Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club, Blackwaterfoot – Isle of Arran, Scotland

Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club is a rather unique twelve-hole golf course at Blackwaterfoot on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Founded in 1896, originally as a nine-hole layout, Shishkine was designed by the 1883 Open champion Willie Fernie. Shortly before the Great War, Willie Park Junior was commissioned to extend the course to 18 holes and to revise Fernie’s original 9 holes. Six of the new holes fell into neglect during World War I, leaving behind today’s unusual 12-hole links.

Shiskine is located at Blackwaterfoot on the western side of the Isle of Arran and is in a stunning location offering majestic views over the Kilbrannan Sound to the Kintyre peninsula.

Nearly every shot at Shiskine is blind, either from the tee or for the approach to the green or, in some cases, both. because of the tortuous terrain there are numerous stop/go signals and markers to help golfers navigate their way around the course.

Shiskine is golfing ground of such purity, owing only the barest influence to the hand of man, that to play here is to enjoy a unique sporting experience. Shiskine can only be described as idiosyncratic. Nevertheless, it’s fun golf and immensely enjoyable. The 3rd and 4th holes, called “The Crows nest” and “The Shelf”, offer real excitement, nestling beneath the Drumadoon Cliffs. This is a links that needs to be played more than once. Only then you will begin to understand and appreciate its quirks.

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