Case study: Machrihanish Golf Course

Close collaboration between DMK Golf Design and Scottish Natural Heritage has resulted in the successful development of a new golf course, Machrihanish Dunes, that is sustainable, resilient and in harmony with the geomorphology, wildlife and landscape. The course was designed not only to safeguard the nationally important conservation interests, but also to be adaptable to changing patterns of erosion and coastal change. The morphology of the dunes has been retained, and there are no hard coastal protection works and development on the mobile dune crest. The greens, tees and fairways are sited well away from any environmentally sensitive areas and a grazing regime implemented to keep the rough under control and help the rare plant life flourish.