Machrihanish (Championship)

Gary Lisbon
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  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    Old Tom Morris, 1879; J.H. Taylor, 1914; Guy Campbell, 1940s
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

On the Mull of Kintyre, the course makes the most of its romantic setting, starting with the opening tee shot set on a diagonal across the beach. One panelist considers the 3rd as an ideal links hole, writing: “The tee ball is blind over a heaving dune, which creates a sense of adventure as you aim your ball into the unknown. Then, as you crest the hill, a view of the Irish Sea emerges in the distance, with the beautifully situated green in the foreground, sunken in its own natural amphitheater.” The rumpled fairways never let up and serve up the awkward stances that complicate playing in the wind. But the real star is the set of greens. The surfaces from 12 through 16 are all brilliant and highlight that the best links holes aren’t necessarily confined to those closest to the sea. It’s always a delight to find a course that poses so many questions, all while measuring under 6,500 yards.

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 1, par-4, 424 yards: The fun starts from the opening tee shot, which requires a forced carry over a beach.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    The club’s restaurant serves food all day. We won’t stop you for going for breakfast AND late lunch/early dinner.
  • Insider tip

    Play the Pans Course on the property, a nine-holer that plays 2,376 yards from the tips. It’s a treat.