Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club Review

July 31st, 2009 10:48


First Name Douglas
Last Name Mcleod
Handicap 10

Course Review and Comments

This is not a course for pansies. If you don't consider walking a part of golf, stay away. If you don't consider nature a part of golf, stay away. If you can't stand the thought of getting an unlucky bounce, stay away. But if you want to experience golf as it was before riding carts and over-manicured fairways became the norm, if you value natural beauty in all its many links golf forms, if you like being surprised by odd lies and the occasional crazy bounce, and especially if you enjoy being challenged by situations that you are unlikely to encounter on other courses, then you should by all means play Machrihanish Dunes and indeed play it more than once. Seems to me that many golfers are so concerned with their "score" they forget to really experience the place they're in or fully appreciate the situations that only places like Machrihanish Dunes will generally present. This course is different -- in a good way. I wish there were more like it.


Date course was played Thursday 23rd of July 2009
Price paid for golf 95
Price comments
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments There are some blind shots, but the yardage book and course guide/spotter are very helpful. And the shots are only blind the first time you play the course. Besides, blind shots are FUN. They're not a negative here, just as they're not at The Machrie on Islay or Lahinch or Prestwick or elsewhere. They bring and element of surprise to the game. This course, to me, is superb because unlike so many dull US courses, you are engaged by every shot and so many shots require odd things like imagination and inventiveness. Evidently, those are things that other reviewers don't value as highly as I do.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments The course is VERY young and will mature. But the turf conditions of the greens and tees are very good considering the course's youth. And the fairways were not bad either.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments There's not much there yet, but it is GREAT to have a practice range available for a quick warm-up before play. This is rare in Scotland.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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