Trump International Golf Links Scotland

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7428
Slope 149
Rating 77.4
Type Resort
Trump International Golf Links Scotland sits on a rugged stretch of the Aberdeenshire coastline. Covered in sandy dunes, the landscape is the ideal terrain for links golf. The layout of the golf course follows the natural contours of the land, dipping into the scenic valleys and tumbling across gentle hills. The course stretches to just over 7,400 yards, routed in a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. The golf course has a varied layout that offers both spaciousness and seclusion. Golfers will enjoy plenty of variety from hole to hole as well as panoramic views of the sea. Like any traditional links course, the strategically placed bunkers and prevailing coastal winds present the most formidable challenges. Five sets of tees make the course approachable for all skill levels, however.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7428 yards 77.4 149
Gold 72 7025 yards 75.5 145
Blue 72 6602 yards 73.8 140
White 72 6329 yards 72.3 133
White (W) 72 6329 yards 78.8 149
Green 72 5845 yards 70.0 130
Green (W) 72 5845 yards 76.2 143
Red (W) 72 5215 yards 72.6 131
Scorecard for Trump International Golf Links
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.5/145 495 400 185 485 355 165 260 465 435 3245 525 425 395 210 410 365 175 425 595 3525 6770
Blue M: 73.8/140 491 412 165 513 353 170 246 463 427 3240 495 453 367 178 376 323 180 404 586 3362 6602
White M: 72.3/133 478 381 147 460 349 165 230 422 427 3059 495 392 367 178 372 319 157 404 586 3270 6329
Green M: 70.0/130 W: 76.2/143 443 360 143 441 317 140 201 422 394 2861 458 361 328 148 307 319 142 364 557 2984 5845
Handicap 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Par 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 35 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 2012
Golf Season Year round. High Season: May 1 - October 14
Architect Martin Hawtree (2012)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

4.6
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

A must for good players!

The MOST BEAUTIFUL course ever! But also the most challenging. A slope of 149 from the black tees. A very complete practice facilities. Amazing clubhouse. Friendly staff. A must go! But remember; you must be better than average golfer. Otherwise, VEGAS ball may be a good option. Bring lots of balls. Caddies are highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Good weather

Worth the hype

I had big expectations when I arrived at Trump's new course in Scotland -- and frankly, my experience exceeded them. The course is visually spectacular, with many holes shaped by massive dunes. I found the fairways plenty generous, but trouble lurks on almost every hole. On a windy day, it could be a bear to play. I will say, this course isn't well-suited for high-handicappers; you really have to golf your ball to enjoy the experience. My fellow playing competitors didn't play particularly well that day and were searching for balls on almost every hole. Because the turf is still new, it was harder than usual to perfectly compress the ball at impact. That'll get much easier as the course gets older. Overall, an absolute treat, and a must-play for anyone in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Average weather

A new Scottish option

The place is beautiful, and some will understandably give it five stars instead of four stars, but it was ridiculously difficult. Too difficult for me. Our group had two good players and two mediocre players and, on this windy day, we looked for at least one ball on every single hole. It got tiresome after awhile. But it's big and massive, just what you think a Trump course would be. The par 3s are fantastic and there are many memorable holes, but I feel like it was designed to be hard just for the sake of it. It'll be a blast for single-digit handicappers, but not so much for anyone in double digits.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Poor weather

A challenging links lies in those dunes

Trump's links has some otherworldly characteristics to love - mountainous dunes, spectacular par 3s and a short par 4 that everybody can drive (I did with a five-wood) - but I can't give it that coveted fifth star just yet. Our back nine was soaked wet with rain, so we couldn't enjoy some of the most dramatic views from the elevated 14th and 18th tees. And, unfortunately, it feels fabricated at times. There are too many bunkers and severe greens (like the drive-able seventh hole) for it to feel like a classic links that has been around for generations. Despite those flaws, would I fly around the world to play it again? Absolutely. So should you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

A must play course in North East Scotland

You can read about my visit to Trump Aberdeen in 2014 here... https://peachtreegolfer.com/2016/05/09/trump-aberdeen/

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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