Tom Morris, J.H. Taylor, Guy Campbell
In 1876 several
local dignitaries of Campbeltown visualised a golf course set amidst the
spectacular sand dunes of Macrihanish. Situated on the western coast of
Scotland, miles from the nearest railway station, the course at this stage
was only accessible by steamboat and then carriage.
of Macrihanish was initially laid out by Old Tom Morris who described
the setting as being "specifically designed by The Almighty for
playing golf". Altered by three times Open Champion, J.H. Taylor
in 1914, the final touches were applied some 30 years later by Sir Guy
Campbell, the result being the course as we know it today.
on the Kintyre Peninsula, 140 miles from Glasgow, Macrihanish Golf Club
may be slightly off the beaten track but its remoteness is central to
its abundant charm. With some of the world's most naturally undulating
fairways and amazingly contoured greens, much like Royal Dornoch, this
links would certainly play host to many prestigious events, if not for
its relative isolation.
as a top venue, Macrihanish possesses all the traits expected by the links
purist. The outward nine holes follow the hills and hollows among the
sand dunes bordering the sea and each hole requires accurate tee shots
and carefully thought out irons to reach the expertly maintained putting
surfaces. No less demanding, the inward nine stretch home against the
backdrop of the Kintyre Hills. Two par 5's and three tricky par 3's must
be negotiated before the Macrihanish burn comes into play over the final
may take some time to get here, you are well advised to try if for no
other reason than to stand on the world-famous 1st tee and
decide how much of the bay you wish to carry on the way to negotiating
this 428-yard opener. And whether successful or not, the visitor to Macrihanish
is inevitably struck by the beauty of the links and the wondrous way in
which the sun sets over Islay.
at Macrihanish Golf Links, it is better to either stay locally or avail
of golf and flight packages from Glasgow