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This year, the world famous Machrihanish Golf Club – its course ranked in the top 20 in Scotland and the top 100 in the world – celebrates its 145th birthday with a new £2.5 million clubhouse.
Last week, the Courier reported that McKinven and Colville Ltd, the main contractor responsible for the facility’s construction, officially handed the keys over to the club.
It is expected that both members and visiting golfers will flock to Machrihanish to take advantage of the new facilities once the Covid-related restrictions ease, while guests will also be able to enjoy the modern catering and bar facilities from the upper level, overlooking the course below.
The building, designed by G1 Architects, replaces the former clubhouse which was completely destroyed by a devastating fire in December 2018.
Club captain William Livingston said the completion of the new clubhouse was ‘a momentous moment’ in the club’s history, while Barry Colville, managing director of McKinven and Colville Ltd, described his pride in his staff and sub-contractors for providing the ‘endless expertise, dedication and commitment’ required to build the clubhouse, which he thinks ‘will be the envy of many golf clubs throughout the country’.
Roy Malcolm, lead architect and designer, added: ‘G1 Architects were honoured to be selected by the committee to design and manage the construction of the new clubhouse for the Machrihanish Golf Club, which is rightly recognised as a truly great links course.
‘The clubhouse is an integral part of the golfer experience, an essential element of the traditions of the game of golf, offering a seamless journey from arrival to departure, and to be in essence an extension of the course itself, the 19th hole.
‘We very much hope that this striking new clubhouse, with its elevated first-floor lounge, restaurant, bar and external balconies offering unrivalled panoramic views, will add to the overall experience of this unique setting and give enjoyment to both local members and also to those visiting from near and far.
‘We would thank the committee for their support throughout the entire build process and also to McKinven and Colville Ltd for delivering this unique building in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
‘This has been a tremendous team effort by all involved and allows the club to build on its rich heritage and face the challenges of the modern era with a new state-of-the-art clubhouse. We very much hope that members enjoy their new clubhouse for many years to come.’