Machrihanish Dunes to open in July

It finally appears that golfers making the pilgrimage to Scotland’s historic Machrihanish Golf Club will have the chance to play its much-anticipated sister course.

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, a David McLay Kidd layout, is scheduled for a soft opening May 2, with an official opening July 21, according to the developer, Southworth Development. The 7,300-yard seaside links sits adjacent to historic Machrihanish Golf Club, an Old Tom Morris design, about five miles west of Campbeltown on the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula in southwest Scotland.

Campbeltown used to be a busy port town with nearly three dozen whisky distilleries, and Campbeltown Airport has one of the longest runways in Europe. But the region has been hammered economically in recent decades. With the addition of the second course, the Machrihanish developers and tour operators envision the area becoming a popular stay-and-play destination.

To that end, Southworth Development is building golf cottages and renovating the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish and the Royal Hotel in Campbeltown. Southworth recently purchased what it described as a “controlling interest” in the Kintyre Development Co., which has been developing the property. Southworth has been a minority shareholder since 2006.

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