By Cameron Reid
Vice President, Sales & Operations
The Machrie on the Island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, had always been a favorite of mine having visited it many times since the 1990’s. Islay is famous as the source of world class malt whisky due to its heavily peat soil which creates a very distinctive flavor of whisky. The golf course was as traditional a Scottish links as you could find with as many as 8 blind tee shots and 8 blind approaches, a throwback to a different era. You had to play it on several occasions to learn the correct lines and how to play in the different conditions that face you. It wasn’t a long course but it didn’t need to be, however you had to find the fairway and that is where the difficulty lay. It was a special place to play golf, the feeling of isolation, just you versus the course and the elements. It was however not for everyone, you could say the course was too hard even for the average player, the blind shots combined with rough so thick you rarely found a ball that missed the fairway.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Australian golfer, Peter Thomson, who shall forever be remembered as one of the great champions in the game.
The reputation we’ve earned over 30 years since 1984 as one of the most respected providers of international golf tours is proudly presented now as one of the most respected providers of international golf cruises. PerryGolf Cruising stands alone to deliver the largest variety of voyages that combine the best golf courses in the world with the world’s most desirable destinations. PerryGolf Cruising with Azamara Club Cruises in 2018 / 2019 / 2020 brings you 25 of the World Top 100 Golf Courses, as recognized by GOLF and Golf Digest Magazines. See the list;
More exciting news for the Old Course at St Andrews – the R&A has just announced the Old Course shall play host to the 2023 Walker Cup.