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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Aloha 02/04/2017

12th Southern Spain - Best in Area 27th 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

26th Southern Spain - Best in Area 57th 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 37th 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

2nd Southern Spain - Best in Area 3rd Spain Ranking 10th 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 59th 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

4th Turkey Ranking 78th 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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Gloria (Old) 06/02/2017

9th Turkey Ranking
I’m surprised to see the Old course at Gloria sitting higher in the national rankings than the New – for me, the New course is easily the better 18-layout – in fact, I en...

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Gloria (New) 06/02/2017

10th Turkey Ranking
Having stayed a few days at the Serenity Resort during the recent PGAs of Europe Annual Congress, I was only too aware of the quality of Gloria’s off-course facilities. T...

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Lykia Links 06/02/2017

3rd Turkey Ranking 70th Continental Europe Ranking
I’ve just had a look at some of the previous reviews for this course and I’m glad to see there are a couple of recent 3-ball marks from golfers who might agree with me wh...

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Carya 06/02/2017

1st Turkey Ranking 40th Continental Europe Ranking
This was the first course I had a look at on a recent visit to Belek. I’d heard a lot about the region beforehand but I wasn’t really prepared for either the scale or the...

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Boat of Garten 14/10/2016

8th North Scotland - Best in Area 41st Scotland Ranking
I finished off my short tour “up north” last week with a game at the Boat and was so glad that I concluded my sojourn north on a real high. Playing here in early October...

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Forres 14/10/2016

17th North Scotland - Best in Area
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Forres but, for certain, I didn’t anticipate the big dipper start to the round, with severely undulating fairways pitching and rolling bet...

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Buckpool 14/10/2016

20th North East Scotland - Best in Area
There’s a homespun feel to Buckpool Golf Sports & Social Club (to give it the full title from the club’s logo) and it looks like it doubles up as a community centre/socia...

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Turriff 14/10/2016

19th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Local rule number 8 on the scorecard refers to OVERHEAD POWER LINES at holes 3, 8 and 14-16 (where golfers must replay their shot if their ball strikes the poles, lines o...

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Kemnay 13/10/2016

17th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I’d been tipped the wink in advance by an Aberdeenshire professional that Kemnay was a decent track and so it turned out to be, with the par five 2nd doglegging down and...

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Portlethen 13/10/2016

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Laid out as two returning nines, Portlethen’s a modern track that ticks the boxes for many golfers in terms of appeal and challenge, epitomized by the water hazards that...

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Peterculter 13/10/2016

18th North East Scotland - Best in Area
There was still evidence of the damage that Storm Frank had caused on Deeside at the end of 2015 with the bridge over the burn at the 4th, next to the river, being recons...

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Banchory 13/10/2016

13th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Short, but sweet is how I would sum up Banchory. It’s a really tidy little track that sports a terrific six-pack of par threes and you’ll not play such a variety of one-s...

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