Machrihanish Dunes Wins Sustainability Award

Machrihanish Dunes has been recognised on a worldwide level by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) after winning their inaugural sustainability award. Machrihanish Dunes took home one of 14 awards handed out, which was ‘Sustainable Golf Course of the Year’ in recognition of its “outstanding and inspiring work as a minimal-impact golf course, in harmony with its natural environment.”


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Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club Named IAGTO Sustainability Award Winner

It was announced today that Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club in Machrihanish, Scotland has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Golf Award by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), in partnership with GEO (Golf Environmental Organization). This IAGTO Sustainability Award was given to Machrihanish Dunes in recognition of its “outstanding and inspiring work as a minimal-impact golf course, in harmony with its natural environment.”

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The Ugadale Dale Hotel wins ‘Best Hotel’ at Scottish Golf Tourism Awards

The Ugadale Hotel was recently awarded the honour of being named ‘Best Hotel’ in the 21 – 50 rooms category by Scottish Golf Tourism. Everyone here at Machrihanish Dunes is thrilled and extremely proud of  The Ugadale Hotel and all their hard work that went into winning this prestigious title.

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The Resort Lifestyle: Everything Money Can’t Buy

“Not too long ago, there was only “must have” for a new resort – golf. Now, the number of features and amenities almost considered mandatory continues to grow, while qualities such as authenticity, heritage and ties to the local culture are emerging as important characteristics. Golf still ranks near the top in desirable resort attributes, but it’s not the only game in town. Shooting, equestrian, paddle boarding, fishing and the arts are only a few options finding their way into the experience, along with a very different slant on food and wine.”

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Scotland course goes back to Bend architect’s roots

The Bulletin, an Oregon-based local newspaper, recently featured Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club in their October Sports section. The state of Oregon is where the noted Scottish golf course architect, David McLay Kidd, first made his mark on the world at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Kidd grew up in the area of Machrihanish, so this project was very personal to him.

In the article, Kidd explains the trials and tribulations he faced while creating this unique course nestled into the Kintyre Peninsula. Machrihanish Dunes was built on a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, meaning they needed the government’s consent to do the little earthmoving required to build the now Top-100 links course.

The article notes that, as a result of these unavoidable obstacles, Kidd’s design has more blind shots than even the most experienced golfers might be used to, along with some very long walks between holes.

The article goes on to note that, while the course, had a few spotty reviews at the beginning, “…time is a great healer. The course managers and the environmentalists have forged a new, more collaborative relationship, leading to extensive changes. Kidd’s father, Jimmy, a noted greenkeeper who has a house in the area, has overseen the building of several new greens, while fairways have been widened and the rough thinned. […] the Dunes is starting to mature in a way that a course built 100 years ago would, with its faults ironed out as they are revealed. ”


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