Golfing in Aberdeen – The Royal Aberdeen Golf Tour
Murcar, Aberdeen. Links, 6287 yards, SSS 71, Par 71. Abutting its much more southerly neighbour, Royal Aberdeen, this is another classic east coast links which, if slightly lacking in length, more than makes up for it in tightness and critical need not to stray from the beaten path. The top of the course is flat, rendering judgement of approach difficult, while the humps and hollows of the sand dunes on the lower section are pure seaside golfing bliss. There’s a near four hundred yard drop from the inward to outward halves, which fosters delusions of greatness if the first nine have been safely negotiated, but danger yet lurks ahead.
- Day 1
Arrive in Scotland where you will be met by a company representative and escorted to your vehicle. Transfer to Aberdeen
- Day 2
Play Royal Aberdeen Founded in 1780, Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. For the first thirty five years of its existence the club was known as The Society of Golfers at Aberdeen, with membership of the Society being determined by ballot. The Aberdeen Golf Club was formed in 1815 and its members continued to play on the Queen’s Links and over the Broad Hill until 1888 when they picked up their hickory clubs and gutty balls and migrated to the magnificent links at Balgownie.
- Day 3
Play Murcar Links – The Murcar Championship Golf Links has a par of 71 and a standard scratch rating of 72 (USGA rating 71.6 and USGA slope rating 136). Murcar frequently features in the Top 100 courses in the UK, and the VisitScotland Top 40 Great Scottish Links Collection. During July 2006 the Murcar Links hosted the European Challenge Tour’s inaugural Scottish Challenge. We are also the nearest Championship Links Course (at 5 miles away) to the proposed Trump International Golf Links Scotland.
- Day 4
Play Cruden Bay – Cruden Bay Golf Course creates unique challenges demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgement upon the discerning golfer. Set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views, a visit to Cruden Bay will be a most memorable one. It is claimed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791. The original course, on the present site, was commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) following the expansion of the railways at the end of the 19th century, designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews , and opened in 1899. Cruden Bay offers an internationally famous golfing experience – old fashioned links golf at its best – on one of the best links courses in Scotland , and last year was placed at No 52 in the world by “Golf Magazine”.
- Day 5
Play Montrose – The Medal Course at Montrose is a majestic layout in the true traditions of Scottish Links golf and has hosted many important events in its history including the Scottish Professional Championship in 1967 and 1970, the Scottish Amateur Championship in 1975 and the British Boys’ Championship and Internationals in 1991. Because of all these factors the Links was honoured by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in being chosen as a Final Qualifying Course for the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999 and again in 2007.
- Day 6
Play Peterhead – This creation of mother nature, among the dunes and across the links is a classic example of Scottish seaside golf at its best – and the toughest! Peterhead Golf Club was established in 1841. The ‘Old Course’ layout began as a 9 hole course in 1892, designed by Willie Park Jnr a dual winner of the Open Championship. The ‘Old Course’ was extended to 18 holes in 1908 and a second 18 hole course ‘The New Course’ was established in 1923, however today it exists as a 9 hole course.
- Day 7
Play Trump International Golf Links – Donald Trump’s golf course opened for play in July 2012 after more than 5 years in the planning. The 18-hole championship course, designed by renowned golf course architect Martin Hawtree, complements the natural landscape and having played it now, I can confirm that it is a must play if in the Aberdeen area and is very challenging for golfers of all levels.“All I can say is – it’s so far one of the best-if not the best – links courses I’ve ever played.”
– Colin Montgomerie, OBE“I thought the Trump course was sensational. What I really enjoyed about it is that it’s really a traditional links course but it’s on a modern-day scale.”
– Phil Mickelson.
- Day 8
Depart for home