When Old Tom Morris first laid eyes on the spectacular sand dunes of Macrihanish in the late 1800s, he's said to have remarked that the site was "specifically designed by The Almighty for playing golf." He then went out and designed one of the finest courses in the world, one revered by links purists. The course's only shortcoming seemed to be the arduous journey required of golfers to reach the remote course on the Mull of Kintyre, along the western coast of Scotland.
In fact, many feel Macrihanish would have hosted a number of prestigious championships by now if getting there hadn't required a steamboat and carriage in Old Tom's day and a four-hour road trip each way from Troon in the modern age.
Now, with PerryGolf's introduction of the Kintyre Express ocean taxi service as part of its custom golf tours to the British Isles, the stiffest challenges at Macrihanish are all on the naturally undulating fairways and contoured greens of the 6,225-yard, par 70 course.
The 35-foot Kintyre Express ocean taxis are capable of ferrying 12 golfers and their clubs from Troon to Campbeltown in approximately one hour. From there it's a 15-minute trip by motorcoach to the Macrihanish Golf Club.
"Macrihanish has been known as one of the world's hidden gems because of its remoteness," says Gordon Dalgleish, co-founder and president of PerryGolf. "It's still a gem, just not so well hidden anymore."
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