Golf News for Friday, July 19, 2013 | Courses

Scotland's Village at Machrihanish Dunes hole-in-one contest

ARGYLL, Scotland, United Kingdom -- The Village at Machrihanish Dunes announced the kick-off of the "Mach Dunes Million" hole-in-one contest where four lucky participants could win $1,000,000 USD. From 15 July through 15 October 2013, individuals who register and play an 18-hole round at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club will be entered into a set of random drawings that will determine four finalists to shoot for the "Mach Dunes Million" on 26 October 2013.

The contest will take place on the picturesque 14th hole at Machrihanish Dunes, a 167-yard par-3, considered to be one of the best par-3 holes in the UK. Each finalist must be an amateur golfer and will have one (1) shot to attempt an ace. A successful and verified hole-in-one will land the golfer a cool $1,000,000 USD.

To qualify for the drawing, players must be 18 years of age, pre-register at the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Shop and complete an 18-hole round at Machrihanish Dunes between 15 July 2013 and 15 October 2013. Finalists will be chosen on four separate dates during this three-month period at random from the qualified and registered pool of entrants. The finalist chosen in each of the four drawings will be announced upon meeting contest requirements and confirming a commitment to return to Machrihanish Dunes for the "Mach Dunes Million" hole-in-one contest on 26 October 2013. For more information and full terms and conditions of the event, please visit

A small tournament was held 6 July 2013, where twenty random players at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club were approached by an "Old Tom Morris" impersonator, who presented them with the immediate opportunity to swing for $1,000,000 USD. Players then teed off in an attempt to ace the 167-yard, par-3, 14th hole. A short video with footage from this impromptu tournament, including "Old Tom" Morris, the hole-in-one attempts, and colourful commentary can be viewed at:

"With the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, and the Open Championship taking place now at Muirfield, we wanted to add some excitement for the leisure and amateur golfer," said David Southworth, President and CEO of Southworth Development, owner of Machrihanish Dunes. "With Scotland having such a rich history in the sport, it will be fun to offer a potentially richer future for some lucky golfers."

For a complete review of the full terms and conditions and prizes for this contest, please visit For information on Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course, accommodation and transportation to Kintyre, please visit

For more information on the Mach Dunes Million or The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, please contact Cindy Lawrence, or call (+01) 617-630-4906.

About The Village at Machrihanish Dunes
The vision of the Village at Machrihanish Dunes was to create a world-class seaside resort, including a U.K. Top-100 links golf course, four-star accommodations, dining and other facilities in one of Scotland's most beautiful regions. The course was the first 18-hole course in the U.K. to earn certification from the Golf Environmental Organization, and was named the most ecologically-friendly course in the world by ABTA Golf Magazine in 2012. The course was designed by David McLay-Kidd, who as a child played in the same dunes where he ultimately laid out the Machrihanish Dunes golf course. The course opened in 2009 on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the first course ever to be built on such a site and also the first to be built on the west coast of Scotland in over 100 years.

As the most ambitious resort development ever created in Argyll, The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is hosting visitors from around the globe, as well as a variety of international competitions in 2013, including the Machrihanish Dunes Hickory Open to be held in September, and the 15th Annual International Pairs Competition scheduled for October, 2013.

Media Contact:
Cindy Lawrence, or call (+01) 617-630-4906.

Southworth Development LLC, through its affiliated companies, is the primary owner, developer and manager of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club and luxury accommodations in both Machrihanish and Campbeltown, Scotland.

Grants to the restoration of the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish and The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown in cooperation with: Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding support; the Campbeltown Town Centre Regeneration Project (Argyll & Bute Council), a special grant to the Royal Hotel by the Scottish Ministers, through Historic Scotland under the Historic Environment Regeneration Fund.