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Our Score

9.3

 

Your Score

9.2

 

Machrihanish Golf Club

Machrihanish, Argyll And Bute, Scotland

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A Superb Links Challenge In An Adyllic Location

Machrihanish lies at the south-west of Kintyre, the most south-westerly region of Argyll in Scotland. A four hour scenic drive from Glasgow along coastal and loch side roads will eventually lead you to this small Scottish village.

Machrihanish Golf Club was established in 1867 making it one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, a course that was sculpted by Old Tom Morris during it's early years. It's our home course, but once you've played it you'll understand why we're so enthusiastic about it.

The club setting is delightful and on arrival you know that you are about to play something special. The waves break on the beach as you drive in, the stunning red roofed buildings lined up along your left and the clubhouse looks across to the first tee. The true links championship style course runs adjacent to Machrihanish bay, a 3 mile long beach which is your first test as you release your opening tee shot hopefully clean and with a draw left to make the opening hole just a little bit easier, put it too straight, fade or slice and it makes the opening hole long. This first par four hole sets the standard for the round.

The second hole presents you with a wide burn running along at average driver distance so knowing where any wind is coming from is important, hit up to the blind green and putt out before moving to the third and releasing a mighty drive over the 16th green. It's an ok hole, easily manageable in two with a long club and a short iron.

Over the hill and you're presented with the an iconic green and view, the best of any we have played so far, an undulating fairway leading to a long well shaped green surrounded by five bunkers perfectly crafted in the natural contours of the links, with the isle of Jura visible in the background directly behind the flag, it's a magical view.

Easily reachable in two with a short iron completing the third, the fourth is a pitch affair with a short iron, better to be long than short to avoid any of the hazards at this postage stamp green.

The fifth dogleg's left, leaving your second short can create an unnecessarily difficult shot, and its better to be right than left.

The sixth is a drivable par 4 for big hitters with a good sized green, the seventh a long par 4 stroke index 2 playing blind to the green. The eighth is a slight left curve to an elevated green, small enough to be tricky to hit in the wind. The ninth is a standard distance par 4 again reachable with a short iron.

The back nine lengthens somewhat, starting with a par 5, leaving the opening tee shot short leaves a blind second. The eleventh presents a 200+ yard par 3 with a thin but long green, hazards to the left and right. The twelfth is the second of the two par fives, reaching the green in two is possible for big hitters, wind assisted shots, or just those that are brave to take on the hilly rough to the right and the hollow with a bunker at the front.

The thirteenth is an average length par 4 with almost a two tier green, leaving your iron shot short makes a difficult putt. The foureenth is is a long par four with a good wide fairway followed by a short par three which can play havoc with club selection in high winds as it's so open and elevated. The sixteenth is a long part three, definitely a wood for 90% of golfers from the competition tee but there is plenty of room to play with. The elevated seventeenth tee presents out of bounds to the left, but plenty of room to the right so aim out right if you have a tendency to hook, the par 4 is a reasonable length and plays long wind against sometimes its a two wood selection. Finally the eighteenth, after 17 holes of tough and varied golf it's somewhat of an anti-climax but does allow you to relax and enjoy the walk in without too much of a challenge, but just be wary of the string of bunkers on thr right from the tee.

Course Condition

We've played the course in the summer and winter, on competition days and in some of the worst weather imaginable, and it cannot be easy for the ground staff to keep it nurtured in some of the most exposed ground of any course, but they do, and during the last few years the course has kept a consistent an excellent quality.

At the time of this review, the course had just been prepared for a competition, the sun was shining, the sea was gently lapping on to the shore, the greens were all but pitchmark free, cut short and rolling beautifully, the fairways manicured to the many levels of rough and was an absolute delight, other players comments were extremely positive.

Facilities

The club has a main clubhouse with bar and food, there's also a games room with a pool table and darts. The pro shop which sits adjacent to the first tee is well stocked with Machrihanish branded goods. The practice green just outside the pro shop is small but useful. The club has plenty of parking.

Our Favourite Holes

The opening par 4, the par 4 third and the twelfth par 5.

Favourite Views

Views from the opening tee shot, approaching the 3rd green, behind the 9th tee.

More Information & Contact Machrihanish Golf Club

Telephone:

01586 810213

Email:

secretary@machgolf.com

Website:

www.machgolf.com

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/machrihanish

Twitter:

www.twitter.com/machgolf

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Our Score

9.3

 

Reviewers Score

9.2

 

Holes

18

 

Par

71

 

Yardage

6225

 

S. Scratch

70

 

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Player Scores

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A Superb Links Challenge In An Adyllic Location

Machrihanish lies at the south-west of Kintyre, the most south-westerly region of Argyll in Scotland. A four hour scenic drive from Glasgow along coastal and loch side roads will eventually lead you to this small Scottish village.

Machrihanish Golf Club was established in 1867 making it one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, a course that was sculpted by Old Tom Morris during it's early years. It's our home course, but once you've played it you'll understand why we're so enthusiastic about it.

The club setting is delightful and on arrival you know that you are about to play something special. The waves break on the beach as you drive in, the stunning red roofed buildings lined up along your left and the clubhouse looks across to the first tee. The true links championship style course runs adjacent to Machrihanish bay, a 3 mile long beach which is your first test as you release your opening tee shot hopefully clean and with a draw left to make the opening hole just a little bit easier, put it too straight, fade or slice and it makes the opening hole long. This first par four hole sets the standard for the round.

The second hole presents you with a wide burn running along at average driver distance so knowing where any wind is coming from is important, hit up to the blind green and putt out before moving to the third and releasing a mighty drive over the 16th green. It's an ok hole, easily manageable in two with a long club and a short iron.

Over the hill and you're presented with the an iconic green and view, the best of any we have played so far, an undulating fairway leading to a long well shaped green surrounded by five bunkers perfectly crafted in the natural contours of the links, with the isle of Jura visible in the background directly behind the flag, it's a magical view.

Easily reachable in two with a short iron completing the third, the fourth is a pitch affair with a short iron, better to be long than short to avoid any of the hazards at this postage stamp green.

The fifth dogleg's left, leaving your second short can create an unnecessarily difficult shot, and its better to be right than left.

The sixth is a drivable par 4 for big hitters with a good sized green, the seventh a long par 4 stroke index 2 playing blind to the green. The eighth is a slight left curve to an elevated green, small enough to be tricky to hit in the wind. The ninth is a standard distance par 4 again reachable with a short iron.

The back nine lengthens somewhat, starting with a par 5, leaving the opening tee shot short leaves a blind second. The eleventh presents a 200+ yard par 3 with a thin but long green, hazards to the left and right. The twelfth is the second of the two par fives, reaching the green in two is possible for big hitters, wind assisted shots, or just those that are brave to take on the hilly rough to the right and the hollow with a bunker at the front.

The thirteenth is an average length par 4 with almost a two tier green, leaving your iron shot short makes a difficult putt. The foureenth is is a long par four with a good wide fairway followed by a short par three which can play havoc with club selection in high winds as it's so open and elevated. The sixteenth is a long part three, definitely a wood for 90% of golfers from the competition tee but there is plenty of room to play with. The elevated seventeenth tee presents out of bounds to the left, but plenty of room to the right so aim out right if you have a tendency to hook, the par 4 is a reasonable length and plays long wind against sometimes its a two wood selection. Finally the eighteenth, after 17 holes of tough and varied golf it's somewhat of an anti-climax but does allow you to relax and enjoy the walk in without too much of a challenge, but just be wary of the string of bunkers on thr right from the tee.

Course Condition

We've played the course in the summer and winter, on competition days and in some of the worst weather imaginable, and it cannot be easy for the ground staff to keep it nurtured in some of the most exposed ground of any course, but they do, and during the last few years the course has kept a consistent an excellent quality.

At the time of this review, the course had just been prepared for a competition, the sun was shining, the sea was gently lapping on to the shore, the greens were all but pitchmark free, cut short and rolling beautifully, the fairways manicured to the many levels of rough and was an absolute delight, other players comments were extremely positive.

Facilities

The club has a main clubhouse with bar and food, there's also a games room with a pool table and darts. The pro shop which sits adjacent to the first tee is well stocked with Machrihanish branded goods. The practice green just outside the pro shop is small but useful. The club has plenty of parking.

Our Favourite Holes

The opening par 4, the par 4 third and the twelfth par 5.

Favourite Views

Views from the opening tee shot, approaching the 3rd green, behind the 9th tee.

Overall Score: 9.3 / 10

Machrihanish Golf Club 2013

     

Machrihanish Golf Club Gallery 2 2013

     

A Great Course ...

It should come asno surprise that this is a great course, it is historic esta...

07/13/2013

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A Great Course ...

It should come asno surprise that this is a great course, it is historic esta...

07/13/2013

9.2

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