Trump International Golf Links Scotland

4.6000000000 4.6 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7428 yards
  • Slope: 149
  • Rating: 77.4

  • Menie Estate, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire AB23 8YE, Scotland
  • +44 (0) 1358 743300
  • www.trumpgolfscotland.com
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Year built: 2012
Architect(s): Martin Hawtree (2012)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round. High Season: May 1 - October 14

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

5 out of 5 reviews


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"A must for good players!"


Rmartel's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Worth the hype"


RyanLavnerGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"A new Scottish option"


JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"A challenging links lies in those dunes"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A must play course in North East Scotland"


peachtreegolfer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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