Golf Courses
Craignure Golf Club, Isle of Mull
Situated at Scallastle Bay, a mile and a half north of the ferry port at Craignure, this offers a nine-hole course with eighteen tees for additional interest and challenge. From the course there are lovely views across the Sound of Mull and considerable wildlife interest along this shoreline . The club house is not manned and an honesty box system is in place. Green fees can also be paid at the tourist office opposite the ferry pier. Pre-booking is not required, but please check with the club’s fixture list to avoid any clash with club competitions.
Iona Golf Course, Isle of Iona
This is a gem if you like an informal style of golf! To reach the course you walk to the west of Iona where, after ¾ mile, a gate is reached leading to the Machair. Machair is a Gaelic word which describes an extensive, low-lying fertile plain. Machair sand has high shell content, sometimes as much as 80% or 90% and is found only in the north and west of Britain and Ireland. The Iona Machair was once farmed by the monks of Iona and, more recently, was a place of common grazing shared by the Iona islanders. It now doubles as a grazing area and the island’s golf course. The grass is kept closely cropped by the sheep and cattle, there is no club house but this is more than made up for by the call of the Atlantic ocean stretching westwards, the cry of the seabirds and the feeling that you are far, far away from the madding crowds…. It costs nothing to play on Iona’s golf course but score cards are for sale at £1 each at Iona Post Office (near the jetty) . The golf course sees a sudden surge of visitors for the ‘Iona Open’ which takes place each August. Entry is required a couple of days beforehand, again ask at Iona Post Office (Tel: 01681 700515).
Playing golf on Iona Burn on the Machair, Isle of Iona Looking West, Machair, Isle of Iona Playing golf on Iona
Tobermory Golf Club, Isle of Mull
Tobermory Golf Course is a nine-hole course set on the cliff tops above Tobermory Bay, with splendid views to Ardnamurchan, Loch Sunart, and, on a clear day, the island of Skye. The course is described as ‘hilly and challenging’ but visitors are warmly welcomed both on the course and in the clubhouse afterwards.
“Best nine hole golf course in Scotland”! (The Scotsman, January 2008)
Please check their website for more information.
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