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.

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

Tel: 01586 810000 | Fax: 01586 810453

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

Contact/Secretary: Kevin Lewis, PGA - GM

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Price Guide: £££££
  • 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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Facilities & Visitor Information

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

Facilities: Driving range, Golf clubs for hire, Golf buggies for hire, Golf pro shop, Changing rooms, Golf clubhouse, Bar, Food available, Accommodation available, golf course.

  • Societies Accepted to Play
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Restrictions: Maximum Handicap No Restriction

Location: http://www.machrihanishdunes.com/location/

Designed by: David McLay Kidd

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Course Tee Par SSS Yds
Mach DunesBlack72727175
Mach DunesBlue72726783
Mach DunesWhite72726347
Mach DunesYellow72725835
Mach DunesYellow72725815
Mach DunesRed72725234

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club Reviews & Information

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  4.28

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 23
Breakdown Averages

4.38 ... Overall Rating
4.32 ... The Course
3.68 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.55 ... VFM
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23 ratings from Golfshake members - Ranked 668 out of 1971.

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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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Without a doubt the toughest course I have ever played.
Myself and three friends took advantage of an amazing offer on the website where we had two nights accommodation in a luxury cottage and unlimited golf for £79 per person.
The cottages were amazing and we were taken to the golf course and returned by mini bus whenever we wanted.
We played off the whites on day one (pretty windy) and were totally destroyed by the course. On your first round they send you round with a complimentary guide to give you a clue where to aim as there are quite a few blind shots.
On day two we played the blues (crazy tough) and went back to the whites on day 3.
We had a look at the black tees and thought they would totally destroy us so showed a bit of sense.
The fairways are old style links with hills and bumps everywhere.
However it was the greens that gave us the most fun.
There are so many slopes on each green that you had to have a really good look for your putting line. On one hole, one of my friends lay down on the green in a hollow (around four feet deep) and we could not see him from the other end.
The 8th hole is rightly scored as the toughest on the course.
A long drive is required followed by a shot of around 200 yards to the green played over a hollow (balls in this are usually lost).
The clubhouse is fairly small but does excellent food and the staff are without a doubt the friendliest I have ever encountered on a golf course.
There are huge developments planned over the next few years including a huge clubhouse.
I would definitely advise anybody who can to go and play this wonderful course. - Oct 26 2009


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Andrew J rated 5 out of 5 - Aug 7 2018

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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Peter T rated 5 out of 5 - May 29 2018

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Christopher M rated 5 out of 5 - Jun 18 2017

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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David B rated 4 out of 5 - Apr 12 2017

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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James M rated 3 out of 5 - Sep 17 2016

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James M rated 3 out of 5 - Sep 17 2016

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James M rated 3 out of 5 - Sep 17 2016

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Stuart M rated 5 out of 5 - Sep 10 2015


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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Douglas C rated 5 out of 5 - Aug 1 2015


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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Phil darbyshire rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 10 2015

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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Douglas Glasgow rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 7 2015

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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Keith M rated 5 out of 5 - Oct 17 2014



(Round played: Oct 2014 - Score: 96 Handicap: 18.3)
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vrp/sussex rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 28 2014

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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Colin P rated 5 out of 5 - Jun 16 2014

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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Ross R rated 5 out of 5 - Apr 28 2014

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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Alan / Lanark rated 5 out of 5 - Nov 1 2013

Wow what a golf course, after 2 holes my friends and I agreed we would be back next year, it's not overly tough or overly long it's fun to play with a great variety of holes. We made the long drive from Lanarkshire for the day and weren't disappointed, the welcome and the general friendliness of the guys in the clubhouse was fantastic and the course was in superb condition. You don't need guides or caddies (that's what marker poles are for) although some of the greens have the biggest slopes I have seen on a course, but it just makes it more fun. All in all I can't wait to go back, fantastic.
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Alasdair K rated 5 out of 5 - Oct 18 2013

Having played Machrihanish and Dunaverty several times I really look forward to getting the chance to get onto Kintyre to play golf whenever I can, with this in mind I was very excited to make my first trip to Machrihanish dunes today.

The weather was looking pretty poor with heavy rain and string winds, but undeterred we set off from Arran and made the drive down. A on arrival we were warmly greeted and told we could tee off early if we like, a quick putt later and we were on the 10th tee ready to begin in a howling North Easterly wind.

Right from the off I was in love with the course, each hole was consistently great, with some massive contours on fairways and greens only adding to the occasion.

I really enjoyed all the par threes, especially the 14th and 15th, of the longer holes I thought the 17th, 1st and 8th stood out but the rest were of a very high standard.

It probably clouds my judgement that my scratch score was only 5 but I think I might actually prefer the dunes to the old course, but to be sure I'll just need to play them both a few more times to be sure!

(Round played: Oct 2013 - Score: 76 Handicap: 8.9)
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Scott Bruce rated 3 out of 5 - Sep 26 2013

Played this course in early September 2013 and fortunately it was a lovely, warm, calm day. Played off the blue tees due to our 4 ball being of different standards. I can only describe this course as 'crazy golf'. There is numerous blind shots throughout the course and some mental greens. To be fair the general condition of the course was excellent and the staff were very friendly. Disappointing clubhouse and some of the walks between the holes is lengthy. I enjoyed the day and had a good laugh at some crazy shots and putts, not for a serious golfer though. Scored 87, handicap 11.
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Andrew M rated 5 out of 5 - Sep 24 2013

This is unlike any other course you will play in this country. There are no trees, few bunkers (at least not where you are likely to hit your ball), the rough isnt too bad, and at 6300 yards off the white tees its not that long - but its the hardest course Ive ever played.

It appears that 18 tees and greens have been cut from virgin land right on the seashore, with a few bits of fairway mown in-between the dunes ... and that's it. There are lots of blind shots, wild bounces off the fairways and huge sloping greens - this is extreme golf. If you believe that the sport is a test of you against the course and that it isnt meant to be fair, this is the course for you.

Stunning, and in great condition, but fiendishly difficult. Loved it!

Note that you don't need a caddy or guide any more (although I'd definitely take a stroke saver), and we went round in 3 hours in pretty appalling weather conditions with hardly anyone else on the course.
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Douglas C rated 4 out of 5 - Sep 4 2013

    

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