Royal Aberdeen Golf Club - Balgownie Links

4.1666666667 4.2 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6885 yards
  • Slope: 145
  • Rating: 74.3
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Shorts or cargo style trousers, jeans, trainers and tee shirts are UNACCEPTABLE on the Course and in the Clubhouse.
Credit cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
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recommend this course

2 out of 2 reviews



Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Not as elite as they think it is..."

JSnyder9378's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

"Royal Aberdeen Balgownie links is like a novel with two distinctive halves"

MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging

I recommend this course

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