CNN TRAVEL | The best golf courses in Scotland

Saturday, July 7, 2018

For golf off the beaten track, this historic club in the village of Machrihanish lies on the long finger of the Kintyre peninsula on Scotland’s west coast pointing towards Northern Ireland.

Machrihanish, with a famous opening shot over the sea, is another links in classic Scottish tradition, with undulating fairways, firm turf, pot bunkers, gorse, wind and vast views towards the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha.

It’s rarely busy and affords golfers time to savor the bracing breeze and spectacular setting.

Best courses nearby: Machrihanish Dunes, the vision of Australian businessman Brian Keating, opened in 2009 and offers an authentic modern complement to the original course, centered around the revamped Ugadale Hotel.

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