Golf is synonymous with Scotland. It is the home of golf and the east coast of Scotland is where the game began. Golf has been played in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for several centuries. The landscape of the North-east provides some of the best golfing terrain in the country, including championship links and superb parkland courses in arguably the most scenic spots you’ll find in Scotland.
If you are a serious golfer looking to play some of the Scotland’s finest courses, then a vacation to the north east is a must. Included at the top of any ‘must play courses’ would be Royal Aberdeen, the sixth oldest club in the world and host to the 2014 Scottish Open. Next door to Royal Aberdeen sits its neighbour, Murcar Links, another wonderful links championship course that regularly appears in magazine polls as one of the UK’s top golf courses.
To the north lies the much heralded Trump International Golf Links, a giant of a course in the true Scottish links tradition. It has received worldwide acclaim, and rightly so, and was designed to host major competitions. It attracts visitors from all over the world and will provide you with an unforgettable golfing experience that will live long in the memory.
Further along north east coast and completing a quartet of fine links courses is Cruden Bay, another epic links with some stunning golf holes and breathtaking views. Cruden Bay is another ‘must play course’ that requires great skill and the ability to play every shot imaginable.
But it doesn’t stop there. Keep going north and you’ll find Peterhead and then on the north eastern tip you will discover Fraserburgh, the seventh oldest golf club in the world and another fine links course.
However, it is not all about links golf as there are also some wonderful parkland courses too. So for a different challenge head up to beautiful Royal Deeside and the delights of Banchory, Aboyne and stunning setting of Ballater. Keep going and play Braemar, the highest 18-hole golf course in Britain which is more than 1,000 ft above sea level. But before you take on the Royal Deeside trail, Newmachar and Meldrum House are other noteworthy courses you should consider.
Within the city, there a number of municipal courses to enjoy, including Hazlehead No.1 designed by Alistair MacKenzie, the man who created Augusta National. Other popular municipal courses include the historic King’s Links and Balnagask, overlooking the harbour and wonderful views across the North Sea.
With 55 golf courses in the area, it will be hard to play them all. But we think you’ll enjoy your golf and time in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire that you’ll be back to play some more soon.