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Written by Scott Currie   
Saturday, 23 June 2012 17:12

The Machrie have put some proposed course changes into the Argyll & Bute planning system (as they will be working within Sites of Scientific Interest), specifically to the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th and 11th holes.  You can view these proposals on the website below - click the "documents" tab, then "view associated documents", then the very last document listed "plans combination" is what you want to look at - its a bit clunky to see what is going on, but the new 10th  and 11th will be somewhat challenging in my opinion!

 http://publicaccess.argyll-bute.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=M3ICQSCHCH000

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 16:27
 

Machrie Golf Course Isle of Islay

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Hole 2 KINTRA

Driver to elbow. Long hitter may cut the corner and allow iron to green. Beware out of bounds in burn.

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Hole 4 CRANNAG

Gaelic for pulpit, the hole being placed in an elevated position with a flat area below.

Good par four at any time.  Three good blows to get up in two given east wind. Elevated green.

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Hole 3

Hole 5 

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Hole 6 Lag

Means 'hollow', indicating the position of the putting green

Lay up to ridge for short iron to green.

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Hole 5

Hole 7 

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Hole 8 MANIPUR

'Another maiden, but why so named the historian deponeth not. Let us suppose it is to the honour of the gallant lady whose heroism has lately made the name familiar.'

Full drive to fairway. Mid iron over guarding hill to hidden green.

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Hole 7

Hole 9 

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Hole 10 Machrie Burn

Situated next to the Machrie Burn.

Mid iron to receptive green. Account for extra wind round right hill. Beware water hazards on both sides.

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Hole 9

Hole 11 

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Hole 12 New Mount Zion

This hole has similarities with a hole from the original course layout, called "Mount Zion"  because of the elevated Green.

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Hole 11

Hole 13

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Hole 14 HEATHER HOLE

(The hole has been altered slightly since this quote from Kerr)

'So called because of the short heather that covers the ground it does not interfere much with the lie of the ball, and a good second, with cleek or brassie again brings us to a fine green in another wider hollow, where on a hot day it is very tempting to try some Islay nectar in the shadow of the sloping banks.'

Full drive required to left dogleg. Non receptive green for second or third shot. Par four very good.

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Hole 13

Hole 15

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Hole 16 DRUIM 

Means ridge and describes the nature of the ground.

Full drive and second shot required for this difficult hole. Par four is a success.

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Hole 15

Hole 17 

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Hole 18 MACHRIE

'A capital sporting hole reminding us in some respects of the 17th at Prestwick.'

Long drive down right side of fairway is safest line. Full iron over guarding hill to hidden green. Mark your cards well away from greenside. The following match knows where the green is.

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Hole 17

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Hole 1 An Avon (AN ABHUINN )

  1. Named because of its location 'near the river'.
  2. Driver or long iron allows view of hidden green. Beware hidden frontside bunker.

     

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Hole 3 Achnamara

Full drive allows chip into punch bowl green. Birdie available.

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Hole 5 Laird's Ain 

Being the only hole not requiring a wood from the tee Kerr suggests it was nicknamed 'Duffers Delight' before he convinced the club officials to add a bunker in front of the green.

Any club from seven to driver for 196 yard par three. Aviod large frontside bunker and pothole to right. Room at back.

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Hole 4

Hole 6 

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Hole 7  THE SCOTSMAN'S MAIDEN

Named after the country's chief newspaper in recognition of its great interest in golf at Islay and the many articles written by Mr. W. Croal, 'one of the most able writers on the game and a frequent visitor to Machrie.' at the time the course was laid down.

Full drive at anytime for 170 yard carry of high dune to reach fairway. Mid iron required to hidden green. Bunker at rear. Drive well to left if in doubt of distance.

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Hole 8 

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Hole 9 GLENEGEDALE

Named after adjoining farm. Kerr quotes the Secretary's remarks on the two alternative long holes. 'It would be the occasion of some Bible language being used but it would also give rise to a good deal of fun.'

Full drive to three levels of fairway. Long iron to generous green.

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Hole 10 

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Hole 11 The Skor

Named after a strangely shaped hill in the   background scenery.

Full drive to right dog-leg. Beware out of bounds on right. Long iron to elevated green. Bunker guarding front right.

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Hole 12 

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Hole 13 Lochindaal

Named after the sea loch adjacent to the golf course.

Full drive to left dogleg. Avoid left rough if cutting corner for second shot. Chip to green but beware forward guarding pot bunkers and greenside bunker.

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Hole 12

Hole 14

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Hole 15 WILLIE'S FANCY

Thought to be Willie Campbell's favourite hole but Kerr suggests that, pre-golf course days, this was also the area chosen for a putting green by a local worthy named Willie.

Lay up to ridge for mid iron to green. Birdie possible.

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Hole 16

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Hole 17 IFRINN

Hell!!

Full drive to ridge. Mid iron over hill to hidden green. Large sandhole on greenside of hill to be avoided. Undulating green makes a four a bonus

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Hole 16

Hole 18

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