Islay Golf Club is a historic private members club founded on Friday 22nd May 1891, which has its home at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links. Mrs Ramsay of Kildalton formally opened the course by striking off the first ball. Immediately thereafter a 36-hole match was played between Willie Campbell (course architect), Bridge of Weir and Willie Fernie, Troon. Campbell’s knowledge of the course stood him in good stead, especially in the first round which resulted in his being 5 up. He ultimately won by 7 and 6. Islay Golf Club continues to have its home at The Machrie Links.
Islay Golf Club History
When it was pointed out to the late Mr Ramsay that the Machrie Links would make an ideal golf course, he resolved
to give every facility for the formation of a club. On the club being formed he gave it the use of the links at a nominal rent of £1.