high standard for the trip. I can underst...

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Hencse National 20/06/2017

5th Hungary Ranking
Hencse National has endured some turbulent times since it first opened in 1994. Owner Paul Banhidy might be considered a touch on the eccentric side but there’s no denyin...

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Balaton 20/06/2017

2nd Hungary Ranking
There’s a certain rustic charm attached to the course at Balaton Golf which really endeared it to me. The fairways are set out on the slopes of Lake Balaton’s northern sh...

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Old Lake 20/06/2017

4th Hungary Ranking
The Old Lake course surprised me. Located just off the main highway between Budapest and Vienna, it’s set close to the southern shores of Öreg-tó (which translates as “Ol...

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Pannonia 20/06/2017

3rd Hungary Ranking
Where to start with Pannonia? The old clubhouse is an absolute delight – a long, elegant building that was used in the past for agricultural purposes, as far as I’m aware...

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Zala Springs 20/06/2017

1st Hungary Ranking
I hear there were 5,000 rounds played here in 2016 during the course’s first full 12-months in operation and that figure is set to almost double this year. With several c...

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Rio Real 02/04/2017

17th Southern Spain - Best in Area 38th Spain Ranking
I fell in love with this little beauty during my recent trip to Marbella. She played hard to get (it took me three attempts over three days to get out on the course – lon...

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Guadalmina (Sur) 02/04/2017

24th Southern Spain - Best in Area 53rd Spain Ranking
My first impressions on arrival at Real Club de Golf Guadalmina weren’t great because the car park opposite the clubhouse was being resurfaced and it was absolute chaos t...

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