Machrie Golf Links
Port Ellen,
Isle of Islay, Argyll PA42 7AN
Tel : +44 (0)1496 302310 Fax : +44 (0)1496 302404

Manager: Ian Brown Tel : +44 (0)1496 302310

Machrie Golf Links course was originally laid out by Willie Campbell in 1891. Apart form a few changes made in he late 1907's by Donald Steel, the course remains very much the same as when Willie Campbell first constructed it. Thus it is a traditional links course. The Machrie's main claim to fame is its own Open Championship of 1901 which included the 'Great triumvirate' of harry Vardon, John henry Taylor and James Braid. It had the highest price of any Open competition at that time of £100!

Clubs and trolleys are available for hire and caddied can be arranged on request. Adjacent to the course is the Machrie Hotel with has 16 twin bedrooms, together with 15 two bedroom lodges available for golfing mini-breaks.

Follow the A846 from either Port Ellen or Port Askaig ferry. 2 miles from airport. Free transfers available upon request.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 16 Sept 1998.
Driving range.

Course Details

Course Name: Machrie Links Holes: 18 Yardage: 6226 SSS: 70
Sand dunes provided a natural hazard that will challenge most golfers and even the most experienced of golfers will find something testing about the course.

For an appreciation and independent view of this course please see golfer reviews.

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  • Europe Golf courses reviews Fergus Adrian 08/01

    Fergus Adrian wrote on: Jul 31, 2001

    Played mid August 2001 for two days. I'd have played at night too if it was floodlit!!This is great fun, simply exhilarating and, with as many as half a dozen blind approaches to confront, a real test of nerve. Luck plays a part, but remove this and our sport is the poorer. It may be an acquired taste but I'll take it every time.
    Highlights for me are stretches 4, 5 and 6 and 13, 14 and 15. Not to mention 7, 8 and 9 that run hard alongside the beach at Laggan Bay. This is golf at its most primal, though in great condition in spite of the 3 weeks of heavy rain that preceded our visit. Very welcoming and courteous hotel and course staff. They can be proud.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Bill Hands 09/00

    Bill Hands wrote on: Aug 31, 2000

    Don't want to tell the truth about this course as everyone will want to visit !!!!!!!! Just spend your money and you will want to come back time and time again.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews David Bradley 08/99

    David Bradley wrote on: Jul 31, 1999

    I had the opportunity to play the course back in 1996 with Neil Armour of Glencruitten Golf Club in Oban.
    I found the course to be one of the best courses that I have played in Scotland.
    The course was in excellent shape(hats off to the greens keeper), and the hospitality of the staff is unsurpassed.
    PGA Professional


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Bob Larive, Hdcp 6 06/99

    Bob Larive, Hdcp 6 wrote on: May 31, 1999

    Played the course twice.
    Excellent track. The sand dunes are spectacular. More blind shots than any other course I have played. Great condition and lots of trouble if you get off the fairways. Some of the more difficult holes anywhere when the wind is blowing hard: as it is prone to do in Scotland.
    We would play it again anytime.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews K Nash 05/99

    K Nash wrote on: Apr 30, 1999

    Wonderful golf course. Fun to play. Not crowded. Great condition. Adjacent hotel a delight. Can't wait to try it again! Some interesting blind shots.
    To get to the golf course from the hotel, one just walks through an archway and the first tee is right there. A delightful thing too is the old fire-truck that is used for course watering. The reservoir is simply filled and the course is watered using the old fire hoses.