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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Eindhoven 24/06/2017

4th Netherlands Ranking 23rd 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

17th 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 86th 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

6th Netherlands Ranking 26th 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

3rd 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

5th 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

16th Southern Spain - Best in Area 37th 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

25th Southern Spain - Best in Area 57th 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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Aloha 02/04/2017

9th Southern Spain - Best in Area 24th Spain Ranking
Aloha was the first place I visited on a quick 6-course tour last week and it set a very high benchmark for the others to follow. Located in Golf Valley, Nueva Andalucía...

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Los Naranjos 02/04/2017

27th Southern Spain - Best in Area 59th Spain Ranking
Having just played at Sotogrande and Las Brisas, it was probably unfair of me to visit Los Naranjos and compare it to those earlier Robert Trent Jones courses because, fr...

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Real Las Brisas 02/04/2017

5th Southern Spain - Best in Area 6th Spain Ranking 24th Continental Europe Ranking
It was a privilege to attend the European Institute of Golf Course Architects annual conference last week in Puerto Banus to hear architect Kyle Phillips and General Mana...

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Real Sotogrande 02/04/2017

3rd Southern Spain - Best in Area 3rd Spain Ranking 9th Continental Europe Ranking
As it was the first European design of Robert Trent Jones back in the mid-1960s, Sotogrande enjoys an undeniable architectural significance. The course is laid out on a m...

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Cornelia (Prince) 12/02/2017

2nd Turkey Ranking 61st Continental Europe Ranking
Cornelia was the last of nine courses that I visited on my recent golfing tour of the Belek region and it was the one that (pleasantly) surprised me most of all with the...

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Antalya (PGA Sultan) 12/02/2017

3rd Turkey Ranking 70th Continental Europe Ranking
I was taken aback a few months ago when I saw that Turkey occupied six of the top thirteen places in Golf World’s inaugural Top 100 Golf Resorts of Continental Europe lis...

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Antalya (Pasha) 12/02/2017

8th Turkey Ranking
The Pasha plays second fiddle to the PGA Sultan at an upscale 36-hole establishment but there’s absolutely no shame in that support role because this shorter course was c...

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