34 MACHRIHANISH

Architect: T Morris
2006 position: 22
Stats: 6,235 yds; par 70; SSS 71
GF: £25-£90
T: 01586 810213
W: machgolf.com

The course at Machrihanish may have one of the most famous and dramatic opening tee shots in British golf, but it is also one of the hardest to get to by road.

The first eight holes are outstanding, and the back nine starts well with two monumental par 5s at 10 and 12.

However, the closing stretch is perhaps a little less memorable, especially the final two.

It may cost you a little in terms of both time and money just getting to this remote links, but the rewards are well worth the effort and all for a very modest green fee.

The journey down does instil a real feeling of anticipation. SP

+ Spectacular setting; world-famous 1st hole played across the Atlantic
– Relatively inaccessible; closing holes weaken the overall package

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