THE HERALD | 20 Scottish golf courses every fan must play

Monday, April 22, 2019

Machrihanish Dunes is the new kid on the sands, opened in 2009 on a stretch of coast that has hosted the nearby Machrihanish course since 1879.

Gently, with the lightest touch possible, it has been created in a Site Of Scientific Interest and home to five different types of orchid.

Its designer David McLay Kidd described it as a returning of golf to how it should be played: “No longer is it a gentle walk in a garden, it will be a full-fledged mountaineering expedition.”

As a result, with five tees at the ocean’s edge and grass mostly mown by sheep not machines, it feels like playing in nature.

Plus, there’s the comfort of the revamped Ugdale hotel to stay in after your adventure in the wild.

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