McDonald Golf Club
Ideally situated between the fishing trail and the historic castle country, McDonald Golf Club sprawls across the rolling Aberdeenshire countryside. The parcel of woodlands that the course sits on was donated to the citizens of Ellon by Sir John McDonald, the club's namesake. The original nine-hole course was built in 1926. The layout winds through groves of mature trees and lush rhododendron bushes. A meandering stream winds through the golf course, coming into play on nearly every hole. There are a few challenges in store but the course will still appeal to players of all skill levels. It's worth a try if only for the beauty of the pristine surroundings. McDonald Golf Club manages to seamlessly blend into the landscape, offering a home to the native red squirrel, which you may catch a glimpse of during your round.
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Played for first time in 5yrs and will be back
I first played here 5yrs ago when I started playing golf again and shot over a hundred, returned today and shot an 88 with two bad holes so something must have changed!
Course was in great condition, early in morning so due on the ground but that quickly disappeared. Fairways in excellent condition and greens were smooth and easy to putt on, compared to many courses I've played these were the easier of greens to hold the ball on from approach shots.
Longer front nine but definitely a lot of shots to be gained on the back nine especially from 10 thru 16. Saying that 17 and 18 probably the hardest finishing holes on any course that I've played this year and this was my 21st different course of 2017.
Warm up facilities to hand at club house, junior area beside the 18th fairway but nothing bigger in the way of practice facilities.
Didn't use the clubhouse as it was early on a Sunday morning and quiet so no one in for food etc, didn't bother me too much as I got our earlier than I planned.
Seriously considering this course as my home course next year, if I can afford it.
Had an excellent round of golf, apart from the parties that were infront holdigng up play due to the speed that we play but apart from that no issues. The back is absolutely stunning well worth a round, will most certainly be back
McDonald is a decent track overall, however the front 9 are far superior to the weak back 9.
The front 9 is well mapped with testing doglegs and long in yardage, it suffers slightly from poor drainage in parts, but this is forgiven due to the overall condition being very good. Holes 4,5 & 6 are good tests and require smart club selection and the 9th is a long and good test for a par 5.
The back 9 is much shorter and feels squeezed in, although in very good condition. It finishes with two cracking holes which require again intelligent club selection and I wouldn't be counting my score until the 18th green !
Staff were very friendly and the barman chatty which is always nice after a good round.
Well worth a round if you can pick up a good offer on GolfNow etc
A tale of two halves
Two very different nines at the MacDonald course in Ellon. The first nine is over the road and newer, I suspect. Not as interesting as the back nine but longer. The only hazards on the front were the occasional strategically placed bunker and the brook running through some of the holes. The back nine had lots of slopes and trees and an awesome finish. Be careful what you hit from the tee on the 18th ! Very friendly staff.
This is the first private course I have played since getting back into the game this summer. An easy 25 minute drive from aberdeen city centre, this course has to offer a lot to the improving golfer and expert alike.
The grounds were immaculate with only a leftover dampness from rainfall the day before. Greens played very smoothly and I only spotted one fairway weed the whole way round. The course has a nice mixture of open fairways and more challenging tree bound bottle necks and dog legs. Set discreetly in Ellon town, the scale of the grounds cannot be appreciated until you play first hand.
My only caveat would be to be mindful of the volume of golfers at weekends in the peak summer season. On the flip side, this is also the sign of a great course owing to its popularity.
Would definitely play again. A course well worth the round fee in my opinion.