Two of Scotland’s leading clubs, The Machrie and Ardfin, have joined forces to bring visiting golfers a unique Hebridean golfing experience.
For the first time, golf enthusiasts can combine a two-night stay at The Machrie on Islay, with an overnight stay at Ardfin Estates, on the neighbouring island of Jura. The twin-centre trip includes 36 holes on The Machrie Links and 18 holes at Ardfin.
Golf has been played at The Machrie since 1891, with the original design by Scottish professional Willie Campbell, the former Prestwick assistant who finished second at The Open in 1886. The iconic 18-hole championship course has since been fully modernised by course architect DJ Russell, who sympathetically restored the layout to superb the test that it is today.
Played on unique dunelands bordering the magnificent Laggan Bay and set against the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, The Machrie has an unrivalled location. The inspired run-offs and revetted bunkers provide an array of shot selections, while the contoured greens demand plenty of imagination to find the right line to the cup
Meanwhile, Ardfin, located on neighbouring Jura, boasts an 18-hole course designed by legendary architect Bob Harrison. Sculpted into the shoreline at the island’s southern tip, the course is wild and rugged and has been devised to minimise interference with nature. Ideal for those looking for a challenge, the course’s greens are narrow with fewer bunkers required than most due to the challenging cliffside landscape.
The Machrie and Ardfin Estates package is available from now until October 31, and includes 36 holes on The Machrie and two nights’ accommodation with full Scottish breakfast, followed by 18 holes at Ardfin and one night’s accommodation, including breakfast. Return transfers from The Machrie to Ardfin are included, with prices starting from £1,930 per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
For more details, visit www.themachrie.com.