machrihanish golf course

On the West Coast of the Kintyre Peninsula, stretching alongside the Atlantic and the wide windswept beach, Machrihanish Golf Club is a true Links Course. More than 130 years ago, Old Tom Morris said of the land here: “The Almichty Maun hae had gowf in his e’e when he made this place.” ! (i.e. The Almighty Man had had golf in his eye when he made this place" !)

The land that the course was built on has been largely undisturbed, with only a few changes made to form the tees and the greens.  This is a challenging course where you can experience Links golf as it was originally played.

It is reputed to have the best opening hole in golf, and the 1st tee is marked as such.

first tee at machrihanish

playing machrihanish

The 7,175 yard, 18-hole links course.

There is a webcam available from 9am -7pm at :

history of machrihanish

In 1876 a golf club was officially formed at Machrihanish even though it had been played here before that. During the first year, forty-one people became members. The rules were adopted from Prestwick.

In 1879, the club consulted the golf professional Old Tom Morris, who had won the Open four times, and he assisted them to expand from a 12 hole course to an 18 hole course.

You may also like to play the more recently designed course "Machrihanish Dunes" which measures 7,300 yards, Machrihanish Dunes features six greens and five tees at the ocean’s edge.

staying nearby

Click here to book a golfing getaway to Machrihanish with
Golfbreaks, playing at the new Machrihanish Dunes Course !

Or, you could stay in the hotel at Machrihanish Golf Course or stay in the town of Campbeltown.

things to see in the area

The Kintyre peninsula is very scenic and you may have heard the famous song "Mull of Kintyre" !. You can stay in Cambelltown, where you can visit a distillery and perhaps have a whisky tasting ! Carradale on the East coast of Kintyre is interesting to visit, (and has a very nice bakery in the small shop there !), although the road can get a bit narrow in places. On the West Coast you can visit the Island of GIgha which is particularly beautiful in May when there are azaleas and rhododendrons flowering.  You can head back to Glasgow via Kilmartin Glen which has some interesting archaological sites if you are interested in Scottish History and you will also cross the Crinan Canal and can visit the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Another route home that is possible is to take the ferry to the island of Arran, drive across Arran, where you could stop for a game of golf or to visit the Castle and then you can return home to near Glasgow by ferry from the other side of Arran.