Machrihanish (Championship) - Argyll & Bute - Scotland

Machrihanish Golf Club,
Machrihanish,
Campbeltown,
Argyll,
PA28 6PT,
Scotland


  • +44 (0)1586 810213

  • Margaret Wylie

  • Charles Hunter, Old Tom Morris, J. H. Taylor, Guy Campbell

  • Jennie Dunn

The small village of Machrihanish is situated on the western side of the remote Kintyre Peninsula; this is where the sky is big, the sunsets are dramatic and the air has been warmed by the Gulf Stream. Nearby Campbeltown was once the whisky capital of the world, but today only the Springbank distillery remains in full operation.

In 1876, the Kintyre Golf Club was founded; and in November of that year, Charles Hunter, the Prestwick professional, rearranged the course and extended it to twelve holes. Old Tom Morris then left his stamp on the links in 1879. The members felt that Kintyre was too ordinary a name for such a special golf course, so they changed it to the resonant Machrihanish in 1888.

The course was modified again in 1914 by J.H. Taylor and Sir Guy Campbell made further alterations when several holes around the turn were lost due to development work at the Campbeltown airport site next door.

This links must be one of the most natural, romantic and most enjoyable places to play golf in the whole of the British Isles. It’s not long, grand or a championship course, but it is sheer fun. It’s got an outstanding front nine and a thrilling start. The first, called “Battery”, is one of the best opening holes in golf, a teasing 423-yard par four with an elevated tee on the edge of the shore. The fairway hugs the beach and we must drive diagonally across it. How heroic can we afford to be with our very first tee shot? The beach is in play, not out-of bounds. But dare we play our second shot from amongst the seashells?

Machrihanish is not just about one great opening hole – the front nine is exceptional and the entire experience is magical. The greens are firm, fast, true and are positioned in the most varied of locations. Some are sunk in punchbowls whilst others are on a raised plateau or flattened dune tops. There are blind tee shots, fabulous sea views, undulating rippling fairways and exciting rugged dunes.

You have to make an extra special effort to get to Machrihanish, but it is worth it. The welcome is extraordinarily friendly and the golf is extraordinary. Expect to leave this place with a broad smile on your face... additionally, the results of a Top 100 survey suggest that Machrihanish is one of the best value golf courses in Britain..

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Description: Machrihanish Golf Club must be one of the most natural, romantic and enjoyable places to play golf in the whole of the British Isles. It’s not long, but it's sheer fun... Rating: 5.4 out of 6 Reviews: 44

have been going to this course on a semi annual basis for the last 12 years and can honestly say that it is without doubt my number one golfing pleasure. The reason is simply that the course never plays the same way on consecutive rounds, the weather constantly changes and therefore strategy is the key.As an example, my friends & I played last weekend sept 11th and we hit 5/6 irons into the par 3 11th hole 197 yds, following day one of our fourball holed in one, but this time with a 3 wood. The views are staggering and I sincerly doubt that there is anywhere else in Scotland to match the vistas across to Islay, Jura & Gigha, the locals warn you though that if you can see these islands that it is about to rain and if you can't then it is already raining. Lastly the condition of the course both greens and fairways is just superb and I echo the other comments about the welcome and the friendliness of the clubhouse.Dont just take my word for it, go play this course, meet the wonderful people there, then you too will want to visit it time and time again
5 / 6
Machrihanish (Championship)
November 09, 2005


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Surely one of the hidden gems on the west coast of Scotland. The 5 hour drive from our home in Thornhill passes quickly as we think of the opening shot over the sea at the 1st hole. Very few could argue that it is the best opening hole in the world. The varying wind direction ensures that each hole rarely plays the same and together with the positioning of the bunkers determines which club should be used of the tee. Although a long journey this course is well worth a visit and the friendliness of the staff and members will make it a memorable visit.
5 / 6
Machrihanish (Championship)
September 23, 2005


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Played in one of the many Satuday Opens run by the club in August 2002 on a lovely warm day. Well worth the six hour round trip by road from Glasgow (though you can fly to and from nearby Campbeltown on the same day). Found it a very fair course with not too many blind shots. Kept thinking they could have built another course within the acreage they used as there's plenty of land to spare amongst the dunes.You get a feeling of stepping back in time to when golf was a simple, uncomplicated game (and yardage markers were something you would never dream of having on land like this!). And what a great little clubhouse. They had a big urn of home made soup for lunch and a tidy three course meal at teatime - excellent! This playing experience is worth every minute of the full day needed to savour its delights. James McCann
5 / 6
Machrihanish (Championship)
January 19, 2005


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What an absolute gem of a course. Surely Machrihanish would be in the top 20 if it wasn’t for the extremely remote location. It took us nearly six hours to drive here from Glasgow! Whatever you do, make sure you set two days aside for this corking crackerjack of a course. I’ve been lucky enough to play some 50 of the top 100 and for me this is Scotland’s best course. The site is truly magnificent and it has an overwhelming feeling of space for an old fashioned links…there’s loads of spare land and great looking dunes around, seemingly enough for another course and boy would that be a special course. Anyway, it’s doubtful that I could play a more enjoyable track, I simply loved it here and if I had my own private helicopter I’d become a member of this delightful links at the tip of the world…Wow!
6 / 6
Machrihanish (Championship)
January 17, 2005


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