The Aberdeenshire coastline hosts some of Scotland’s finest links courses. With towering dunes, emphatic views, pure air and elemental sculpture, Aberdeenshire is rightly recognised as a golfing mecca. Many of the great golfing architects have left their mark on the Aberdeenshire coastline, including Old Tom Morris and James Braid. With panoramic views, traditional links courses and outstanding accommodation, Aberdeenshire is defiantly one of the finest golfing regions in Scotland.
Our Favourite Courses In Aberdeenshire
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780 and officially became Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815. Balgownie is one of the finest links courses in Scotland. The front nine ranks up there with the very best courses in world. Designed for the more competent golfer this links course weaves between sculpted dunes and undulating fairways. It is imperative you have the skill to battle against the elements, as the coastal terrain means the weather can quickly switch from calmness to ferocious wind and rain. Like many of the best links courses, mankind has only played a small role and this classic links has mainly been created by the natural landscapes and elements. Royal Aberdeen is one of the most challenging links courses in Scotland and hosted the Scottish Open in 2014.
Murcar holds all the elements of a traditional Scottish links course with undulating fairways, sporadic heather and sand dunes. The course has held many prestigious events including The Paul Lawrie Match Play and the R&A 123rd Amateur Championship Qualifying. With brilliant views over the North Sea we highly recommend this hidden gem.
Cruden Bay is both peculiar and a masterpiece at the same time. The course has been sculpted into the natural landscape with towering dunes, rippling and humped fairways, elevated tees and sunken greens. The course is certainly unconventional with back to back par threes, enticing short par 4’s and breath taking views over wind swept beaches . Designed by Old Tom Morris and Archie Simpson Cruden Bay is often considered to be in the world’s top 100 courses.
Trump International Golf Links embodies luxury links golf and as with any project Mr Trump is involved in, only the very highest of standards will make the grade. Set in “ Scotland’s Great Dunes” Trump International is a modern links course combined with old school characteristics. The course was designed by respected architect Martin Hawtree and he utilised the topography of the area extremely well, building the course around complex dune systems. We highly recommend playing this modern but beautifully laid-out links course.
Our Favourite Hotels In Aberdeenshire
Macleod house is situated in the beautiful woodland on Trumps International Estate. This renovated Scottish mansion combines character with aesthetic design. With beautiful manicured gardens and neat features which include a whisky bar, Macleod House is one of the finest luxury hotel in Aberdeenshire.
Marcliff Hotel is set on the outskirts of Aberdeen and is a true Scottish country house hotel. Set in beautiful gardens, The Marcliff has a rich history and the historic architecture reflects this. Although The Marcliff is a luxury 5 star establishment, it still has a family run business feel. You will be met with a warm and intimate reception. The hotel has proudly been included in “ small luxury hotels of the world” and for good reason. With outstanding service, picturesque scenery and heritage, The Marcliff is highly recommended by Exclusive Golf Tours Scotland.
Malmaison – This boutique hotel is based in the heart of the “Granite City” and is the perfect retreat after a long day on the links. The brasserie offers hearty food and cold refreshments. We highly suggest you try their “Black Angus Steak”. With quirky décor and quality service Malmaision Aberdeen makes for a great stay.