No 18 – The Machrihanish Golf Club

The journey to the far south-west of Scotland is rewarded with the delights that await at Machrihanish. Old Tom extended this famous Kintyre links from 12 to 18 holes in 1879. In doing so, he created one of golf’s most iconic opening holes where you drive across the beach and carry as much of the Atlantic Ocean as you dare. Set at the remote southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre, the course weaves its way through magical dunes, especially on the front nine. Machrihanish is almost as ruggedly natural now as it was back in Old Tom’s time. Staying focused on the fairways given the beautiful surroundings is no easy task.