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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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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Great Northern 31/08/2017

2nd Denmark Ranking 33rd 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

16th 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

32nd 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

16th Lothians - Best in Area 84th 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

6th 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

19th 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

18th Surrey - Best in Area 80th 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

10th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th 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 31st England Ranking 75th 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

16th Surrey - Best in Area 58th England 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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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

17th North Scotland - Best in Area
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

22nd 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 88th 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 14th 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

7th Netherlands Ranking 32nd 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

9th Netherlands Ranking 78th 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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