Trump International Golf Links Scotland
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland
The fairways of Trump International Golf Links Scotland meander through massive dunes, and the greens dot the rugged landscape like oases. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - green
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - green
Trump International Golf Links Scotland is picturesque from tee to green -- unless you're in the hay all day. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 1
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 1
Trump International Golf Links Scotland's short par-5 opening hole is described as "gentle" in the yardage book, but from the tee, it gives you plenty to think about. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 3
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 3
The green at the short par-3 third at Trump International Golf Links Scotland practically looks like it's on the beach. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 4
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 4
Even if you avoid the Blairton Burn and marram grass all the way along the par-5 fourth at Trump International Golf Links Scotland, the approach to the green is no walk in the park. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 6
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 6
You do not want to be in the front right bunker at Trump International Golf Links Scotland's shortish par-3 sixth! Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 10
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 10
The par-5 10th at Trump International Golf Links Scotland plays all uphill to the undulating green. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 14
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 14
Trump International Golf Links Scotland's par-4 14th hole offers a sweeping vista of the North Sea and challenges with the narrowest fairway on the course. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 18
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 18
The 651-yard back tees on Trump International Golf Links Scotland's final hole are worth the hike up the dune. And it's worth taking a swing to see if you can hit the fairway some 100 feet below. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor

Add Trump International Golf Links Scotland to the rota of must-play modern Scottish links

BALMEDIE, Scotland -- Trump International Golf Links Scotland opened to the public July 10, 2012. The Martin Hawtree design stretches from 5,215 yards from the most forward of six tees to a hulking 7,428 yards from the tips.

The breathtaking dunes -- some of which tower 80-100 feet above fairways and greens -- are like nothing else in Scotland, reminding links connoisseurs more of Irish links.

Is it one of the greatest courses in the world? Not yet, perhaps. But it is certainly one of the most notable new courses of the century, and a solid addition to the rota of must-play modern Scottish links.

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.
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