Specially designed by the Almighty for playing golf (Old Tom Morris)
A course set out initially in 1876, extended by Old Tom Morris to 18 holes from the original 10, and later slightly amended by Open champion J H Taylor and Sir Guy Campbell. In an era when virtually all courses have face lifts, tucks and liposuction Machrihanish remains its own self. Proud of its lines, wrinkles and creases – Machrihanish is driving Miss Daisy.
Don’t Look Back in Anger
No one is quite sure when the course was first used but it has gone through 3 iterations since I played it in the 1950s. The course then had no official car park, just a rough road to some waste ground at the side of the first green. Very few cars. Virtually all the members walked from the town as I did all the years I played there.
No 1 – Deer Park. A true par 5 in the conditions. Bairds’ Burn on the left hand side coupled with rough trees and bunkers. So the shot is straight or up the right hand side on this right to left dog leg. Robert, a 20 handicapper, understands that and hits a very good ball, dead centre. (He only took the game up recently to give him a sport he could play with his teenage son.) I have played all my life and don’t. I pull my drive.
Amanda asks a slightly non-caddy type question. ‘Where did it go?’