McDonald Golf Club

4.0000000000 4.0 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5942 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: Only proper golf shoes are to be worn on the course.
Dress code: Please wear shirts with collars and sleeves. Only tailored shorts may be worn in the clubhouse.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro, Switch, Solo

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Medal 70 5942 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 70 5600 yards N/A N/A
Ladies 73 5505 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
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4 stars:
5
3 stars:
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2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

5 out of 5 reviews


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"Played for first time in 5yrs and will be back"


t1532203883's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Freat day!"


u306537048's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"McDonald"


watsimo41's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A tale of two halves"


stanwilson's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Impressed"


u162056222's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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