The Wee Course is a six-hole golfing playground with no bunkers or rough.
It’s just a two-minute stroll from the hotel – perfect for an hour in the fresh air at any time of day.
With six tees and six greens, while there is a prescribed routing, the ingenious design means that you can play from any tee to any green – giving a potential 36 holes to choose from if you have the facility to yourself.
“It was a piece of land that we had available and I suggested a par-3 course,” said its designer, DJ Russell.
“We didn’t quite realise what we were going to create but the challenge was to make every green accessible from every tee so there are actually 36 permutations. When it’s quiet you can play from any tee to any green.
“Most short courses are full of bunkers and small greens and unless you are highly skilful you can’t play them.
“Many of our hotel guests might not have played golf before so I wanted it to be like going to a ski resort when you haven’t skied before – you can visit The Machrie and learn how to play golf while you’re there,” said Russell.
The Wee Course was designed with a wide variety of golfers in mind.
For example, it is the perfect spot for children to enjoy their first taste of links golf.
“What I love to see is great-grandparents out there playing with their little great-grand-kids,” said Russell.
“It’s somewhere that complete beginners and major champions alike can play and enjoy.”
Families can enjoy an hour together on a summer’s evening – there’s no need for a full set of clubs or a bagful of balls.
The same is true for any guests looking to develop burgeoning golfing skills without having to negotiate lengthy par 4s and forced carries.
It is a fantastic practice facility for any golfer – experiment with bump-and-runs and low punch shots and see if you can get up and down from the grassy hollows.
Alternatively, head out with your group for some friendly competition.
“I’ve played the Wee Course with major champions like Woosie (Ian Woosnam, the 1991 Masters winner) and he loved it.
“The winner of each hole got to choose where we went next. That could be as much as 210 yards from the 3rd tee to 6th green or just a short pitch –it can be anything you want.
“The greens are a little bit slower and there are no big contours but otherwise they are the same as on the big course.
“It’s fun going out with one club and experimenting.
“After all – isn’t this this what golf is really all about? You can go and spend hours of fun and it’s different every time. It’s golf as it should be,” said Russell.