The Machrie Links Golf Course

The Machrie Links Golf Course

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Course Description

Golf has been played at The Machrie since 1891. Designed by Willie Campbell and more recently modernised by course architect DJ Russell, The Machrie combines the very best of a traditional, historic links course from a previous age, with a modern links. The need for thought, imagination and creative shot-making has not changed throughout the years and carries as much of a premium over sheer power now as it did in 1891

Golf on our highly acclaimed course offers enjoyment and challenge for golfers of all abilities and ages. Other than our stunning 18-hole championship links, we also have the Wee course, a six hole, par-3 course which can be played from different tees. Our all-weather, 5-bay driving range is accompanied by an indoor golf studio which includes a Trackman Golf Simulator to fully analyse your swing. Finally, improve your short game on the beautiful Hebrides putting course



Willie Campbell first designed The Machrie in 1891. At the time he was said to have proclaimed that it was the finest ground for a golf course that he had ever had the pleasure of viewing

When planning the course, he made it intentionally long by 19th century standards to attract golfers to Islay. The Machrie is also unique amongst links courses. Most run alongside the dunes, The Machrie however crosses over the dunes

The Machrie Links hosted a famous match in 1901 between James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Harry Vardon. The Prize money was £100, reputed to be the largest prize of its kind at that time in the British Isles

The Links later hosted the Western Isles Open Championship in June 1935

Course Location

The Machrie Links Golf Course,

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