Not to be confused with Machrihanish GC, Machrihanish Dunes is the new one, opened in 2008. Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of "Old Tom" himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years. “The Dunes” was designed by David McLay Kidd et hard against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views with the adjacent Machrihanish Golf Club links laid out by "Old Tom" Morris in 1879. The new championship course sits on 259 acres and features six greens and five tees at the ocean’s edge. Machrihanish Dunes promises to be a true testament to “the way golf began.” McLay Kidd’s previous design work includes Bandon Dunes in Oregon and the Castle Course at St. Andrews. “To historians of the game, Machrihanish Dunes may give us an insight into how golf looked and felt to my Scottish forebears centuries ago as our intention is to create a course as “Old Tom” would have done in centuries past,” said Kidd.