The golf course officially opened in July 2009 to a design by David McLay Kidd of Bandon Dunes fame. It is the first true links to be built on the West Coast of Scotland in over 100 years. Set hard against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Dunes has breathtaking views from six greens and five tees placed at the ocean’s edge. The course has a completely natural design making best use of the wonderful links terrain and can stretch to over 7,300 yards from the championship tees it is set to become a true test of links golf.
Owner of Machrihanish Dunes, David Southworth, said,
Here at Machrihanish Dunes we are very proud of our eco friendly status. By using the natural lawnmowers to thin out the rough on the course we are able to help preserve several rare and protected species of orchids that grow here on this site and in few other places. The added benefit is visitors can enjoy the company of these unique companions as they play a round.
VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay added,
These woolly wonders will have people flocking to see them in action, mowing this truly breathtaking golf course.