Cᴀʀʀᴀᴅᴀʟᴇ GC

Halfway down Kintyre, there's a 9 hole course often overlooked by those heading onwards to Machrihanish...

Once the £15 green fee has been posted into the honesty box, a par 3 up a steep hill gets you underway. The view from the green well worth the hike.

The second is exceptional. Played from one dune ridge to another, the fairway falls down the hill and meanders across the flat towards an old stone wall. The green is cut into the far ridge - small and well protected, while the fairway is wide and open. Brilliant fun

The sixth is another hole of note. From a tee on the edge of the water, the green is about 300 yards away - cut into the opposite side of the valley - with a lot of water and rubbish on the direct line to it. There's fairway to the right if you don't fancy the carry, or it's 250 yards over the rubbish if you take it straight at the green. Another brilliant small green, only marginally larger than a good sized beach towel.

All played under the backdrop of the Isle of Arran.

After interesting par 3s - one down the hill & another back up - the last is a utilitarian par 4, straight along a boundary wall.

But who can begrudge the relative insipidness of the first and last? They take you from an ordinary clubhouse to an extraordinary golfing playground. Bravo Carradale - what a bargain.

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