Holes of Merit:3, 4, 5, 13, 17
- David McLay Kidd says it could be his favourite 'little' golf course in the world.
- Frank Pont says Dunaverty Golf Club has the potential to be the best Par 3 course in the world.
Golf Course Review
Dunaverty Golf Club is the latest course to obtain cult status with new-found adherents the world over. Once was known only to a few intrepid golfers making their pilgrimage to Machrihanish, Dunaverty has captured the attention of golf's social media influencers.
18 holes come in under 4,800 yards on links land that provides simply spectacular views of Brunerican Bay and Dunaverty Rock whilst navigating Conieglen Burn. The course as it is today dates back to just after the Second World War.
Sam Cooper's Course Synopsis
Dunaverty had been described as a 'must play'. With a staid start - a wide-open par 4 and nondescript par 3 second - I was waiting for the spark I had been assured of. I found it on the third tee. A sweeping par 4 towards the site of Dunaverty Castle - a ruin with a gruesome (but fascinating) history I won't go in to here...
The par 3 fourth is one of the quirkiest I have found. Make sure to clear the marker post on the dune ahead, and hope you find the rectangular green
If holes 3 and 4 were easing you in, the 5th is where Dunaverty really comes alive. The green is only 260 yards ahead, but Brunerican Beach, flanking the entire right side of the hole, is very much in play.
So begins a run of truly quirky - and truly delightful - holes. Successive par 3's take you to out to the par 4 9th tee, where the quirkiness steps up another level. Ahead you can see two marker posts, but no greens. Left is the blind 12th green, but carry the marker to the right and your ball may scuttle down to the equally blind 9th green.
I thought 13 was a particularly clever par 5. A boundary fence right and flat fairway ahead looked innocuous, but a deep folly is cut into the left half of the fairway at driver's length. Just deep enough to hinder a long iron second. Sometimes the subtle defences are best.
17 is cited as the 'Signature' hole on the back 9. While it's a testing hole with OB right and a wide burn before the green, for me it lacks the same 'links' feel as those in the middle of the round.
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Address:Argyll & Bute, PA28 6RW, Scotland