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0
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Staff Friendliness
4.8
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.9
Layout
4.8
100.0%
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13 out of 13 reviews
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Staff Friendliness
4.7
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.3
Conditions
4.7
Value
5.0
Layout
4.7
100.0%
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3 out of 3 reviews
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4.5
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
Conditions
4.5
Value
5.0
Layout
4.8
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7082
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Resort
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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7082 yards
White 72 6349 yards
Yellow 72 5835 yards
Red 72 5076 yards
Scorecard for Dunes
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.9/131 345 480 592 307 165 134 461 620 435 3539 397 375 178 417 332 419 555 455 415 3543 7082
White M: 70.7/121 294 421 546 247 165 134 397 559 378 3141 369 335 160 387 332 364 500 396 365 3208 6349
Yelow M: 69.2/119 W: 70.2/119 260 373 510 216 130 134 351 517 354 2845 341 335 151 368 304 329 474 364 324 2990 5835
Red M: 66.1/111 W: 67.1/113 220 373 491 181 115 95 269 461 322 2527 303 274 101 334 240 257 417 338 285 2549 5076
Handicap 12 8 4 14 16 18 6 2 10 9 13 17 5 15 11 1 3 7
Par 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2009
Golf Season December - February. Peak Season: May - October
Architect David McLay Kidd (2009)

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area No
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.9
13

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 3
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 4
Undulating Greens 4
Narrow Fairways 3
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 4
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 3
Advanced Golfers 3
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 4
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The dunes

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!!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome course

Excellent course with fantastic greens and not forgetting the tough bunkers Would recommend a round to anyone & hope to return very soon
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Fantastic course, well worth £25 a round. Highly recommended. Spectacular views and spectacular greens!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

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 .
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Machrihanish Dunes

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

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)
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent

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