The Machrihanish Golf Club has become well known over the years, especially for the Championship Course’s exceptional first hole, which requires the round’s opening shot to carry the Atlantic. “It can be a tough start, particularly into a breeze”.
The 18 hole Championship Course is set in the wonderful sand dunes by the small village of Machrihanish.
It’s a joy to play allowing the visitor to relish the ups and downs of the fairways and the tussle with undulating greens. The arresting views across to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha provide a delightful backdrop on an idyllic summer’s day with the firm Machrihanish turf underfoot. The majesty of the dunes, and wheeling seabirds providing the musical sound track.
To provide a varied test for the competent golfer, the layout is not just a predictable nine out, and nine back. The classic links holes, apart from the 1st, are the 5th, another par four with its fairway like an elephant’s graveyard, the 10th, a clever dogleg par five and the 15th, a “one shotter” with real difficulty if the elusive green is missed from the tee.
The 9 hole Pans Course nestles between the Championship Course and the neighbouring dairy fields.
If anything it is slightly quieter that the 18 hole course and as well as hosting numerous ladies’ competitions, is often favoured by members for a leisurely 9 holes. Some locals say that the smaller greens and shorter fairways provide an equal but different test of their golfing skills.