Machrihanish Golf Club is located in Argyll, Scotland, on the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre between the Isle of Arran and the Hebrides. Read more “Machrihanish Golf Club, Campbeltown, Scotland”
Machrihanish was established as a “full” golf course in 1879 when Old Tom Morris expanded it to eighteen holes including the famous first where you have to carry a healthy corner of the Atlantic. If there’s a breeze be happy with five on this very unusual hole. Otherwise, Machrihanish is one of the most natural links there is.
The Kintyre Express, which operates a boat to and from Campbeltown for golfers coming from Turnberry and Troon, has added a second boat to the fleet for the 2011 season which will make it much easier for groups to play both Machrihanish and the newly opened Machrihanish Dunes. The result is that one vessel will now be based in Campbeltown and one in Troon meaning more groups will be able to make the trip across the Mull of Kintyre.
In addition to this, the new boat is an upgraded version, with larger engines, which will make it easier to keep to scheduled crossing times, even in rougher seas. It also means crossings from Ayrshire to Northern Ireland are now much more achievable; so for groups staying at Turnberry, a hop across the water to play Royal Portrush is something that can now be seriously considered.
Images of the new boat are still to be published so watch this space for further details.
By Keith Baird. Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.