Argyll & Bute

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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.

Our Argyll & Bute Best in Region rankings were last updated in July 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Argyll & Bute

Machrihanish (Championship)

1st Argyll & Bute - Best in Area

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...

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Machrie

2nd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area

The refurbished Machrie golf course reopened for play in May 2017 and it's now geared up to handle visitors long into the future... the 48-bedroomed hotel opened in 2018.

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Machrihanish Dunes

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area

Machrihanish Dunes was the vision of Australian tycoon Brian Keating. Only a small fraction of this 270-acre property was disturbed by architect David McLay Kidd and associate Paul Kimber when they laid out the golf course.

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Dunaverty

4th Argyll & Bute - Best in Area

Dunaverty Golf Club is situated at the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula and this charming little course measures less than 4,800 yards from the medal tees on a scorecard that includes seven par threes.

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Millport

5th Argyll & Bute - Best in Area

Millport Golf Club sits above the town of Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae and golfers use the very frequent short ferry service to and from Largs on the mainland to play here.

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Glencruitten

Gem Scotland - Best in Area

Glencruitten Golf Club is located at the "Gateway to the Islands" and it’s a James Braid gem nestled among the hills of the Glencruitten Estate.

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Ardfin

Gem Scotland - Best in Area

Occupying a mainly cliff top location on either side of Jura House, the Ardfin Estate golf course is routed across a rugged landscape of peat and rocks...

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