Colonsay Golf Course is reputedly over 200 years old, having first been played on in 1775. The course is owned and managed by Colonsay Estate and has an active Golf Club which organises tournaments during the season.
You can pay the very modest green fees, £5 per round per person, at the Hotel or the Estate Office, where you’ll be issued with a score card and map. Alternatively you can pay an annual membership fee of £30 and you will receive a tag to display on your bag (and to brag about back at your home club). You can also pay at the Honesty Box at the first tee.
The 18-hole course is situated on indigenous machair, shortish grass growing in sandy soil, typical of the finest Scottish links golf courses. When you arrive at the first tee, you will be struck by the beauty of the course’s setting. Two beautiful, sandy Hebridean bays form the western fringe of the course. Two burns traverse the course from east to west. From many points on the course, you can glimpse the sands of Ardskenish peninsular to the southwest. 20 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean (next stop, Canada), in most weathers, you can spot Dubh Hearteach lighthouse. The panorama is completed by Dun Ghallain, a cairned headland where a mediaeval fort once stood.