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Episode 81 – Golf On Scotland’s Western Islands


Ru is joined by Golf World Course Editor Chris Bertram who relives his recent assignment exploring Scotland’s remote and often wild Western Isles. Courses discussed include Turnberry, Royal Troon, Shiskine, Machrie, Ardfin on Jura and both courses at Machrihanish. Got a question? question@scottishgolfpodcast.com


The basis of the interview and topic of discussion was based on this opinion piece by Ru Macdonald published by Ottawa Golfer entitled the Emergence of Scotland’s Next Golf Destination.


Turnberry (The Mainland)

We begin the episode on the mainland but within sight of Scotland’s golfing isles. The pair discuss the topical overhaul of Turnberry’s Ailsa Course which Chris was witnessed to first-hand with a tour by lead architect Martin Ebert. The philosophy of the changes looks to utilise the course’s proximity to the coast. For more information on the course changes you can refer to the overview in more detail here.


Shiskine, Isle of Arran

Chris during his Golf World assignment made his first visit to the Isle of Arran which is visible from Turnberry and along the Ayrshire coastline. Pictured the most visited course on the island, Shiskine, a 12 hole wonder!  Machrie on the Isle of Islay has long been the outpost for the true golfing connoisseur in search for an authentic links experience. The work, set for completion in the summer of 2016 will see much of the current fairways altered to limit the blind shots for those tactful enough. The extensive ongoing development will also see a great deal of improvement to the hotel on site making the Machrie a true stay & play destination on Scotland’s golfing isles.

Isle of Jura

The project with most intrigue due to the understated manner of the owner is the new course on the neighbouring Island of Jura. The layout which encompasses the Ardfin Estate is spectacular with a range of demography and countless stunning views. You can read more about this project and it’s owner here.

Scotland’s newest golf course could be the most picturesque yet! https://t.co/CpbU8PtTVh Image K Borkowski? pic.twitter.com/tnlxTbXHwt — Scottish GolfPodcast (@ScotGolfPodcast) November 21, 2015

Favourite Course – Shiskine
Favourite Lodging – Ugadale (Machrihanish Dunes)
Favourite Shot – 1st Machrihanish GC
Misconception – Price
Equipment Option – Galvin Green
Parting Advice – Plan carefully

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Useful links:
Chris Bertram on Twitter
Chris Golf World Machrihanish Feature
Flype Flights To The Isles
Ferries To The Isles

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