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Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

Port Ellen PA42 7AN, Scotland
Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Munich
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We played two rounds on this course which is currently (and until the end of the season) undergoing major reconstruction. Several holes had "winter greens", many fairways were sanded. Lorries, diggers and other vehicles are on the course. To charge 50 GBP for this experience is not ok, half the price would be fair. I only rated the course, the... More 

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Sollentuna, Sweden
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161 reviews 161 reviews
64 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mixed emotions for one, ended up with a four. The facilities is a pure disaster and even if it is closed awaiting renovations it should never have been allowed to slip this far. Mould on the walls, no food (not even sandwiches) and polluted tap water (bottled water available though). The course itself is under renovation so some of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great setting, wind-swept dunes by the beach. HOWEVER: currently (since 2014 ?) under re-development. Most holes have either temporary Tees and/or greens. Building machinery and materials everywhere, large swaths of fairways ripped open, no signs, markers etc. anywhere. Only one word for it: Horrible ! Attitude of staff hostile and downride rude (we initially were refused to come into the... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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165 reviews 165 reviews
34 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We played this twice in cold and windy weather with a little rain both days. This course has a lot of blind shots and we used local caddies both days. We could not have played it without them. Made a couple of birdies and many pars. The course and land has been bought by a tycoon who is currently changing... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This famous golf course is undergoing serious re-development. So if you want to play what is left of the original quirky course do so soon. We found that where the original course was still intact we had great golf holes to play but, especially in the back nine, we were playing through sand, diggers and the bones of the new... More 

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Montrose
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited Islay for golf on three occasions; 1999, 2001 and 2005 with a different group of friends each time. The course is indeed wonderful, although a couple of my companions objected to the blind shots. Bernard Darwin famously said that a shot is only blind the first time you play it. On one trip we played 4 days and had... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Played early May 2014 - wonderful links course well maintained - millionaires golf! Unfortunately the facilities are 'in limbo' which may be reflecting in the staff's attitude - hostile is the only word we can use to describe the reception that greeted us. The rest of Isaly residents were so hospitable and welcoming so Machrie really letting the island down.... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Machrie Golf Club has always been on my 'bucket list' so this year was the time. We knew the hotel was in rough shape so booked a local B & B (Bridgend Hotel) for one night. Played the course the next day and weren't disappointed. Had heard that there were 14 strictly blind shots so went to great lengths... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

Have been going to The Machrie now for 23yrs and look forward to our yearly soujourn. O.K. so it's not 5 star but the course, the staff, the scenery and the food have always been 1st class. The beds are clean and need an upgrade but as we only sleep there it really does not matter. We had already booked... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

I will be travelling to Islay in May 2011. I contacted a B&B for a reservation and, among other things, was informed that the hotel and golf course are in receivership. Islay Golf Club reports that the course continues to operate and maintenance continues. I have not gotten word on the hotel.

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