The landscape on the west side of Scotland is characterised by long, wooded peninsulas and small islands and Argyle and Bute covers a windswept area that stretches from Ballachulish in the north to Southend at the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre. It’s here that you’ll find over two dozen courses affiliated to the Argyle and Bute Golf Union, many of them charming little 9-hole tracks, where green fees are left in an honesty box placed near the first tee and golf is played out over moorland fairways that lead to little bunkerless greens.
It’s only fitting that such a romantic region should be the setting for two of the finest courses in the entire golfing world. Machrie is an old Willie Campbell design on the island of Islay and a constant stream of links lovers make the pilgrimage to play this venerable old links. Old Tom Morris’s Machrihanish, although slightly more accessible, still requires considerable effort to get to but for those who do tee it up here, the golfing reward is immeasurable.