Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club

Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club, Blackwaterfoot, South of Scotland, Scotland, KA27 8HA

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11 reviews of Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club

In the mid nineties I had the pleasure of playing here on a short golfing holiday with my Glaswegian workmates.The course has many interesting challenges not least of which is the blind 7th hole.In a fourball, my playing partner and I both hit tee shots over the marker pole.We both said they should be close.I was first to the green and no balls could be seen.On checking the hole,low and behold one ball was nestled in.On checking the ball it was a Maxfli no3,my ball.On advising my partner he said he was also playing a Maxfli no3 but his had a Company logo on it.As I turned the ball, there was the logo,my ball was over the green.When I witnessed the sheer pleasure of a long time golfer experience his first hole in one,I realised that sometimes it can be good to be a loser.I hope youve had many more holes in one Andy Peebles cause it couldnt have happened to a nicer guy.
Our trips to Arran were fantastic and Shiskine was a little gem,with views of the Mull of Kintyre across the bay.If you go to Arran then you must go to Shiskine.

Posted by Stuart Boss on 11/01/2010
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This is a fantastic holiday golf course, kept in superb condition, especially the greens. Just returned from a weekend when we played twice round on the Saturday and once on the Sunday, and we were blessed with sunshine and a wee breeze. Don't look any further for authentic Scottish links golf, a true gem.

Posted by Chris Ditchfield on 24/06/2008
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Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club is not Royal Troon or Turnberry, but it is one of the ten most unique golf courses in Scotland. A good from friend of mine from Scotland is a member here and he is one lucky guy, since he gets to play it every weekend. Shiskine is unique in every dimension. It is a 12 hole 2990 yard course that plays along the coast on the Isle of Arran. Though the course is short, the wind can change things real quickly. This is not your typical golf course. The course layout is very interesting. The first hole is a nice starter, but then when you get to the "Crow's Nest" you know that you are not at any typical golf course. Once at the end of the course, just before you start your trek back towards the clubhouse, you get the full feel and view of this course. Part of the course plays up against a unique rock formation that probably dates back to prehistoric times and survived the former ice age. The wind at this end of the course can really make things interesting, but all in all it is one hect of a fun track to play. If you find yourself in this part of the world and this part of Scotland, it is worth a game if you like unique, fun, and interesting.

Posted by Steven Najdzionek on 10/12/2007
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We recently played Shiskine as part of our tour of Arran. Our group voted this as the best course on the island. The greens, course and views are superb! A real gem of a course.

Posted by Jeff Brewer on 28/05/2006
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I played in September 2003 and can FULLY endorse all the previous comments about Shiskine.
What I found particularly impressive was the way in which the course was so skilfully (or should I say devilishly !) designed around the natural features of the area - no JCB's or silly ponds needed here !
Truly this is REAL golf as was meant to be ...
My surname may not be McArthur - but I SHALL return !
ps: My wife insists I mention the tea and scones in the clubhouse ..... superb.

Posted by Kevin Browne on 26/09/2003
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a superb little course with some very testing holes including many blind shots, a fantastic crows nest ringed with gorse and some imposing cliffs rising above the edge of the course. Classic scottish golfing!

Posted by matt rochfort on 21/11/2001
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Shiskine is simply wonderful; as one of the other contributers here has said, if you manage to be on Arran on a sunny, windless day then make sure you head to this course. It can be fairly exposed on a gusty day, but on a perfect afternoon, the name of the 10th hole (Paradise) is absolutely true. It's a uniquely challenging 12 hole course, with every hole having something to offer, from dramatic par 3s through to a long, undulating 480yd par 5. Priced at £13 weekdays, it's an absolute must and of all the courses on the island, this is tops!

Posted by Hamish Breach on 06/08/2001
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A truly unique Scottish golfing experience, 12 holes of some of the best and challenging and enjoyable links golf imaginable. Lots of blind and awkward shots, a golf course played by feel and imagination rather than yardage markers and club selection. And the scenery! Great views to the Kintyre peninsula. I played on a sunny and calm day, with just a slight breeze off the water, and imagined golf heaven must be like this. All of the holes are fun, but the trio of par 3's at Nos. 3, 4, and 5 (Crows Nest, The Shelf, and The Point) are simply great, and No. 11 (The Hollows) features a truly wonderful blind shot to a green that is somewhere down below. The greens were somewhat slow, but ran true. All in all, a course like few others in Scotland.

Posted by Phil McDade, Monona, Wisc. USA on 19/07/1999
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We played the Shiskine Golf Course in the summer 1996, friends from Scotland brought us there and we had a wonderful game of golf. This is the most spectacular golf course we ever have played and I personally had my best game of golf that summer. Even though the rain cought us some 10 times with showers during 2 hours we really enjoyed the game and the atmosfair (?) at Shiskine. If you visit this part of Scotland you should definitely play the Shiskine course.Best Regards Matts Cristoferson, Sweden, Handicap 21e-mail: elmenius@swipnet.se

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Blackwaterfoot is a wonderful experience of Scottish golf as it was played at the turn of the century. Many of the holes require blind shots over dunes, up and over cliffs, and down to beach-level. I was so impressed that I put a photo of Blackwaterfoot on the cover of my book, Complete Guide to the Golf Courses of Scotland. This book is a guide for Americans to find lesser-known Scottish gems like Blackwaterfoot. I have played over 150 courses in the British Isles and prefer playing the remote ones. I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. I have also written a book, The Golf Courses of Old Tom Morris, which portrays the life and golf course architecture of Old Tom. Robert Kroeger. E-Mail, HeritCom@aol.com

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We stayed on the Isle of Arran for five glorious days in September. Shiskine was the highlight - but there's plenty of good fun golf to be had on the Island. We stayed in one of the suites at the local Kinloch Hotel and it was very good. The locals are very friendly. We'll definitely be returning. Fergus, if you're there, thanks a lot.

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Number of holes 18
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Style Links

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Men's 2990 42
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Weekday round£15
Weekday day£25
Weekend round£19
Weekend day£30

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