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The Arran Golf Pass is available from the seven golf clubs and all hotels, guest houses, self catering operators and caravan sites around the island as well as through Ayrshire & Arran Tourist Board. Most are able to offer inclusive discounted golf packages throughout the season April until October. Golf holiday packages can also include the return car ferry crossings from Ardrossan and Claonaig.
Nestling below Drumadoon Cliffs at Blackwaterfoot, Shiskine's challenging and picturesque 12-hole layout is truly one of the hidden gems in the world of golf. Founded in 1896, the original nine-hole course was laid out by the famous Willie Fernie of Troon. The course is crossed by two burns and has many distinguishing characteristics including the longest par five on the island at 509 yards. There are several blind holes at which various signals indicate when the green is clear and it is safe to play. The holes have picturesque names such as 'The Crow's Nest', 'Paradise' and 'Hades' which give an indication of their distinctive features.
Lamlash is the island's oldest golf club and is a wonderfully scenic golf course. It can cater for the most discerning touring golf enthusiast and the clubhouse overlooks the magnificent 18th green one of the finest finishing holes on the island, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Arran landscape.
Whiting Bay Golf Club - Arran is served by regular ferries serve the island and the journey from the mainland takes just 55 minutes. Whiting Bay is just twenty minutes' drive from the ferry and is situated on a hillside with superb panoramic views across to Holy Isle and the mainland coast. Visitors are made to feel very welcome and can enjoy inexpensive golf on what is a scenically beautiful course.
Lochranza is a golf course for people who understand the deeper elements of playing golf in beautiful locations. Many find it demanding and challenging, some even tricky, while most enjoy its many natural features.
Those who have the necessary self-control can manage their round and achieve a rewarding score, while those who lose the place can easily hit the 100 mark. Some quite low handicappers have failed miserably when others have shown that practised skills and good course management will do the business.
Located on the north side of the isle of Arran, Brodick Golf Club is the first golf course you will come to when you step off the ferry. There are, incidentally, seven golf courses on the island. Brodick is a very flat parkland/seaside course and adjoins a beach. It was established in 1897 proving that golf has been played on the island for a very long time. At over 4, 000-yards it is extremely short and features mostly par threes, so those who are good shot makers will fare best.
Machrie Bay is a small but quite interesting nine-hole situated 12 miles from Brodick in the village of Machrie on the south side of Isle of Arran. It is ideal for getting rid of your aches and pains after the long drive up. The first is great wee hole with the beach on one side and the road on the other. But you will need to be quite straight off the tee if you are to make par. The second is another good hole, where a nice little chip over a mound to a hidden green will get you on a roll. Each hole is full of character, a true facet of a Scottish island golf course.
Although quite small, Corrie Golf Course you will have to have a certain amount of control over your ball if you are to put together a decent looking card. Notable holes include the fourth, where there's a sign by the green warning of snakes! On a clear day, this is easily one of the most beautiful golf courses in Scotland and well worth the short trip form the mainland.