Spoilt for choice in the Home Of Golf


Spoilt for choice in the Home Of Golf

Following the excitement of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, we asked local golfer Peter Medley to give us a round-up of the best places in Aberdeenshire to play.

As a keen golfer, Aberdeen is my idea of a ‘Golfers Paradise', with its never ending choice of both the challenging links and parkland courses.

There are a number of courses across both Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire, set in some of the most spectacular locations from the scenic coastal routes to rolling countryside, you’re sure to feel relaxed in your game.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire boasts 70 golf courses, many of which are championship courses of world renown! Most recently we welcomed 66 thousand visitors to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open; you may have seen our spectacular Royal Aberdeen course being broadcast at the time on both NBC and Sky Sports. In which Justin Rose was victorious.

Only a mile from the city centre, the course at Royal Aberdeen has been welcoming golfers since 1790. It is the sixth oldest course in the world, not to mention one of the most testing and breath-taking links courses across Scotland. You’ll be sure to have an enjoyable trip with 6843 yards and 18 holes of golf to play only moments away from all the amenities of the city centre.  Just next door Murcar Links is often seen in magazine polls as one of the UK’s top golf courses. And just a little bit further up the coast is the Trump International Golf Links, where there are some spectacular views from the tees up and down the 23 miles of continuous coast line.

Though, Royal Aberdeen isn’t our only testament in the record books, at more than 1000ft above sea level, Royal Deeside’s course at Braemar is the highest 18-hole golf course in Britain.  Don’t worry; you don’t need your climbing boots to play! But you do need to keep an eye out for the deer crossing the fairways!

The brilliant Braemar Golf Club was founded during the latter half of the golfing boom in Scotland during March 1902 and is set in an area abundant in wildlife.  It is not uncommon to see a variety of usual spectators from birds to deer and so there is no need to worry when holidaying with non-golfers, there is plenty to keep them entertained.

Travelling the length of the Aberdeenshire coastline there’s a chance to play our multiple links courses.  Beginning in Fraserburgh (the seventh oldest golf course in the world) heading south through to Stonehaven you will find yourself with a number of options for teeing off.  Of course when you arrive in Stonehaven it is a must to stop by picturesque Dunnottar Castle, runner up as 8th wonder of the world and locally loved attraction.

You must come and see what Aberdeen has to offer for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! For more information, take a look at the VisitAberdeen website.

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