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Shiskine Golf Club: A Delightful Gem on the Isle of Arran

My introduction to Shiskine unfolded on a scorching summer day in 2013, following a golfing retreat at Machrihanish. Could any course match the allure of Machrihanish? The answer revealed itself at Shiskine Golf Club on the Isle of Arran, where every hole resonates with a touch of magic.

A Masterpiece of Design

A short drive from Brodick, across the Isle of Arran, is the village of Blackwaterfoot.  It is home to Shiskine Golf Club and offers breath-taking views of the Kilbrannan Sound to the Kintyre Peninsula. Despite boasting only 12 holes, Shiskine is a masterpiece, providing two hours of pure golfing joy. As you wrap up the final hole, a massive smile is almost mandatory, setting the perfect mood for a visit to the clubhouse that opened its doors in 2010.

Not Your Average Short Course

Shiskine is a par 65 course, with only one par 5 and the rest being short par 4s and par 3s. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just a pitch and putt. The course presents challenges with blind shots, uphill and downhill slopes, and greens that demand careful consideration. The par 3 third hole, “The Crow’s Nest,” is a prime example. A seemingly impossible tee shot with a cliff of rock in view, this hole is a heart-pounding experience, leaving you in awe of the clever design.

Strategic Challenges and Scenic Beauty

From the elevated 4th tee, capturing the stunning views becomes almost mandatory. The 5th hole looks out to sea, the 6th challenges with out-of-bounds along the right, and the Himalayas (the 7th) features a quirky par 3 with a unique signal system. The 9th hole, the only par 5, invites you to let loose, but beware of the blind second shot. The 10th tee offers a breathtaking panorama, setting the stage for “The Hollows” at the 11th, a blind 196-yard par 3. The finale at the 12th is a cute 120-yard par 3, leaving you eager for more.

Strategic Challenges and Scenic Beauty

From the elevated 4th tee, capturing the stunning views becomes almost mandatory. The 5th hole looks out to sea, the 6th challenges with out-of-bounds along the right, and the Himalayas (the 7th) features a quirky par 3 with a unique signal system. The 9th hole, the only par 5, invites you to let loose, but beware of the blind second shot. The 10th tee offers a breathtaking panorama, setting the stage for “The Hollows” at the 11th, a blind 196-yard par 3. The finale at the 12th is a cute 120-yard par 3, leaving you eager for more.

Exploring Arran: Beyond the Greens

Arran isn’t just about golf; it’s a haven for enthusiasts of diverse activities. Whether it’s walking, cycling, sailing, kayaking, or water sports, the island has it all. Apart from Shiskine, there are six other golf courses to explore. Don’t forget to indulge in Arran’s local produce and, for whisky enthusiasts, a visit to the Isle of Arran Distillery is a must. For a different olfactory experience, Arran Aromatics, makers of luxury bath products, beckon.

Getting There and the Future of Golf

Arriving from Claonaig to Lochranza or Ardrossan to Brodick, the journey to Arran is as picturesque as the island itself. And as we contemplate the joy of Shiskine, it raises an intriguing prospect: shorter, more enjoyable courses. Perhaps, like in Canada, these could be the key to fostering interest in golf among the younger generation, aligning with the constraints of modern life with a shorter, more exhilarating golfing experience. Shiskine Golf Club – an epitome of golfing delight and a gem on the Isle of Arran.

Platinum Golf Scotland Testimonials

Marc and I would like to thank you for the beautiful journey you prepared. Everything was well organized, timing, convenience, réservations, etc. All the people we met were so kind to us that we felt just like home. Golf in Scotland is the best place and this east coast is just gorgeous we leave the country with the ambition and hope to be back.

Michel & Marc

It was so nice to meet you and Stuart in person as well.  Clearly you take great interest in your clients’ satisfaction, and it shows.  As we may have mentioned, we had never been to Scotland or the UK and this trip exceeded all of our expectations.  And as lovers of golf, the experience was utterly unforgettable.  Thank you again for the lovely gifts you shared with us upon arrival.

We loved our trip.  If we booked it again tomorrow (we wish we could!) we wouldn’t change a thing except maybe substitute a different hotel for Loch Green.  Thank you for making our “bucket list” trip so special. 

Russell & Kelly

Thanks again for a fantastic trip !

We look forward to the next one !

We have had a great time in London too although it’s been a bit overwhelming! What a city!

Keith

Dear Lynda Yes we got the bag tags, thank you very much. And thank you for the great organisation. Everything went absolutely smoothly and even though we had a bit of an adventurous journey home with flight delays and cancellations we returned home with many great memories of a fantastic trip.

We will get in touch when we plan our return trip.

Kind regards Fiete

Fiete

Thank you for this wonderful experience and for helping to make this trip a dream come true for all of us. We can’t wait to come back to Scotland!

Vince

Our heartfelt thanks to you and Stuart for the holiday of our dreams and especially for Johannes. It was beyond his expectations (and mine) and we had such a beautiful time together. The true test of Johannes’ love for Scotland was his purchase of an entire kilt outfit with all the bits and bobs, I nearly fainted –I am truly living in Outlander. I almost fell over, we expect our kilts in December or January, and photos will be sent, I promise

I cannot express enough how grateful I am to you both, every detail and every moment was fabulous! We are eating shortbread with proper marmalade and relish our memories.

Michele & Johannes

Hi Lynda & Stuart,

First, back home safe & sound.

From the bottom of my heart, the two of you are absolutely amazing and delightful. But more than that, so capable. A truly glitch less nine days. So fun!

Max

Our Scottish Golf and Whisky experience was wonderful! Thank you for putting together such a fabulous itinerary. Everything was so well thought out and perfectly timed

Basically, you put together a trip we will always remember. Thank you for everything. We would highly recommend you to our friends who are interested in a Scottish golf experience.. Also, thank you for the lovely welcome gifts and taking the time to meet us that Sunday morning at St. Andrews.

When I asked Kevin to describe the trip in one word he said “perfect”, Glynnis said “spectacular” and my word was “awesome”. Pretty simple but the words fit our pictures (almost 1,000) and our memories.

Bill, Kevin & Glynnis

Thank you Lynda and Stewart, the trip was excellent in every way

Bob

We got the photo from Panmure and it is so good! Definitely going on my office wall!

My boys and I loved Panmure. As we have discussed before, it is exactly the kind of course and club I love to visit when here. While all the trophy courses are wonderful, they do have a bit of commercialism that I like to ignore. None of that at all at Panmure, just pure golf and pure class.

Thanks for these photos, they are great.

All my best and thanks from my entire family,

David

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