Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes – Part 2

14th Jul, 2021 by The Caddie

The second part of our two-part guide.  The Caddie has put together a  guide to Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes – Part 2 . Read on for the final four in this two-part series:

The Machrie, Par 5, 526 Yards 

Part 2 in our guide to Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes, The Machrie. Recently given a top-to-toe makeover by the great DJ Russell, The Machrie – located on the Isle of Islay – is a masterpiece. Simple as that. Its final hole is a fitting way to finish. A demanding par-5, it requires a laser-like tee shot into what is the narrowest fairway on the course, and a rumpled, rolling one at that. Bigger-hitters will be tempted to go for the green in two but the better strategy is to play it as a three-shotter, not least because the large green sits angled above the fairway. Take a five all day long. 

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Montrose, 1562 Course, Par 4, 346 Yards 

The world’s fifth oldest golf course has one of the finest finishers you’ll find anywhere. A classic links hole, you tee off from an elevated position, from where you can enjoy expansive views of the town. Job one is to stay out of the four fairway bunkers. Job two is to avoid another four sand traps with your approach to the green. Just don’t go long – there’s no relief from the road that runs behind the putting surface. Just brilliant. 

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Nairn Dunbar, Par 5, 499 Yards 

Unusual – that’s probably the best word to describe the finishing hole at Nairn Dunbar. A good, solid par-5, it requires a precise tee shot to the heart of the fairway to open up the options for your approach. That’s where it gets tricky, as the undulating green sits on a ridge high up and to the left of the fairway. You can either lay up on the fairway level and leave yourself a blind, high-lofted third shot or go for the green in two and hope your ball runs up onto the putting surface. Whatever you do, don’t miss it long and right. 

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St Andrews, Old, Par 4, 357 Yards 

Finally, in our guide to Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes, St Andrews. What else is there to say about the 18th of the Old Course that hasn’t already been said?  One of the most iconic and photographed holes in the world, most people know by now that the clock on the course-facing wall of The R&A Clubhouse is the safe line off the tee. Take care of that and then enjoy the unique thrill of walking across the Swilcan Bridge, up the well-trodden fairway, past some of the most famous landmarks in the game, and for God’s sake, unless you’re name is Costantino Rocca, stay out of the ‘Valley of Sin’. Strategically speaking, there are better holes but none can match the history and aura of this one. Special. Very, very special. 

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