Royal Aberdeen Golf Club - Balgownie Links
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.
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|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|
First Rate Experience
In my first trip to Scotland, the first true seaside links we played was Royal Aberdeen. Downwind out and upwind in. Very challenging. Several blind shots. While I would have liked to played better on the closing stretch, I enjoyed everything about the experience. The views of the course are spectacular. The North Sea in the near distance. Large greens and several bunkers. The conditions were what I expected from links golf.
I especially commend our caddies for their knowledge and hospitality. The caddie who accompanied me, Findlay, was outstanding in terms of his club suggestions, green reads and camaraderie. It was truly a memorable round of golf.
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.
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.