Golf in Kintyre
Machrihanish Golf Club was built in 1876 by 'Old Tom Morris' about 20 years before The Warren was built. It boasts the best opening hole of golf in the world and it deserves the accolade. It is a marvelous course and one that people enjoy the challenge, and want to play it again and again and again. We have had golfing groups who stayed at the end of June and were on the Tee at 05.00, came back for a spot of breakfast, out for another round, a spot of lunch at the Clubhouse, another round of golf, a spot of afternoon tea, another round of golf and then back to Clubhouse for dinner and drinkies. Ken Campbell is the Golf Pro and has a well stocked shop . To arrange tee off times click here.
Machrihanish Dunes is a very recent 18 hole links course and most welcome addition to the Kintyre area. A really challenging and natural course that has achieved international reknown in a breathtakingly short space of time. The talented golf course designer, David McLay Kidd, was the main architect of this incredibly beautiful course and he can be seen in the Machrihanish Video section describing his passion for his creation. It is certainly a challenging course!
Dunaverty Golf Course is one of those hidden gems tucked away in the village of Southend at the very tip of the Mull of Kintyre. An 18 hole links it was built in the 1890's and has recently had a new Clubhouse built. It is about 25 mins drive from Machrihanish on good roads. It is a very scenic course with fabulous views across to the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, Ailsa Craig and the Ayrshire coast of Tunbury and Troon. Nowhere near as challenging as the 'beasts' on our doorstep here but it has some fantastic holes of golf and well worth the trip.
Gigha Golf Club a 9 hole course on the Island of Gigha and can be reached by a short Calmac ferry ride from Tayinloan which is about 30 mins drive from Machrihanish up the A83 towards Glasgow. It had its moment of glory in one of the golfing magazines a few years back when it went head to head with the Wisley Golf Club, Surrey on a value for money basis. It was a cracking article and of course the mighty Gigha course came out tops. I confess to having played this course about 15 years ago and it was a wonderful sunny day with the daisies and buttercups in full bloom - needless to say with our yellow and white golf balls we had a terrible time locating the little devils!
Carradale Golf Club a 9 hole links on the east side of Kintyre. It is a long course for a 9 hole course. It has terrific views across to the island of Arran and is an enjoyable course to play.
Tarbert Golf Club a 9 hole parkland course on the southern edge of Tarbert village. It is very different to all the other course on Kintyre but charming nevertheless.