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Golf courses Around Oban


This area of Scotland offers the golfer some wide-ranging possibilities for travel, sightseeing and Scottish golf at its local best.

The port town of Oban offers access to island-hopping excursions aboard Caladonian-MacBrayne ferries that connect Scotland's western isles, each of which sports its own local golf course proudly maintained by the locals. Highlights here include Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

From Oban, you can drive north into Scotland's Great Northwest Highlands where you won't want to miss playing Traigh, Gairloch and the Isle of Skye's interesting 9-holer.

You could also drive south, down the peninsula of Kintyre where you will gain access to two of the most enjoyable, yet most remote courses in Scotland - the Macrie course on the Isle of Isla (famous for its single malt distilleries) and Macrihanish with what it claims to be the best opening hole in the world.

Finally, from Kintyre you can hop a short ferry over to the Isle of Arran, one of Scotland's most popular weekend destinations, where you could play, among others, the quirky 12-hole Shiskine course.

World Class Courses

  • Macrihanish – The course at Machrihanish is quite simply one of the finest links courses in the world. It is largely unknown to most golfers, and those who know it want to keep it a secret. Located on the far southern tip of the long Peninsula of Kintyre, it is five miles from the nearest town, has no large hotels and only three bed and breakfasts nearby. Thus, despite the magnificence of the course, Machrihanish can never hope to be the site for any major, world-class competitions. It must remain the best unknown course in Scotland. Machrihanish is a classic links course. The fairways wind through and over ancient sand dunes that have been overgrown with links grasses, and shrubs. Though there are never any large changes in elevation, many shots are blind, over hummocks tufted with straw and gorse or out of depressions that offer shelter from the winds. It is nine holes out and nine holes back, the outbound nine running very near the sea which you can often hear over intervening dunes when the wind is right. The fairways roll, dip and curve, often rewarding the well-aimed runner. Bump it up to the greens if you have the skill, unless, of course, they are guarded by bunkers that can be large and deep. Above all is the joy of hole after different hole, each offering its own particular obstacles and openings to success.

Hidden Gems


  Oban as a Hub for Golf in Scotland  

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