The southernmost corner of Kintyre, the long isthmus that hangs down the west coast of Scotland, is not the most accessible of places but for many years golfers in the know have been making pilgrimage to this remote location for just one reason – to play Machrihanish.
From its daunting opening tee shot, over a bay to a fairway that runs right to left and away from you, so you have to decide just how much you want to bite off, the challenge is stiff but fair.
All of the great features of links golf – sandhills and dunes, pot bunkers that invariably cost you a stroke, undulations, mounds and hollows, along with fast and true greens, are here in abundance.
There are some blind shots but they just make you want to come back and play again, now that you know where you’re going. Our only criticism would be the 18th, a weak, rather featureless hole that is there simply to provide a route back to the clubhouse.
The 18 hole course is set amidst the rising and falling sand dunes and is renowned as one of the best 100 golf courses outside the USA, and certainly one of the best links golf courses in Great Britain.
The course has had several design alterations over the years, from well respected professional players including none other than the four times open championship winner Tom Morris of St. Andrews.
The course length is a generous 6,225 yeards in total. Measuring 3,101 yards and featuring eight par 4's and a single par 3 on the inward nine, and the outward nine measuring 3,124 yards and featuring two par 5's just over 500 yards each and three par 3's.
The 18 hole course here features some of the most 'natural' golfing ground you will find anywhere in the world, with the course completely natural with no man made structures, mounds or hazards that werent already in place.
In May 1990, and 2000 the club hosted the Scottish Ladies' Amateur Championship and the Scottish Boys Amateur Championship in 2004 concreting it as one of the UK's best links golf courses.
£62.00 (Jnr £31.00)
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