SCOTTISH FIELD | Swingers ParadiseTuesday, September 18, 2018
Historically, if you were thinking of an autumn staycation built around golf, the chances are you wouldn’t immediately think of travelling to Argyll and the surrounding area. Instead, you’d probably base yourself in Fife or Angus (St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Lundin Links, Elie etc), East Lothian (Muirfield,
Gullane, North Berwick, Archerfield etc), the Ayrshire coast (Prestwick, Troon, Turnberry et al), Inverness and the Black Isle (Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Nairn, Tain, Brora and Lossiemouth) or Aberdeen (Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay or Trump at Menie). Yet Argyll and its environs are home to a great mix of top-notch and enjoyably homely courses. Indeed, if my recent trip to play the three majestically picturesque links courses at the tip of the Mull of Kintyre is any guide, there are few better places to play. Throw in the two world-class courses on Loch Lomond, the courses that pepper the coast, and the spectacular new offerings on Islay and Jura, and you suddenly realise that you have a real gem on your hands.
‘It’s a long way to come but once people get here they are always amazed at the whole experience,’ says Jennie Dunn, the professional at Machrihanish. ‘You’ve got three courses which are completely different, but all have wonderful views, and they never get really busy so you’re not rushed. It’s an amazing place, and once people have been here and discovered it they tend to keep coming back.’