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Isle of Islay

DESIGNER: Willie Campbell
PAR: 71
SSS (Course Rating): 70
TYPE: Links

Originally laid out by Willie Campbell in 1891, Machrie Golf Links was described by its creator as "the best ground for a golf course that I have ever had the pleasure of viewing". Apart from a few alterations carried out by Donald Steel during the 70's and 80's, the course remains very much the same as the original masterpiece.

There are indeed many reasons to relish the prospect of playing at Machrie Links, not least of which is the stunning surrounding scenery. When allied to the quality of the course, the natural hazards of the links game, a number of blind holes and the sense of history that effuses from the venue, any day spent here will certainly be a memorable one.

Part of the Machrie Links' enduring history is its own Open Championship of 1901, an event forever remembered due to the presence in the field of the "Great Triumvirate", which comprised Harry Vardon, John Henry Taylor and James Braid. The event carried the highest prize money for any open competition at that time - the princely sum of one hundred pounds.

Taking place a few days after the Open Championship had been won by James Braid at Muirfield, the same man stood on the final green at Machrie with a putt to halve the match against Taylor. Unfortunately for the newly crowned open champion, his putt struck a piece of sheep dung on its way to the hole and Braid was denied his chance of pocketing the richest prize in golf.

While you can be sure that your putt will not be denied by the same phenomena that befell James Braid, the enjoyment gleaned from a round here coupled with Machrie's enduring sense of history will ensure that the experience will forever live in the memory.


When playing at Machrie Golf Links, it is better to either stay locally or avail of golf and flight packages from Glasgow Airport.

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