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4.9
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4.9
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4.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7082 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, which opened in 2009, is the first golf course to be built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest since the days of Scottish golfing pioneer Tom Morris. The golf course is also the first 18-hole links course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years

Machrihanish Dunes' site, set against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, featured 23 "natural holes,” and golf course architect and Scotsman David McLay Kidd, who is internationally acclaimed for his design of Bandon Dunes in Oregon and the Castle Course at St. Andrews, chose his 18 favorites. Basically, only the tees and greens were shaped. The fairways in between and almost all of the rest of the site remain just as nature made them.

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Course Details

Year Built 2009
Golf Season December - February. Peak Season: May - October
Architect David McLay Kidd (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes, for medical reasons
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area No
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Locker Rooms

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Great Britain & Ireland (2020 #11)

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4.8
34 Reviews (34)
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Stunning scenery, incredible layout.

Brilliant course in an incredible setting. The layout is spectacular, and is the scenery. The course uses the ground extremely well, albeit it makes for some exceptionally challenging holes. A must play.

Staff very friendly and the small ‘golf house’ is perfect for the venue. Only downside is how long the course is to walk.
Over 7000 yards off the back tees, and huge gaps between tees mean you probably walk an extra 1-2 miles on your round. Combined with an extremely challenging back nine this is not a course to play if you are low on energy!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

First time - MDGC

A well thought out and challenging Links. The course was everything I hoped for and more. Greens were in excellent condition for the time of year and the contours make for a fascinating game. Pin positions were fair and gettable.

Both Peter and Lorna were on hand to chat in the clubhouse and I could see how passionate they are about the club and course. Great too see.

Really liked the bunkers being allowed to develop naturally. Is actually what Dumbarnie Links are trying to create (played there in August).

If in Scotland you really should make the effort to play here at least once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Better and better

I first played the course in 2012 and was smitten then - returning at least once every year. I’d say that every time I go back, the course has improved and everything else has stayed as good as the first time.
2020 has been the first time I’ve had to pay to play, but the economics of this strange year might have influenced that, coupled with the course now being rated above its illustrious neighbour (which I also hold in the highest regard) in the GB&I 100. Giving it away to residents of the hotel and cottages does seem a little wrong-headed in that light!
Had another great day, great weather, great service from Peter and Lorna, and the ever improving course in great condition for the time of year. See you again next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Machrihanish Dunes

I played this course some years ago when it first opened; it was beautiful, but narrow with ball munching rough absolutely everywhere. What a difference time makes. The course is still beautiful but now much more open and playable, and all the better for it. Players of all standard can have so much fun;; if you are a short hitter you may have to think about where you want to start some holes. I was glad to have my electric trolley, as the course is undulating. There are blind shots, but trust that if you hit at the marker posts the course will open up, and if you are wayward there is a now a good chance in a lot of places that you will find your ball. I arrived very early, received a very pleasant welcome and was invited to just go ahead as the course was quiet. There is a small very adequate club house, as I had a long drive ahead I hoped to have a bacon roll when I finished but on this day at 2:30 the kitchen was already closed for grilled food. However this did not spoil my enjoyment of having played this spectacular golf course. If you like links golf, the welcome and scenery mean you should definitely have a go. I know I want to come back soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Dry & Breezy

This is an amazing course, first time we have played it when there was a substantial breeze.
The wind made it pay much trickier, depending on heading into or out of the wind. Driver into wind 180yds, driver with wind behind 275yds made for unusual club selections. Greens very dry and slick on the day made it difficult to keep the ball on the putting surface. Course in great condition rough very punishing but a great challenge on the day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Won’t get fooled again

Played here on a sunny day with a breeze and my husband. Gentle start with some very interesting holes on the front nine. Both played these under our handicaps and turned for the tenth thoroughly enjoying ourselves. That’s when we ran into trouble. The back nine is a much tougher challenge. Blind tee shots with marker posts to aim for, hidden greens again with a marker post. A lot more hills and places you don’t want to go. Both came off the course feeling thoroughly dejected and beaten up by the wind. However, playing it a second time with what we learned the first time would make it more enjoyable. Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. Long walks between greens and next tee.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great course

Great course in a wonderful setting on a lovely day in August. Friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely come back again and certainly recommend to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fabulous!

A must play course! Greens are fantastic; condition and shapes!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Ma Dunes fun

Great course, some really tricky holes. We played off the white tees but the yellow tees would actually have made it better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mach dunes

The dunes is one of my favourites. I try to go at least once a year. Great layout, fun greens and there's always a warm welcome.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Stunning location and exceptional course

Got a great deal with teeofftimes hot deals and had a great round of golf.
This is not a course for beginners but it's fantastically entertaining for the experienced golfer.
I'll look to play it again when I'm next in this part of the country.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good round on lovely course.

Considering it was only the middle of February the course was in really good condition especially the greens. It was very tricky in the windy conditions. We thoroughly enjoyed our game and will definitely be back. Would certainly recommend the course to anyo

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Just Fabulous

Played The Dunes for the first time today. Loved it. Layout impressed me as did the condition of the course. Excellent welcome from Jock on the Golf House. He even joined me on the 1st tee and gave me the line. Scorching sunshine made this a fantastic visit and the greens were huge and very undulating, offering the course excellent protection given that a few par 4's aren't much longer than 300 yards. Views from the course are fabulous. Can't wait to return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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