Golf Holidays on Islay
Are you planning a golf holiday on Islay or looking for things to do on Islay? If so the famous Machrie links course offers you an 18 hole course to get your golf skills up to scratch while surrounded in a spectacular setting. Set next to a 9 mile length of unspoilt beach and views over Loch Indaal and the Oa Peninsula you can be excused for a bad shot due to the distractions!
Happy History and Fame…
Willie Campbell constructed the course back in 1891 and in his own words believed ‘it was the best
ground for a golf course that I have ever had the pleasure of viewing’. There are many people who will back him up in his statement. In the 1980’s Donald Steel made a few changes to the course but apart from that it remains very much the same as when it was first constructed making it a traditional links course to play on.
Back in 1901 Harry Vardon, John Henry Taylor and James Bradi graced its greens in the courses claim to fame in the ‘Open Championship’. £100 was the prize money which in those times was the highest prize money in any Open Competition.
‘Putting‘ Natural Hazards in your way…
There are a few natural hazards that present themselves. The presence of sand dunes, Atlantic winds and on occasion our Scottish horizontal rain can make an appearance. However, those committed golfers out there won’t let that deter them and the good news is that because of the Gulf Stream it actually makes the course good to play on in the winter. This is due to little snow or frost making it a year round course to play on. The turf is in fact described as unique and easier to golf on in the winter. If the weather is proving too much you can always opt for a shorter round on the 6 hole course which is less demanding.
So are you ready to pack up those golf clubs and hit the course? If so and you require any further information or you are looking to book your holiday in Islay then please get in touch here or call us on 01496 850382.
*Note: If you are planning a round of golf while on your holiday on Islay it is a good idea to check in with Machrie Golf Course to check the availability of the course for play. You can contact them on +44 (0)1496 302310 or email them here.