95 The Machrie
Stats: 6,303 yds, par 71, SSS 71
Visitor information: Tees booked from 08.00 to 09.30 am on Sundays and some times booked Saturdays, but visitors welcome all other times
2008 Ranking: 89 (Down 6)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New medal tee at 2nd and at 3rd with new fairway bunker
Golf has been played here on the inner Hebridean island of Islay since 1891 when Willie Campbell laid out a course above Laggan Bay on land he described as singularly well-suited for golf. Not long, it relies heavily on alternative means of defence, including some thought-provoking blind shots and a burn beside the pretty par-3 10th. The links follows an anti-clockwise oceanside loop from the hotel to the 12th before weaving its way home back and forth among the dunes. The only island course in our Top 100.
Panellists’ comments: “A real step-back-intime feel to this dramatic links”; “A bit of a trek, but well worth the effort”