Hole-by-hole guide

Get to know the course and start to plan your strategy

The Machrie stretches to 6,782 yards from the black tees, but is a little over 5,100 yards from the front markers.

Our four sets of tees enable golfers to find the right level of challenge for them. No two days are the same on Islay and we like to think our teeing options help to make the course playable and enjoyable regardless of the conditions.

There are two par 3s and one par 5 on the outward nine, with one par 3 and two par 5s on the way in.

Unless you play from the back tees, there are only a couple of par 4s that are over 400 yards.

On any given day, at least two of the par 4s will be within range for the bigger hitters.

Large, undulating greens are a feature of The Machrie. Most are at least 30 yards from front to back and several over 40 yards. That makes club selection even more important than usual – but then again there is great fun to be had in negotiating long putts across several sections of a green.

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.

Click on the hole numbers below to begin your course tour.

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Front Nine

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Back Nine

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