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It takes a sense of adventure to discover Machrihanish Golf Club and Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club. Machrihanish Golf Club dates to 1876, when Old Tom Morris designed the original 12 holes. Machrihanish Dunes, which is the more scenic of the two, opened in 2009. Both are worth the trek. Jason Scott Deegan captured remote Machrihanish in pictures.
Machrihanish Golf Club, a 19th century course, has always been one of the world's great hidden gem links courses. Now, with the addition of 21st century Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, there are twice the reasons to make the journey to the Mull of Kintyre. The course is full of both sunken and elevated greens, tees and tumbling fairways.
The long and winding road from Loch Lomond to Machrihanish is world famous, yet sparsely trafficked. That is changing now, thanks to several popular golf courses. Golfers have sought out Machrihanish G.C., founded in 1876, for more than a century. And in 2008, a new neighbor finally came to the block, Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club. The two courses offer a contrast between old school and new world.
Is it sacrilegious to call a links course in the birthplace of golf the Bandon Dunes of Scotland? In many ways, that's exactly what Machrihanish Dunes is. Both are on hard-to-get-to sections of coastline that attract golfers to play neoclassic links golf. The big difference is that in pre-Kidd Bandon, Oregon there was nothing, but the pre-Kidd Kintyre Peninsula was already home to fabled Machrihanish Golf Club. That is where the story gets interesting.
The November 2011 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The June 2005 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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