Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club
Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of Old Tom Morris himself. It is also be the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years.
Golf Course architect and Scotsman David McLay Kidd, created a truly majestic course for Machrihanish Dunes measuring 7,175 yards and featuring six greens and five tees at the ocean's edge. With its dramatic setting on shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views with the adjacent Machrihanish Golf Club links (ranked 39th by Golf Digest's "Top 100 Courses Outside the U.S." in 2008).
The most important feature with Machrihanish Dunes is the layout ... "its totally natural". The David McLay Kidd says "We followed the lie of the land and unlike most courses around the world, we did not lay out the course and make the land change with it, we designed each hole around the natural terrain".
True Links Golf
In true links fashion, the course flows effortlessly to, from and along the sea, inviting you to step back in time to the days when "Old Tom Morris" laid out Machrihanish Golf Club and Willie Campbell plotted The Machrie Golf Links on the nearby island of Islay - visible from Machrihanish Dunes. This is the true essence of the game at its most basic: golfer against the elements, golfer against himself and golfer against a course that is never stagnant.
The joy of the game in its oldest and purest form - links golf - is adapting to the precise conditions of the moment. The ever-changing Machrihanish Dunes gives you a rare opportunity to create and craft golf shots you might have never attempted, much the way they did hundreds of years ago. Machrihanish Dunes encourages thought, creativity and imagination. For the golfer who accepts the invitation, the reward is a truly unforgettable experience.
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