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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6885 yards
Slope 145
Rating 74.3

Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf club in the world, set just north of Aberdeen on Scotland's northeast coastline. This stretch of land along the North Sea yields some of Scotland's most dramatic dunesland. The front nine especially is set on the must rugged terrain and is renowned as one of Scotland's finest. The course is considered one of Scotland's most challenging, especially with the high winds that can often be a factor on this side of the island.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6885 yards 74.3 145
White 71 6500 yards 72.7 142
Yellow 71 6216 yards 71.3 140
Red 74 5997 yards 70.1 126
Green 68 5162 yards 65.6 116
Scorecard for Balgownie Links
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 74.3/145 409 558 240 464 347 491 428 147 465 3549 354 165 534 436 441 374 411 181 440 3336 6885
White M: 72.7/142 409 530 218 430 324 491 374 147 454 3377 344 165 494 397 391 345 379 175 433 3123 6500
Yellow M: 71.3/140 399 512 210 377 291 473 367 139 436 3204 338 159 474 366 382 331 371 165 426 3012 6216
Red M: 70.1/126 W: 70.0/126 386 507 207 375 285 455 355 133 431 3134 300 153 468 360 381 282 362 135 422 2863 5997
Green M: 65.6/115 W: 66.0/115 386 390 150 375 219 407 294 133 373 2727 241 153 411 260 320 282 291 135 342 2435 5162
Handicap 9 11 13 1 15 7 3 17 5 8 16 4 12 2 14 6 18 10
Par 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1886

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa and Mastercard
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Shorts or cargo style trousers, jeans, trainers and tee shirts are UNACCEPTABLE on the Course and in the Clubhouse.

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4.3
2 Reviews (2)
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Handicap 5-9
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Not as elite as they think it is...

I have mixed reactions to this course. The head pro was lovely, as were the wait staff within the clubhouse. With that said there is a passcode to get into said clubhouse, and I was upset to hear that a local guy with his coworkers was turned away from lunch(they wanted to pay) as they weren't members. If it's completely private then I understand, but here I am just a traveler and I was permitted to play the course so why turn away a local from lunch? The clubhouse itself needs a refurbishment too, it is neither old and quaint nor new and updated. With all that said the course itself played fairly easy as the first 7 holes are with one wind, then the 8th hole is back against that wind then 9 is like the first 7 and then 10-18 all come back to the clubhouse. Well the only hole I played into the wind was #8, as the wind itself died down after I turned to the back. Course is fairly short I played the tips and had no more than 9 iron into most of the par 4's, again, mostly downwind I grant you. Shot 81 with a collapse at the end and I'm a 6 handicap. It was fine, but not really worth the money nor the general snooty attitude, in my opinion. Basically you can find nicer courses for the money or cheaper courses that are just as good. Would go back but would not go out of my way to do so.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Royal Aberdeen Balgownie links is like a novel with two distinctive halves

Royal Aberdeen Balgownie links is like a novel with two distinctive halves. The list of names of those who helped shape the course’s present form is distinctive and stretches back to it’s origin in 1886 on it’s present site. As it’s age would suggest, it adheres to a traditional “out and back” design with the North Sea as it’s companion. The front nine could well be the finest nine holes of links golf in the world, meandering over and around massive dunes. In contrast, the back nine sits on high pastureland above the links collar. Sweeping and exposed, the back nine is as stern as the front nine is whimsical. The par 3 holes stand out in particular, such as the 3rd hole, requiring a tee shot from an elevated tee some 248 yards that stands as a test of distance and accuracy when the ever-present confluence of wind is taken into account.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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