The Machrihanish Golf Club has become well known in recent years especially for the Championship Course’s exceptional first hole which requires the round’s opening shot to carry the Atlantic. “It can be a tough start, particularly into a breeze”.
The Machrihanish Golf Club is a classic Scottish links course situated in Machrihanish at the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre. The main course, with views of the western seaboard including the Paps of Jura and Ireland, was ranked the No. 39 course outside of the United States by Golf Digest in 2005. In particular, the first hole is often rated as one of the best opening holes in the world.
The golf club was founded in 1876 as the Kintyre Golf Club. The course had ten holes before the club officially existed, and was quickly expanded to 12. In 1879, Old Tom Morris was brought in to redesign and expand the course to the full 18 holes, including today’s first hole. J.H. Taylor made some modifications in 1914, and in the 1940s Sir Guy Campbell brought the course to its current configuration. The club also has a shorter 9-hole golf course, and separate men’s and women’s clubhouses. It has hosted the Scottish Ladies Championship on several occasions.
Set hard against the Atlantic Ocean on Scotland’s west coast, the award-winning Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views and a majestic dunescape with the neighboring Machrihanish Golf Club, a world-top-100 course laid out in 1879 by Old Tom Morris himself. More than 100 years later, renowned present-day golf course architect, David McLay Kidd, realized a longstanding dream to build a second course and added to the number of Scottish links golf courses at Machrihanish Dunes. This “new” course, situated on pristine linksland protected by the Scottish government, offers you a rare opportunity to create and craft golf shots just as the men of Scotland did centuries ago, when they conceived the game, brought it to birth – and gave it to the world. Machrihanish Dunes encourages thought, creativity and imagination. For the golfer who accepts the invitation and the challenge, the reward is a truly unforgettable experience.