Jim Brady

I grew up with the 2nd green of the Bartlett Country Club in Olean, NY in my backyard. Caddied as a youngster and played on Mondays and was fortunate to get a junior membership at 14. Watered the greens and worked on the course through college and learned to appreciate a well-kept layout.

Played four years at Glenville State in West Virginia in the late 70's with the team winning three WVIAC Championships. Played on championship courses in all conditions at that time mostly in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Also played challenging layouts in Texas, Michigan, and North Carolina in the NAIA Championship.

After college moved to Virginia and had a job where I visited nearly every US state and the clubs tagged along many of the trips. Played many excellent courses and others that just happened to be where I was. Always have enjoyed playing no matter where. Every course is unique in its own way.

Now live back in Olean with the Bartlett in my front yard. Was on the green committee for about 12 years. Still enjoy playing the well-kept layout I grew up working at and playing on, and the friendly matches. Play in some tournaments with the youngsters and have been playing some senior events that are certainly very competitive. Have more recently enjoyed playing excellent links in Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands.

My favorite course in the US is Augusta, as I have never seen a place so close to perfection in all ways. In Europe my favorite course is Prestwick as it is the Birthplace of the Open – the start of all the great competitions all over the world. Besides playing my home course would probably want to play The European Club on a daily basis.

Like reading and writing reviews for the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World UK. Wherever I have gone it has helped me find great courses to play.

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Lundin 18/08/2016

5th Fife - Best in Area 31st Scotland Ranking
Lundin was the first links played on a golf trip during The Open week and was a pleasure to play the Old Tom Morris/James Braid design. The 6,371 yard par 71 links was i...

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Pasatiempo 08/06/2016

8th California - Best in Area 50th USA Ranking 56th North America Ranking
Thank you Pasatiempo for opening your Dr. Alister MacKenzie Design to the public. Had to play this course that was the inspiration for Bobby Jones to ask Dr. Mackenzie t...

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Pacific Grove 24/05/2016

57th California - Best in Area
Played Pacific Grove three times last week while visiting the Monterey area. The links is located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the location by the picturesqu...

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Ardglass 18/08/2015

2nd Down - Best in Area 8th Northern Ireland Ranking
The scorecard says "Stunningly Natural Naturally Stunning". After playing Ardglass during the afternoon on Sunday July 26th with my son, the views were strikingly impress...

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Country Club of Buffalo 09/06/2015

29th New York - Best in Area
The Country Club of Buffalo was established on February 11, 1889 and has been very instrumental in the history of "The Queen City" and early golf in the United States. Po...

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Reserva Conchal 02/04/2015

2nd Costa Rica Ranking
Played Reserva Conchal Golf Club the last week of March on a five day unlimited golf/practice package. Played here last year and enjoyed it so much had to go back again....

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Royal Dublin 04/08/2014

4th Dublin - Best in Area 27th Ireland Ranking
Played The Royal Dublin Golf Club on July 20th in the late afternoon. The links is a par 72 that measures 7,297 yards from the blue tees to 6,488 yards from the yellow te...

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County Louth 30/07/2014

1st Louth - Best in Area 10th Ireland Ranking 57th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played County Louth Golf Club on July 19th in the late afternoon. The links is a par 72 that measures 7,031 from the blue tees to 6,338 from the green tees. It was the fi...

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World Woods (Rolling Oaks) 06/05/2014

42nd Florida - Best in Area
Played Rolling Oaks last week and Pine Barrens the next 2 days in the late afternoon. The practice facilities are awesome and World Woods is a golfers paradise that desig...

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World Woods (Pine Barrens) 06/05/2014

12th Florida - Best in Area
Played Pine Barrens last Saturday and Sunday in the late afternoon after playing Rolling Oaks on Friday. The Future Collegians World Tour conducted a tourney for 11-19 ye...

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Reserva Conchal 06/04/2014

2nd Costa Rica Ranking
Played Reserva Conchal Golf Club using a 5 day unlimited golf card the last week of March. The weather was absolutely perfect from sunrise to sunset every day. Throw in t...

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Musselburgh (Old) 05/08/2013

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Played Musselburgh on July 14th with my son on a warm sunny evening after watching a practice round for the Open Championship at Muirfield. On the second tee there is a p...

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Prestwick 22/07/2013

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 16th Scotland Ranking 38th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played Prestwick on July 11 and July 13 with my son Scott. On this trip also played Kilspindie, North Berwick (West Links), Carnoustie(Championship), Turnberry (Aisla), a...

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