Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

4.9583333333 5.0 stars from 5 (10)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7082 yards

  • Machrihanish, Kintyre PA28 6NU, Scotland
  • +44 (0) 1586 554411
  • +44 (0) 1586 550160
  • www.machrihanishdunes.com
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Year built: 2009
Architect(s): David McLay Kidd (2009)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Golf Season: December - February. Peak Season: May - October

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes, for medical reasons
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: No
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7082 yards 0.0 0
White 72 6349 yards 0.0 0
Yellow 72 5835 yards 0.0 0
Red 72 5076 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 10 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

10 out of 10 reviews


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Reviews


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"Fantastic course: for a billygoat"


picayune1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Loved the Dunes but be warned, it is hard on the knees. The undulations make the course a fascinating place to play but it is not an easy walk. It is one non stop roller coaster from the first tee on and you will get some weird bounces and rolls off the humps and bumps. Gorgeous links course especially considering how new it is. With Macrihanish GC down the road a fantastic pair of links well worth the rather tortuous drive from Glasgow. It's a matter of some discussion among cabbies and caddies in Scotland whether this course is any good, but I rate it as good as, if not better than Macrihanish GC.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u2753189's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fantastic course, well worth £25 a round. Highly recommended.

Spectacular views and spectacular greens!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



cmsteinhauer's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u525910771's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course with 2 friends , we had great weather and the course was in great condition, some course and the views from the course looking out onto the sea with the mountains in the backdrop, could not ask for anything else , really enjoyed our time playing course and will be back .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Machrihanish Dunes"


t801421419's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The weather made this a very demanding course as the winds were very strong on the day. Great setting and in very good condition. Peter, the head steward, could not have been more helpful or welcoming to us.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"This course is a must play"


u000003483966's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Machrihanish Dunes is a more natural layout than the Championship course as they were not allowed to bring in the big earth movers and diggers, therefore the fairways are quite undulating and you can get some funny lies. There is a lot of long rough so try and keep out of it as it is not easy to get out of. The greens are quite large and undulating and three puts are very easy to rack up. The course was quiet when we played (my wife and I) and we got round in about 3 and a half hours. Staff were all very friendly. Brilliant course and in good condition for this time of year (and we were midgy free)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Old School Modern"


JeffArenson's avatar
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Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Built on a Site of Scientific Interest, there were limitations on how much earth could be moved and where people could walk at Machrihanish Dunes. It might be better off; for it evokes the classics. There are approaches that are blind, tee shots that are blind and greens with undulation. The holes have some nice variety and you won't feel that you are playing some type of cookie cutter course. I think that the restrictions led to a modern natural wonder. Of all the modern Scottish courses, this is the only one with the quirk of the classics. All of the links drama is here; bump and run; wind, wind and more wind, playing with views of the sea, walking only, etc. The routing is easy so walking is a joy and not a chore. Although not as famous as it's neighbor, as long as you drove or flew out to Kintyre, you should also play here. You won't be disappointed.

There is a driving range and putting green for proper warm-up. The staff is very nice. I would listen to the starter, he has directions on the routing. I could picture people going the wrong way or aiming at the wrong flagstick. The clubhouse is quaint and the food was good. Over all, another enjoyable experience in the land of links.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Machrihanish Dunes"


gcinx's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Amazing course. Much recommended.<br/> Very natural course, as each golf course shall be designed.<br/> Fantastic vistas on the ocean.<br/> Would love to play it again


I recommend this course


"Dunes by Name and Dunes by Nature"


Bajouk's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2014
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A lovely and interesting course with a good variety of holes. With 5 sets of tees, you are able to choose the length that suits your game, and the holes all seemed fair. Some of the greens had large undulations which made approaches and putting a good challenge. Well worth a visit.


Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Remote links golf on the Mull of Kintyre"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2013
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

It's tough not to hum the Paul McCartney tune as you stroll these beautiful fairways in this most remote part of Scotland. Machrihanish Dunes, despite being located near historic Machrihanish Old, is a much different - yet still pure - links experience. It's been softened a bit since it opened and is quite fair, though there are still a few blind shots to navigate.

Between the two, as well as the great accommodations near the Old Course, definitely make a weekend out of these two sublime links.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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