The Machrie Golf Links

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  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 17
  • NCG Rank:
    47/100 in GB&I


In 1901, James Braid, J.H. Taylor, and Harry Vardon played for the largest prize of its kind at that time in the British Isles... the grand sum of £100.

The Machrie Golf Links Videos

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Golf Course Review

The Machrie Golf Links is set in the majestic dunes of Islay on seven miles of pristine beach of the Inner Hebrides. The Islay Golf Club is a private members club which plays at Machrie Links.

The Machrie Golf Links were laid out in 1891 by Willie Campbell on linksland between the Machrie Burn and Kintera Burn. It would remain virtually unchanged until Donald Steel would make it 'more complete, more modern and more challenging.' Essentially the blindness of the holes he altered was removed. 13 of the original Willie Campbell holes remained at that point.

In 2011, the course would run into financial difficulties and new owners brought significant investment and change to the site. In 2014, DJ Russell, of Kedleston Park and Archerfield fame, was brought in to completely overhaul the design. A Wee Course, driving range, short game practice area and putting green were also added and opened for play in 2017. It is known by some as The New Machrie.

The Architect - Campbell, Steel or Russell?

The question, therefore, left remaining is: How much of Campbell and Steel's work is left?

Willie Campbell's green can be seen on the 1st & 4th with the 7th hole as a whole attributed to him as well.

Donald Steel's lone contribution is the 12th hole - now with a wider fairway and added green contouring.

The rest are new designs by DJ Russell.


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