Dunaverty really is the most delightful location to enjoy a relaxed round of golf. Beautiful seaside views across sandy beaches are met with a distinctive set of golf holes that come with rectangular shaped greens located in dips and hollows. To plagiarise the words of Jim McCann in his review below, the description of this golf course being unpretentious captures the essence of Dunaverty perfectly. There’s a lovely rise and fall to the land and whilst those rectangular shaped greens are simple and rudimentary, they complement the land perfectly upon which the course was laid.
Dunaverty is at the other end of the golfing spectrum from its championship counterparts. At a mere 4,800 yards, it can’t test all of the clubs in the bag, so a half-set will be all you need. If you’ve fine-tuned your game before visiting, there are plenty of birdie opportunities available, so on leaving Dunaverty you may be lured into the false sense of security thinking your golf is in better shape than it really is.
After two fairly featureless get-away holes, the course really starts with the beautiful view out to the beach and the rocky outcrop at the 3rd tee. What follows are a combination of blind shots, undulating fairways, half-par holes, pot bunkers, micro-undulations and dell greens. There is also an amazing vista to enjoy from 11th tee that is a spot to stop and savour if visiting on a clear day like I did.
I want to be careful not to over-analyse Dunaverty, just come here and have fun. It’s a place you can zip around pretty quickly and is the perfect little bolt-on to the trip if you’re going to be making the effort to drive all of this way to play the Machrihanish courses.
Date: October 16, 2020