Isle of Islay
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The Machrie Golf Course is located on Islay, in Scotland. The word "machrie" is a corruption of the Scottish Gaelic machair, which means more or less the same as "links" did on the east coast of Scotland.
The course was designed by Willie Campbell in 1891 and was intentionally made long, at least by 19th Century standards, to attract golfers to Islay. Set in the dunes of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, The Machrie Links course is one of the most beautiful locations in world golf. Originally designed in 1891 by Willie Campbell, the course has now been fully modernised by D J Russell, the former European Ryder Cup Vice Captain and PGA tour player.
There is a reason why the Scots invented golf on links land, Machrie land, and the links turf on which the course sits is among the finest in Scotland. The dramatic setting of Laggan Bay and the sand dunes has few equals, and with the ever changing nature of the challenge offered by this acclaimed layout it’s time you played the Machrie! The Machrie Links hosted a famous match in 1901 between James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Harry Vardon for a prize of £100, reputed to be the largest prize of its kind at that time in the British Isles. Harry Vardon called Mount Zion, now the 17th hole, but originally the first hole, "the hardest hole I have seen". The links later hosted the Western Isles Open Championship in June 1935.
Golf at The Machrie offers enjoyment and a challenge for golfers of all abilities and age and along with the stunning 18-hole Links, we also have the Wee course, which offers six par-3 holes which can be played from a multitude of tees, a 5-bay covered driving range, short game area and the spectacular Hebrides putting course.
The Inner Hebrides seem like a long way to go for a round of golf, the good news is that once you get there everything is within easy reach. Located on the south-west of Islay, the Machrie Hotel and Golf Links is just a five-minute drive from the island's tiny airport. Right on the doorstep of the hotel is the links, beyond which the beautiful Strand beach stretches for six miles, from Kintra to the mouth of the Laggan. Looking inland, there is only heather, rolling hills and sheep as far as the eye can see.
Overlooking the 18th green of our famous Links course and the ocean beyond, 18 is our stunning restaurant & bar.
Located on the first floor of the hotel, the impressive restaurant has a vaulted glass ceiling and an outdoor terrace offering panoramic south westerly views over the Links and down to Laggan Bay. You can gaze over the crystal blue sea from our terrace, the perfect place to sit for dinner or to enjoy a sunset aperitif.
Essential Information at a glance, for YourGolfDay
- Coursetype: Traditional, historic championship links course from a previous age, more recently modernised by course architect DJ Russell. There is also the 6 hole par 3 Wee course which can be played from a selection of different of tees
- Number Of Holes: 18
- Yardage: 5953 yards from the white tees
- Par: 72
- Bar/Restaurant: Dine in the ‘1891’ Golfers Lounge Restaurant.
- Drinks/Snacks: Drinks and snacks are available from the ProShop. Additional light bites available in either the Courtyard Lounge (located next to the ProShop) or in the Stag Lounge
- Changing Facilities: Ladies and Gents changing rooms with lockers available for visitors use
- Shower Facilities: Showers available for visitors use
- Pro-Shop: Well stocked shop. Golf Coaching, Junior Golf Coaching
- Golf Club Hire: There are currently 6 sets of right hand clubs and 2 sets of left hand clubs which are new Titleist clubs
- Buggy Hire: Buggies are available to hire but it is best to pre-book
- Trolley Hire: Pull and battery powered trollies available to hire from the pro shop
- Practice Area: 5 x Driving Range Bays, Short Game Warm-up Area
- Putting Practice: ‘Hebrides’ Putting Green
- To Confirm All Details and Further Information: Visit the Website
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