Machrihanish Dunes has become the first 18-hole golf course in the UK to receive Golf Environmental Organization (GEO) Certification for creating and maintaining a sustainable golf course.
GEO is the only international non-profit organization dedicated entirely to helping golf achieve its potential as a social, environmental, and economic asset.
Since 2009, the management team at Machrihanish Dunes has followed GEO’s step-by-step guidelines, and now meets GEO standards across the key areas of landscape & ecosystems, water & waste management, turf maintenance, energy conservation, education awareness and management planning. Machrihanish Dunes will be re-certified every three years to maintain GEO status.
Today, maintenance of the course is also done in an environmentally collaborative manner: sheep are brought on in the off-season to help keep fescue grasses in check and no chemicals or irrigation systems are used on the fairways.
Since its opening in July of 2009, international golf journalists who visited the new links course have labeled Machrihanish Dunes “the next great golf experience.” The course has since graced the covers of many golf publications. The creation of Scottish golf course architect David McLay Kidd, Machrihanish Dunes is the first course ever to have been built on a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and the first links course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years.
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Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is situated in the southwest corner of the Mull of Kintyre,
The official accommodations of the Golf Club, The Ugadale Cottages, are situated in the heart of Machrihanish, moments away from Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre and directly across from the first tee. The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown and The Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish are due to open summer of 2011.