Aberdeen and surrounding area has numerous opportunities to play golf and offers some particularly good Links golf.

Hazlehead Golf Club on the western outskirts of Aberdeen offers the following courses :

  • The No. 1 course was designed by Alistair McKenzie, the golf architect better known for designing Augusta National. The course provides a true test of golf skills with a good deal of gorse and woodland !
  • The No. 2 course has a more open aspect than the No. 1 course and is maybe more suitable for higher handicapped players yet also offers great views.
  • The 9 hole Course has wide fairways and a marked absence of rough, and features a par 5 hole which is a massive 503 yards.
  • There is also a 9 hole Pitch and Putt Course.

Kings Links Golf Course is an 18 Hole traditional links course running parallel with the Aberdeen beachfront.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and is home to Balgownie Links, which features an outward nine played along the coast and considered by many to be the best stretch of links golf in Scotland. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780 as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen and became the Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815. It was chosen as the venue for the 2011 Walker Cup. It has thick rough and many pot bunkers, and watch out for the 8th hole which has 9 around the green ! For visitors, a few hours each day are set aside for public tee times. Although it has only two par 5s, Balgowie plays a difficult 6,850 yards from the back tees. There is also the Silverburn course at the Golf Club, which is a slghtly less challenging course - a mixture of parkland and links and 9 par 3s.

Murcar Golf Links is another course well worth considering as it has recently been through a renovation and now features a modern clubhouse.

Cruden Bay Golf Club, 23 miles to the North East of Aberdeen is a links course laid out by Old Tom Morris with stunning sea views, hilly and with many features including blind shots and some dramatic changes in height.

If you travel out to the surrounding areas, 18 miles West of Aberdeen on the A93 road, you will find Banchory Golf Club which has an excellent 18-hole course (Par 69, 5801 Yards) with strategically placed bunkers, mature native trees and the River Dee adjacent. It also features the one of the shortest holes in Scottish golf, the 88 yards "Doo'cot". Banchory is also the home to the parkland course, the 18 hole Laird's Course at Inchmarlo Golf Club, which opened to a lot of acclaim in 2001.

Dufftown Golf Course, which is 52 miles to the West of Aberdeen, in scenic Speyside, has another of the shortest holes in Scottish Golf with the visitors tee being 68 yards (White tee is 108 yards) where you play across a deep gully. You could also combine this with a visit to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown which has an excellent visitors centre !

68 miles to the North West of Aberdeen on the Moray Coast, you will find Cullen Golf Club which is worth a visit.


Where to Stay

If you would like to stay in Banchory, we can recommend the Best Western Burnett Arms Hotel. The hotel is an old coaching inn and has been family run for over 40 years. Click here to visit the website for the Best Western Burnett Arms Hotel in Banchory.

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