This one’s for homesick ex-pat Scots, golfers who want to recall their trip to Bonnie Scotland and for those who’ve got golfing in Scotland on their bucket list.
As to why Royal Troon? A good friend says he’s got a mate who’s a member and maybe a game for me during my forthcoming trip “Home”.
The Royal Troon video comes from a collection produced by Perry Golf. They’re short video clips and includes views of Carnoustie (Championship Course)…Castle Course, St Andrews…Castle Stuart…Gleneagles (Kings Course)…Machrihanish…Prestwick…Cruden Bay…Kingsbarns Golf Links… North Berwick Golf Club…Old Course, St. Andrews…Royal Aberdeen…Royal Dornoch…Royal Troon (Old Course)…The Machrie…Turnberry (Ailsa Course)…Western Gailes
This ex-pat Scot got great pleasure in viewing The Machrie on the Isle of Islay (pronounced Eye-la)
The fact that it’s included in this select list suggests you should at least investigate the possibility of playing there. And that includes many domiciled Scots who’ve probably never heard of this, forgive the cliché, “Hidden Gem”.
Here’s a wee bit from The Machrie’s web site.
“The Machrie takes its name from the Gaelic word machair, which means the links. Set in the dunes of Islay, and designed in 1891 by Willie Campbell, it is the traditional Scottish links.
Planet Golf rates The Machrie as a strong candidate to join its list of the top 100 courses on Earth. And says its magnificent Hebridean bay is one of the most beautiful locations in world golf.
The Machrie withstands the ultimate test, the test of time.
Walk in the footsteps of the golfing gods.
Play The Machrie.
Play it twice and fall in love!”
I fell in love with it with a few years ago and take every opportunity to promote it as a must play while in Bonnie Scotland
Here’s the link to Perry Golf
Quote of the Day
“There are probably other great links or inland courses that should be included ahead of The Machrie but there are few that offer such unique golfing properties. The Machrie, on the Isle of Islay, is still in its original box, a relic of golf’s earlier days, be it driving over a hill or a blind approach. Not easy to get to but the experience is eminently worth the effort.” - From Welcome to Scotland’s “Scotland's Top Golf Courses”
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