Review for Machrie

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When you play this course you cant help but have a feeling of nostalgia and romance. My playing partners and I certainly felt this, or maybe it was the Lagavulin and isaly ale!Many will not enjoy the Massive dunes that you need carry off the tee and also when hitting approach shots. An element of chance/luck is involved with these blind shots, however, it adds to the fun and certainly tests your technique. Whilst the setting, atmosphere and history cannot be beaten the course itself is a mixed bag. The first 3 holes were a disappointment and had me worried that most reviews were purely from a nostalgic perspective rather than a golfing one. After that the course comes into its own and has some wonderful holes. 6,7,8, 11,13,14 and 15 are excellent. A couple of bland par 3's and a average closing stretch the only let downs. I played the course on a relatively calm sunny spring day for £35 and easily played to my handicap. On a windy day or for someone who struggles from the tee I can imagine the course would be fairly brutal!The hotel and cottages are closed indefinitely due to a water supply problem and in any case they looked run down and in need of major investment. I was quite surprised with how poor they looked after reading some of the comments on here. 3 of the greens were damaged due to sea water encroaching on the course, however, should be fine for May. The course itself is conditioned well enough just don't expect too much. The greens (bar the damaged ones) were firm, true and consistent.A good course with a number of excellent holes in a setting/location that is hard to match.

Date: April 05, 2012

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