The stunning four-star development on the Mull of Kintyre, which only opened in 2009, came out on top in the magazine’s Scotland’s Best Experience competition, run in conjunction with the national tourism organisation, VisitScotland. Readers were asked to nominate the Scottish golf club or resort that they believe offers the best day out for visitors, with Machrihanish Dunes finishing comfortably on top of the standings.
Scotland, the Home of Golf, is blessed with dozens of superb options for your next golf getaway – places with illustrious names, historic pedigrees, and unforgettable links golf courses.
But when it came time to select the one golf resort in Scotland that offered the very best of everything, the members of Golf Tourism Scotland chose one that had been open just four years: The Village at Machrihanish Dunes.
In November 2013, Machrihanish Dunes earned the coveted GTS Gold Standard Award for ‘Best Resort Experience’, beating off high-calibre competition from such notable names as Gleneagles and Turnberry.
So what makes Machrihanish Dunes so special? For a start, its location.
Machrihanish Dunes is situated on Scotland’s west coast, on the primordial Kintyre Peninsula – right next door to famed Machrihanish Golf Club.
Old Tom Morris, designer of that beloved course, proclaimed that “the Almighty had golf in his e’e when he made this place,” and with two superb courses on offer there now, it was only a matter of time before the world discovered what a magnificent golf setting it is.
The GB&I Top 100 David McLay Kidd-designed links at Machrihanish Dunes features five tees and six greens at the ocean’s edge. It has been called “The world’s most natural golf course” for its raw, minimalist design. As Kidd said upon the completion of the course: “This is purist golf. You’re going to get some good bounces and some bad bounces. You’re going to see some fascinating views. You’re going to see things you’ve never seen before – things you never thought possible on a golf course before. But it is nature, just the way I found it.” The course, which played host to the 2013 International Pairs competition, has earned rave reviews from golfers of all standards – and from all corners of the world. It’s authentic links golf, with blind shots, vexing bunkers and greens that will challenge every part of your short game.
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The ethos of Machrihanish Dunes is that “true links golf courses are not created, they are born of the land.” As such, there are few better places for a new links to be born than within the Kintyre dunes. Designed by Scottish architect David McLay Kidd, construction of Machrihanish Dunes required only tees and greens to be formed new; fairways were simply the original terrain with the grass cut shorter.
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes announced today that it was the winner of two top awards at the Golf Tourism Scotland Excellence Awards, which were presented at the group’s annual dinner held on Friday, 22 November. The two awards it received were the ‘Resort Experience of the Year’ award and the ‘Golf Tourism Scotland GEO Sustainability Award for outstanding environmental practices. Machrihanish Dunes was also a finalist in the ‘Club and Course Experience of the Year’ (Green fee of £75 or less) category and its Ugadale Hotel was a finalist for ‘Accommodation Experience of the Year’ (22 rooms or less). more..
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One of Scotland’s most dramatic golf courses, Machrihanish Dunes, is celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland by herding an unusual bunch of ‘locals’ back onto the course. Keeping it neatly nibbled during the winter months, the maintenance of this stunning coastal course is a labour of love for these ‘natural lawnmowers’; a flock of 40 black Hebridean sheep. more..
One of Scotland’s most dramatic golf courses, Machrihanish Dunes, is celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland by herding an unusual bunch of ‘locals’ back onto the course.
Keeping it neatly nibbled during the winter months, the maintenance of this stunning coastal course is a labour of love for these ‘natural lawnmowers’; a flock of 40 black Hebridean sheep. more…
Playing an 18-hole round of golf at The Village at Machrihanish Dunes could win you a million dollars as part of the “Mach Dunes Million” hole-in-one-contest. Four lucky contestants will be eligible to win the $1,000,000 USD prize; a set of random drawings pulling from a contestant pool who have registered now through October 15th, 2013.