The Machrie Links provides a great variation of holes, which include risk and reward driveable par 4s and strategically challenging par 5s. The playability and variation can very much change on a daily basis with the moving of the pin or the slightest change in wind direction.
The yardage on the scorecard can at times be very misleading. However with a choice of four sets of tees the Machrie Links is playable and more importantly enjoyable for all.
Stand-out holes include the 5th, where you play downhill towards Laggan Bay, aiming your drive at a marker post to bring a green quite stunningly located in a large, bunkerless hollow into view.
The next three holes run parallel to the sea before the playful short 9th – just a clip with a short iron in the right conditions to the green below.
The back nine begins with a long par 4 that climbs gently uphill towards a green nestling in some low dunes. It is the first of three challenging yet exceptionally attractive two-shotters on the inward nine.
The course concludes with a par-4 that is a nod to The Machrie as it was – a dogleg that turns sharply right towards a green completely obscured until you get to within 150 yards or so of it – and then a par-5 heading back up towards the hotel, the kind of hole that you might reach in two one day and then come to grief on the next.
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