Fraserburgh Golf Club - The Corbie Hill Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 6308
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type
Designed by James Braid this natural links course is a typical Scottish links laid out over an area well protected by the substantial sand dunes that skirt the length of Fraserburgh Bay. Thanks to the generosity of Lady Saltoun twelve or fourteen holes were laid out on the current site in 1891. In 1922 the course was extended to 22 holes, largely following the design of James Braid and while a number of improvements have been made over the last 68 years much of the course remains true to his concepts. While the club installed an automatic watering system in the early 1970s it has practised a watering regime aimed at producing traditional links greens and was gratified to see this policy was endorsed by 'The Way Forward' was endorsed by 'The Way Forward' report produced on behalf of the Royal and Ancient.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 6308 yards
Yellow 70 5835 yards
Red 74 5323 yards
Scorecard for Corbiehill
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
White M: 68.7/117 434 391 331 328 183 529 165 372 458 3191 332 357 389 341 198 508 378 189 435 3127 6318
Yellow M: 67.2/113 404 363 310 307 180 496 131 365 449 3005 277 310 364 305 189 508 345 154 378 2830 5835
Red W: 69.4/117 398 361 296 301 139 452 125 276 443 2791 271 305 314 265 160 398 330 118 371 2532 5323
Handicap 9 5 13 3 17 15 11 7 1 18 2 8 14 16 12 4 6 10
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 70
Handicap (W) 4 7 11 9 15 1 17 13 3 12 10 5 14 16 2 8 18 6

Course Details

Year Built 1777
Architect James Braid (1922)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - £20 - £25
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes - £3

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No industrial clothing & footwear, headwear within the clubhouse, shorts (unless tailored), football shirts, golf shoes in the clubhouse lounge areas.

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A true test of links golf. Great course be prepared for windy conditions. Excellent value for money as good as some of the well known expensive courses

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
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4.0
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Windy weather

Over the Hill, but not far Away

Fraserburgh has been getting some good word of mouth recently and it is well deserved. If you are coming to the Aberdeen area, this is probably not on your list, but somebody probably has told you to play it. If you are around for multiple days, then definitely add it to your trip. Nothing that caters to Ameican or other visitors here, but a solid club. Friendly members, a good restaurant and a good location-not far from Cruden Bay,

As for the golf: The first hole is flat and just gets you away from the clubhouse. The second hole takes you up the hill and at the end of it you are rewarded with views. The rest of the holes are solid golf. I think that Fraserburgh has a great set of par 3s. Most notably, the 5th hole, which is the first par 3. Like Donoch #6, this is built into the side of the hill. Miss it short or left and good luck. My favorite hole is the 13th, with a large back stop slope. Depending on the hole location, this could be used to feed the ball. The rest of the holes, other than 18 are very good. The stretch from 15-17 is about as good of a stretch as you will encounter of a par 5, par 4 and par 3. Many of the holes take advantage of elevation changes and this place also has some very good short par 4s-my favorite was the 10th with a large sunken green. The course is a real links and plays firm and fast and some might think a bit quirky. I found it to be a lot of fun.

For value, like most Scottish courses, get a day ticket. It is only about another 15 pounds or $20 more. Once again, if in the Aberdeen area for multiple days, this should be used to fill out your itinerary.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Average weather

You'll love the old-school Fraserburgh

The seventh oldest golf course in the world dating to 1777 is not on any American's itinerary when visiting Scotland's great links, and that's a darn shame. Sure, the club's facilities are modest, but its golf course refashioned by James Braid in 1923 stands tall among the best courses of the Scottish Highlands. The first and 18th holes along the road are the only weak points. Once golfers climb to the second green and crest Corbie Hill to find the third tee and great views of Fraserburgh Bay, they are treated to a fair and fun round of golf. The dunes aren't dramatic the rest of the way until the 15th and 16th holes, although they're well placed to frame fairways and hide greens like the 13th. Strong par 3s serve as the highlights. I dare any American links lover to find Fraserburgh and see if they come away disappointed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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