The year was 2009 and I’d returned to Scotland to play famous courses I hadn’t played in my youth and Machrihanish was a must. It’s regularly listed as a top golf course in the world and includes what’s been described as, “the world’s finest opening hole”.
It’s now the year 2015 and a lot has happened since 2009. The Ugadale Hotel which sits behind Machrihanish’s first tee has been brought back to life and is listed in, “Great Golf Resorts Of The World”. Likewise the old clubhouse has been refurbished and although it’s now a pub/restaurant it has retained its flavour of being Machrihanish’s original clubhouse. And of particular significance is that with the creation of the Machrihanish Dunes golf links it has made the trip down to the length of the Mull of Kintyre a much more favourable option when planning a golf trip to Scotland.
Old Tom Morris
Sitting in my room at the Ugadale called, “Old Tom Morris,” I recall Old Tom’s words when he first viewed Machrihanish, “The Almichty Maun hae had gowf in his e’e when he made this place.”
Tomorrow I will hopefully have the Almichty on my side as I tee off on the world’s finest opening hole and thankfully the tide will be out so if I don’t carry the beach I can still play off it without penalty.
Here’s the link to the Ugadale and to Machrihanish Dunes
Quote of the Day
“A recent Top 100 survey…Machrihanish is the best value golf course in the British Isles."
- From the Top 100 Golf Courses web site