Machrihanish Golf Club (The) – Championship Course (Kintyre)

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  • Holes of Merit:
    1, 2, 3, 18 
  • NCG Rank:
    58/100 in GB&I
  • Golf.com Rank:
    93/100 in the World

At A Glance

Located on the Mull of Kintyre, the Southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula amongst the Machrihanish dunes, this is genuine Scottish links golf of the highest order. A regular fixture in Top 100 lists it boasts the best opening hole in the world, the basis for the Cape Template Hole. Located near the small village of Machrihanish the course borders the David McLay Kidd design, Machrihanish Dunes.

Machrihanish Golf Club was built as a ten-hole links, it was extended to twelve holes in 1876 by Old Tom Morris. In 1879, he returned and extended it to 18 holes. Subsequently, in 1914, J.H. Taylor made alterations addressing supposed issues with blindness.

During the Second World War, Machrihanish did its bit for the war effort by literally paving the way for an airstrip. Resulting in the loss of holes eight through ten. Following World War Two, Sir Guy Campbell made some minor alterations and re-routed the back nine.

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the routing. The green complexes are also singled out as being of the highest order.

Further Reading

Clyde Johnson contributed an analysis of the 2nd hole at Machrihanish Golf Club on The Fried Egg.


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