Ardfin

Ardfin

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Ardfin

Ardfin | NCG Top 100s: Scotland

Golf is new to the Ardfin Estate, with the course only opening in 2017, but it has quickly become one of the best new courses in Scotland. 
 
Bob Harrison took six years to design and construct the course to make sure it was perfect, with the layout running along the jagged coastline of Jura. 
 
Although it is not the easiest course to get to, a journey to the Isle of Jura (which might include driving, flying and a ferry) is well worth it for a round at Ardfin. 
 
  
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A Brief History of Ardfin

Ardfin is certainly one of the youngest golf courses that you will find anywhere on the NCG Top 100s site, especially compared to some of the historic links courses in the United Kingdom. 
 
Bob Harrison, who has worked for the Greg Norman Design Company for more than two decades, was the man brought in to design the golf course, which now runs along the jagged coastline of Jura. 
 
He was first contacted by the estate in 2011, and six years later, the course opened. It has only been open since 2017, but it has already received praise from around the world. 

Ardfin Review | NCG Top 100s: Scotland

Despite being less than a decade old, Ardfin plays like it has a much longer and storied history. The course is tough, playing along the jagged coastline of the Isle of Jura, with half of the course running alongside the beach and the rocks of the island. The course plays as a Par 72, and if you find the fairways, you will be rewarded with firmness, the bounce offering you more yardage from the tee, and that will help! 
 
The first seven holes of the layout are to the east of the clubhouse in a cluster. The course opens with a lengthy par 4, a slight dog-leg right with a pair of streams and a trio of bunkers to a avoid if you want to get your round off to a good start. The 2nd is the first of three par 3s at Ardfin, playing to a narrow green with a large bunker left. 3 is a slight dog-leg left par 4, followed by the opening par 5 on the course. The fairway on the 4th is split in two, with most having to lay up short of the trouble at the split. Only the very longest of hitters may be tempted by trying to get over. From there, going for it in two depends on your confidence. Three bunkers short of the green, along with plenty of trouble on either side, might make up your mind. 
 
The 5th and 6th have a shared fairway, much like the first and last holes on the Old Course at St Andrews. 5 is a short par 4 of just 300 yards, while the 6th plays over 400 yards. If you can’t find the fairway here, then you’ll struggle for the rest of the round. 7 is a strong dog-leg left par 4 of more than 450 yards from the tips. Two bunkers will swallow any tee shots erring to the right of the fairway. After a short walk, you come to the isolated 8th hole. Playing only 315 yards, you must plot your way down 8, with a narrow and split fairway, and a whole world of trouble if you’re errant. 9 is drivable for the longest of hitters at just 300 yards, but three bunkers and a narrow green might put you off.  
 
The back nine begins with a stunning run of holes. 10 and 12 are both par 3s, and both incredibly beautiful in their own right. Playing from bluff to bluff, all the danger on the 10th sits between the tee and the green, so make sure you cover it! The same can be said for the 12th, but this time, you’re playing over the beach and the sea. This is the longest of the three short holes at Ardfin, measuring almost 210 yards from the back tees. That just adds another element to the danger on 12. In between these two glorious par 3s is the tough 11th. This par 4 brings you back to the coast, with a small green the target, and one you can only really go for if you find the fairway. 
 
After the 12th comes a pair of par 4s running with the sea on their left. 13 also has a ditch in front of the green, while the 14th is another visually gorgeous hole. You play over the corner of the water from tee to fairway, before then having the beach on the left and behind the green for your second shot. After turning back inland, you reach the closing stretch at the Ardfin Estate. 15 and 17 are long par 4s, the penultimate hole featuring a lengthy carry from the tee. If you can manoeuvre your way around those, then 16 and 18 offer scoring opportunities. Both are relatively short par 5s, with the closing hole having one of the wider fairways on the course. Find that, and you might be tempted to go for it in two with the chance of an eagle putt awaiting you. 

FAQs about Ardfin

Where is Ardfin located?  
The Ardfin Estate is located on the Isle of Jura in Scotland. The Isle of Jura is one of several islands off the west coast of the mainland, with the southwestern coastline of Jura around a mile from the Isle of Islay. 
 
The easiest way of getting to Jura is travelling to the Isle of Islay first. Flights to Islay come from Glasgow Airport daily thanks to Loganair. From there, the ferry between Port Askaig (Islay) and Feolin (Jura) helps you get between the two islands and on to the Isle of Jura. The Ardfin Estate is around five miles from the ferry terminal. 

What golf facilities does Ardfin offer?
 
Along with the stunning new golf course, Ardfin is also home to some sublime practice facilities. There is a full-length driving range which runs alongside the 7th hole, while there is also a short game area by the clubhouse. The Ardfin Estate is also home to a pitch and putt course, which allows golfers to hone their short game skills, along with wedge approaches.  

What are the green fees at Ardfin?
 
The price of a green fee at Ardfin changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. 
 
For more information on current green fees at Ardfin visit their website here
 
  
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