The Ryder Cup Visits Machrihanish Dunes

The Village at Machrihanish Dunes had an unusual visitor this week – the Ryder Cup!  More than 250 people came out to the resort’s Royal Hotel in Campbeltown to see the Cup, have their pictures taken with it, and revel in the pre-tournament excitement leading up to the main event at Gleneagles later this month (September 23-28).

Mach Dunes was the second stop on the Trophy’s week-long tour of the “four corners” of Scotland.  The tour, organised by the Ryder Cup officials in conjunction with VisitScotland, includes Scottish golf courses located at Scotland’s most Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western corners that participate in the ClubGolf junior initiative programme. 

The trophy arrived in dramatic fashion, arriving via helicopter and landing with celebrity-level poise on the dunes of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club.  After a quick photoshoot, the Cup drove out to The Royal Hotel to give hotel guests, locals, and anyone else who came out a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it in person.  In just one hour, 250 people came through the hotel, viewing and snapping shots of the trophy, wrapping up the experience with coffees, teas, and a couple hundred smiles.

We were thrilled just to have the Ryder Cup tournament return to Scotland for just the second time in the event’s 40-year history.  After all, its return has turned heads back to the Home of Golf, and encouraged golfers all over the world to come play golf the way it was originally intended.

But to have the Cup itself actually come to Machrihanish and Campbeltown?  We were simply over the moon.  A special thanks to VisitScotland for making this incredible event a reality.

And remember to enter Mach Dunes Ryder Cup Sweepstakes and choose who you think will win this year’s event.  You could win a Stay & Play for two, and you get a free round of golf JUST FOR ENTERING!  Click here for more information.

Read more about the Ryder Cup Tour here.