Courses & TravelAugust 18, 2011

Dream Trip to Scotland, Day 4: Macrihanish

Kevin Daly is a good friend who's on a dream golf trip to Scotlandwith his brother Mike. After he sent me his itinerary -- 21 rounds in 14 days -- I asked him to file a series of trip reports, which I'd post to the blog. Here's Day 4:*

  •               __[Machrihanish Golf Club:](http://www.machgolf.com/)__ We caught an early ferry back to Kennacraig. From there, a one-hour drive to Machrihanish, which is just outside Campbeltown. The first hole, appropriately named "Battery," is advertised to be the finest opening hole in all of golf. I agree, but please feel free to judge for yourself:
    

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__Lunch:__We had a quick snack and went back out at 4:20 p.m., into 35 mph winds. Yes, the ball wobbled on the greens and the wind was deafening. By the back nine, playing all day in such a pounding wind, took its toll and I was happy that I could still stand. Scores: Mike 83; Kevin 100.

Dinner: After 8 p.m., there are not too many places to eat in Campbeltown, but we found a great Indian restaurant called Taj Mahal Tandoori ($33).

The big news around here is the new course, Macrihanish Dunes, which is just down the road from Machrihanish. We didn't play it, but heard varying reports about it. Traditionalists told us it's better to play Machrihanish twice and skip the Dunes course. One local said, "It's cart golf -- 200-yards from green to tee and no history whatsoever -- you can do that in the States." Others were enthusiastic and said that it's a wonderful links experience.

Bottom line: Booked both Macrihanish tee times in January. It was $150 all day (you should play it twice!). The pullcart was $8.

Lodging: Overnight at White Hart Hotel in Campbeltown for $58, which included breakfast.

Total cost of day 4: $249__Four-day total:__$1,459

--Kevin Daly.

(Day 5 will post on Tuesday. Follow me on Twitter @Matt Ginella.)*

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