Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, Central Scotland is an 18 hole, par 72 (7175 yard), resort, links golf course designed by David McLay Kidd in 2009.

Contact Information

Machrihanish, Campbeltown, Central Scotland, PA28 6PT United Kingdom

Tel: 01586 810000

Website: http://www.machrihanishdunes.com/
 

Tee Time Information

  • Midweek Guide: Peak season £75.00 per round; Low Season £40.00 per day *
  • Weekend Guide: Peak season £75.00 per round; Low Season £40.00 per day *

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Course Information:
18 holes | Par 72 | 7175 yards | Resort | Links

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Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club Reviews & Information


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  5

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 29
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4.48 ... Overall Rating
4.44 ... The Course
4.75 ... Course Cond.
3.74 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.52 ... VFM
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4.88 ... Pace of play
5.00 ... Hospitality.
4.13 ... Prac. Facil.
4.13 ... Food + Drink
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29 ratings & 20 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 11 out of 2162.

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What the club says: Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to be have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of "Old Tom" himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years.

Set hard against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views with the adjacent Machrihanish Golf Club links (ranked 39th by Golf Digest's "Top 100 Courses Outside the U.S." in 2008).

True to The Way Golf Began, the site of Machrihanish Dunes links featured 23 "natural holes" (definition: a hole which fits so well into the natural landscape prior to construction that only minimal effort is required to ready it for play in terms of grading and shaping work). Measuring 7300 yards, Machrihanish Dunes features six greens and five tees at the ocean’s edge.


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Reviewed Feb 28 2020 by William M - rated 5 out of 5

Kintyre Coast Gem

Macrahanish is full of history and romance, after all it was designed by Old Tom Morris himself! My partner and I teed off on a blustery winters morning. The 1st tee shot across the bay is certainly intimidating, but I managed to send the ball on to the green halcyon turf of the fairway beyond, and after a long iron into the waiting green, walked off with a par 4 start. The second is a 5 wood lay up to the river, and then a blind shot up over the ridge to the higher elevation where I found the bowl shaped green. The third really starts to get interesting, as we turn towards the Atlantic surf, and dog-leg fairways that undulate quite dramatically. The quality of the turf is superb, and the course drains well, even after heavy downpours. I found the Greenside bunker here, and bogeyed. The 4th is an enticing par 3, but you can't be short or long as you will find deep swales to chip from. I placed a wedge tee shot to within 12 feet of the hole and rolled it in for a birdie 2. I was back on track! The 5th to 9th were quite sheltered by the high dunes, and you really have to find the fairways with your tee shot, as the marram grass rough can be punishing. I reached the turn in 46, and so began the turn back into the sleety wind. There is a long par 5 at the 12th, with a narrow fairway neck. I was happy to walk off with a 6 as the ball was not travelling as far now. The closing holes bring you back to the flatter ground that stretches towards the hotel, and I came home safely with two 5's for a total of 90 (minus 14) to give me a 76 in brutal homeward conditions. I was soaked, but happy with my experience of this magical links course. I will definitely return when it is warmer and calmer.
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Reviewed Sep 30 2019 by Kevin G - rated 5 out of 5
Staff excellent, course in excellent condition. Great day out and would always recommend just wish I could putt!

(Round played: Jul 2019 - Score: 80 Handicap: 5.7)
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Reviewed Jun 20 2019 by James G - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Jun 18 2019 by Allan K - rated 5 out of 5

Golf in the raw at its best

Mach Dunes shows what a genius David McLay Kidd is. Built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest. No fertiliser, only sheep and laid out with the minimum of alteration to the original dunes, only the tees were levelled out.
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Reviewed Sep 26 2018 by George B - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Aug 7 2018 by Andrew J - rated 5 out of 5

Pure Links golf

A fantastic natural links golf course. Well worth the pilgrimage to Cambeltown. Great layout with tricky greens.

(Round played: Aug 2018 - Score: 82 Handicap: )
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Reviewed May 29 2018 by Peter T - rated 5 out of 5

Superb

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Reviewed Jun 18 2017 by Christopher M - rated 5 out of 5

UNREAL!!!!

One of the best courses I've ever played. It is the proper links gold experience. The course is majestic. Superb layout. Very challenging but very enjoyable to play.
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Reviewed Apr 12 2017 by David B - rated 4 out of 5
Great course, great staff, and fun to play
But beware the back nine, tad more windy
The day I played
9/10
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Reviewed Sep 17 2016 by James M - rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed Sep 17 2016 by James M - rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed Sep 17 2016 by James M - rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed Sep 10 2015 by Stuart M - rated 5 out of 5

Great trip over and played a good round, course great, scenery fantastic ... defo be back!
(Round played: Sep 2015 - Score: 81 Handicap: 24.4)
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Reviewed Aug 1 2015 by Douglas C - rated 5 out of 5

A fantastic course in excellent condition, playing here on the Bunkered voucher makes a worthwhile trip down to this wonderful part of Scotland. The scenery is stunning, the welcome in the clubhouse warm and friendly and for us to round of a two days of golf was the perfect way. Well worth a visit down there.

(Round played: Jul 2015 - Score: 81 Handicap: 8.1)
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Reviewed Jul 10 2015 by Phil darbyshire - rated 5 out of 5
Having read much about this course ,including a variety of differing opinions ,I teed up really not sure what to expect.arriving at 5pm following a call earlier in the week I paid the twighlight rate and was given a run through of the course by the Gentlemen who was doubling up as bar manager and starter.he could not have been more helpful and offered a great insight into the layout and strategy.As a member at Conwy in north Wales and confirmed links fan I thought I would be well prepared for playing Mach Dunes,not sure however you could prepare for the landscape offered up from 1st tee till last,and what fantastic links land it is.the whole course is a rollercoaster of dramatic holes and hugely undulating greens set against the backdrop of huge dunes and sea views.\\\\Are some of the greens and blind shots unfair as some reviews imply,yes possibly, but the you will not be worried about this,the course is so enjoyable.the smile never stopped from beginning to end.was joined after 9 holes by Mrs and cocker spaniel who enjoyed the walk as much as me,she commented that this was true ,millionaire s golf in setting that has to be as stunning as anywhere in the world.To sum up,amazing and well worth the effort to get here,indeed a golfing pilgrimage that any golf fan will treasure. Score 82 and no balls lost\\\\
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Reviewed Jul 7 2015 by Douglas Glasgow - rated 5 out of 5
Played this course usingour bunkered golf vouchers. Really enjoyed it and the weather stayed reasonable for us. The course has a lot of blind shots and some true butinteresting greens. The course is as natural as you will ever play. The starter was friendly and pointed us in the right direction. Would play again if I got the chance.
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Reviewed Oct 17 2014 by Keith M - rated 5 out of 5


(Round played: Oct 2014 - Score: 96 Handicap: 18.3)
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Reviewed Jul 28 2014 by vrp/sussex - rated 5 out of 5
Played the Dunes in a party of eight, together with the Old, over four days in late June. The debate as to which of the two we preferred raged long into the night! The final score being 5-3 in favour of the Old, me being one of the 3. \This is one of the most \'linksy\' links one will ever play and its wild look is just incredible. The David McLay Kidd routing is a work of near genius given the planning restrictions of Scottish Natural Heritage that no earth could be moved other than for the building of the greens and tees. Every hole is visually stunning and top driving is rewarded with clear views of the target (other than the few absolute blind shots) and with a line into the green that is receptive to the shot. Stray even a little off line from the right part of the fairway and the second shot can be partly obscured or blind and the green difficult to hold. We played the course twice, in a three club wind at most, it was demanding but eminently playable; in a big wind it might be very unforgiving as there is some serious rough. Forgive the sometimes long walks between the tees, this is a small price to pay for arriving at another great golf hole (the club is too apologetic about this, it really isn\'t a big deal).\The greens are dramatically undulating and so amazing to play that some of the breaks just make you laugh out loud they are so different. The surfaces were, however, varied when we played. Some had been re-turfed earlier in the year with what look like a pure fescue; they putted pretty well and quicker than the others. The old ones had some coarser grasses invading and were slow by links standards but frankly with those borrows quick surfaces could make the greens unplayable. \Holes to love are the pretty short four 1st, driveable 4th with its green in a hollow, the 11th along the shore with a two-tiered fairway, the par 3 12th with its undulating green and the dog-leg 17th (was the 8th they switched the nines), over a chasm to a raised green (the green has been moved forward 40 yds but, still, how hard is this four?). \The clubhouse is compact and simple (helpful staff) but absolutely all the better for it. It\'s not seen from the course which just enhances the sense of having got away from it all. I really hope the unrealised plans for a big clubhouse remain just that, unrealised. Just extend the existing a bit, that\'s all that\'s needed. \A piece of pure heaven!
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Reviewed Jun 16 2014 by Colin P - rated 5 out of 5
Have played the 3 courses in the area but Mach Dunes is by far in my opinion the best. Have played the course over the last 3 years and it is improving with every visit. Every visit we have been made to feel welcome and as yet have been really lucky with the weather.
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Reviewed Apr 28 2014 by Ross R - rated 5 out of 5
Superb course and set up. Cant speak highly enough of the place.

(Round played: Apr 2014 - Score: 85 Handicap: 12.3)
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