Isle of Islay, Scotland
9th hole / 143 Yards / Par-3
Architect: William Campbell (1891), revisions by Donald Steel (1970s),
with most recent redesign by D.J. Russell (2017)
The “new” Machrie Golf Links is an ambitious effort that took the former layout and implemented a complete overhaul to the facility and course. The original design by William Campbell has been totally updated through the involvement of former European PGA Tour player and now architect D.J. Russell.
Located just off Laggan Bay on the Isle of Islay, the links sports a completely revamped look. One hole that plays a prominent role is the 9th. The par-3 is completely new and plays 143 yards from the championship tees. While short on distance the hole has plenty of bite for those failing to pay heed.
The 9th is Russell’s favorite hole and it is where the renovation of The Machrie began. The hole commences from a raised tee heading downhill towards Laggan Bay.
“Good distance control is essential on this deceptively tricky downhill par 3. Controlling both trajectory and accuracy is a real challenge, especially in the wind,” said Dean Muir, Golf Manager. “Miss the large green and there is little chance of recovery from the surrounding dunes, and take care. Don’t be distracted by the stunning views from the tee. The putting surface may appear to be flat at first glance, but there is subtle movement on nearly every putt.”
Renowned short par-3’s such as the 7th at Pebble Beach and the 8th at Royal Troon have long been grand showcases emphasizing precision and perseverance. The 9th at The Machrie looks to join such illustrious holes with both its scenic vistas and shotmaking prowess front and center.
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