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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Prestwick 22/07/2013

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 35th 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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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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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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County Louth 30/07/2014

1st Louth - Best in Area 10th Ireland Ranking 54th 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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Utrecht de Pan 14/05/2012

2nd Netherlands Ranking 3rd Continental Europe Ranking 100th World Ranking
Played De Pan on Tuesday May 8th at noon from the back tees. This was the first course I played on my four course golf trip to the Netherlands. Played Koninklijke Haagsch...

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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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Noordwijkse 17/05/2012

4th Netherlands Ranking 17th Continental Europe Ranking
Played Nordwijkse Golfclub on Thursday May 10th at 1:40 PM from the back tees with David Davis, Top 100 Benelux correspondent. This was my third golf club played in my fo...

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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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Kennemer 19/05/2012

3rd Netherlands Ranking 12th Continental Europe Ranking
Played 27 holes at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club on Friday May 11th at 10:00 AM from the back tees. These were my final holes in a 4 day golfing trip in the Netherla...

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