Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club
Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, which opened in 2009, is the first golf course to be built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest since the days of Scottish golfing pioneer Tom Morris. The golf course is also the first 18-hole links course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years
Machrihanish Dunes' site, set against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, featured 23 "natural holes,” and golf course architect and Scotsman David McLay Kidd, who is internationally acclaimed for his design of Bandon Dunes in Oregon and the Castle Course at St. Andrews, chose his 18 favorites. Basically, only the tees and greens were shaped. The fairways in between and almost all of the rest of the site remain just as nature made them.
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Stunning location and exceptional course
Got a great deal with teeofftimes hot deals and had a great round of golf.
This is not a course for beginners but it's fantastically entertaining for the experienced golfer.
I'll look to play it again when I'm next in this part of the country.
Good round on lovely course.
Considering it was only the middle of February the course was in really good condition especially the greens. It was very tricky in the windy conditions. We thoroughly enjoyed our game and will definitely be back. Would certainly recommend the course to anyo
Played The Dunes for the first time today. Loved it. Layout impressed me as did the condition of the course. Excellent welcome from Jock on the Golf House. He even joined me on the 1st tee and gave me the line. Scorching sunshine made this a fantastic visit and the greens were huge and very undulating, offering the course excellent protection given that a few par 4's aren't much longer than 300 yards. Views from the course are fabulous. Can't wait to return.
Excellent course. I like the variation depending on choice of tee. Good challenge and will suit golfers of all handicaps.
A day at the Dunes
Great course but not easy in windy conditions
Still a great course
No buggies for hire which is not easy if not fully fit and for such a long course
I think they should look at this especially for USA golfers
Outstanding, challenging course, the wind was a big factor during play, however, didnt spoil the round. Loved the large hilly greens which are in perfect condition, enjoyed the different holes with hidden greens & really had to think about which shot to attempt rather than just smashing the ball as far as i could. Will definatley be back to play this course again. Loved it!!
Excellent course with fantastic greens and not forgetting the tough bunkers
Would recommend a round to anyone & hope to return very soon
Fantastic course: for a billygoat
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.
Fantastic course, well worth £25 a round. Highly recommended.
Spectacular views and spectacular greens!
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 .
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.
This course is a must play
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)
The Old School Modern
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.
Amazing course. Much recommended.
Very natural course, as each golf course shall be designed.
Fantastic vistas on the ocean.
Would love to play it again
Dunes by Name and Dunes by Nature
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.
Remote links golf on the Mull of Kintyre
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.