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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Muirfield 10/12/2009

1st Lothians - Best in Area 4th Scotland Ranking 6th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking
I returned for the third time to play here today as one of four golfers enjoying a special SGU tee time at a discounted rate – hats off to the club for helping to support...

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Western Gailes 24/02/2011

3rd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 37th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I know that Top100 appraisals should only focus on the course being reviewed but, really, to write about this place without mentioning the club and the atmosphere in the...

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Machrie 11/09/2017

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 61st Britain & Ireland Ranking
I looked ahead to my visit to Islay last week with a degree of trepidation – would the new Machrie be so radically different to the old course that I wouldn’t like it? I’...

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Ardfin 11/09/2017

1st Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 12th Scotland Ranking 27th Britain & Ireland Ranking 81st World Ranking
Almost exactly a year after I last visited the new Ardfin course on the isle of Jura (to read the story click here), I returned last week with a couple of other members f...

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Berkshire (Red) 03/04/2008

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
One of the most pleasant golfing experiences I’ve had in the last 12 months has been found half an hour’s driving time (on a good day!) from Heathrow airport. Passing thr...

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Berkshire (Blue) 03/04/2008

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area 36th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to play the knee-trembling first hole on the Blue course as both it and the second hole were closed for what appeared to be quite ex...

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Monte Rei (North) 04/12/2012

1st Algarve - Best in Area 1st Portugal Ranking 9th Continental Europe Ranking
The North course at Monte Rei is a little removed from the main Algarve golf scene - situated as it is to the east of Faro, near the Spanish border - but don’t let the re...

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Elie 06/06/2009

7th Fife - Best in Area 35th Scotland Ranking
I returned today to play in yet another Earlsferry Thistle GC John Smith/ James Braid Gents Open and – despite the heavy showers throughout the opening nine holes – loved...

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Carne (Kilmore) 30/10/2014

4th Mayo - Best in Area
Five years ago, when I was last in Belmullet, there was talk of a new nine being laid out by American architect Jim Engh among the towering dunes adjacent to the existing...

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Duke's St Andrews 18/05/2011

6th Fife - Best in Area 33rd Scotland Ranking
Often you return to play a course that you loved first time around and you leave wondering what all the fuss had been about. Occasionally, you will be so glad you came ba...

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Renaissance Club 10/07/2015

4th Lothians - Best in Area 22nd Scotland Ranking 62nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
A couple of days ago, seven years after I first played here, I stepped back onto the 1st tee at Renaissance Club. Back then, in 2008, there was no clubhouse or other acco...

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