David Mclay Kidd - DMK Golf Design

Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish, Argyll, Scotland

Opened 2009

My family had a summer home here when I was a boy, and my earliest childhood memories are of running on the broad sandy beach and hiding in the steep dunes at Machrihanish. I am thrilled to have fulfilled a personal dream to create a second course in the dunes at Machrihanish, a dream I have mused over my entire career. The genesis of golf came from such landscapes, so we took a "less is more" approach in and among these precious and fragile dunes so as not to disturb the character of the place.

The site has the highest level of environmental protection in the UK; deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We found a way to design and build a golf course on this most fragile of sites and did so with the support and now endorsement of Scottish Natural Heritage.