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Machrihanish Golf Club
Machrihanish Golf Club
PA28 6PT

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1586 810277, +44 (0) 1586 810213
Fax: +44 (0) 1586 810221

Machrihanish Golf Club has become well known in the last few years, mainly because of its exceptional first hole, which requires the round's opening shot to carry the Atlantic. At 436 yards, it is a tough start, particularly into a breeze.

The par-70 course is set in dunes in the small village of Machrihanish, which is situated on the western side of the remote Kintyre Peninsula. There are also views across to the islands of Jura and Islay.

Machrihanish Golf Club, which stretches out to 6,462 yards from the blue tees, was ranked the No. 39 course outside of the United States by Golf Digest in 2005, and the first hole is often rated as one of the best opening holes in the world. The classic links holes, after No. 1, are the fifth, which is another par 4 with its fairway like an elephant's graveyard, the 10th, a clever dogleg par 5, and the par-3 15th, a one-shotter with real difficulty if the elusive green is missed from the tee.

The golf club was founded in 1876 as the Kintyre Golf Club. It had 10 holes before the club officially existed, and was quickly expanded to 12. In 1879, Tom Morris was brought in to redesign and expand the golf course to the full 18 holes, including today's first hole. J.H. Taylor made some modifications in 1914, and in the 1940s, Sir Guy Campbell brought the golf course to its current configuration.

Machrihanish Golf Club
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews)
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A view from Machrihanish Golf ClubA view from a green at Machrihanish Golf ClubMachrihanish Golf Club - Championship Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: John Henry Taylor, Old Tom Morris, Sir Guy Campbell
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1876
  • Golf Season:
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: Soft/steel spikes
  • Dress code: Proper attire is required.
  • Credit cards accepted:

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Blue 70 6462 yd. 0 0
White 70 6235 yd. 131 70.7
Yellow 70 5971 yd. 129 69.7
Ladies 72 5497 yd. 0 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Machrihanish Golf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Neil
    on April 29th, 2009 12:00
    Machrihanish is an absolutely tremendous golf course on a wonderful piece of links land with wonderful history. The whole place is like what golf in Scotland and Ireland was 35 years ago. No pretensions, no hoopla, people who are happy to have you playing their course.

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