Best Golf Courses To Play in Aberdeen

Word is slowly getting out about the strength in depth of Aberdeenshire. In addition to the three superstar courses we detail (right), there are also four further links – Murcar, Peterhead, Newburgh and Fraserburgh – in our Scottish Top 100... as well as two inland courses, Meldrum House and Newmachar. But what makes it even more appealing in addition to all this quality is the fact the area is now an even more attractive option in cost terms, with money stretching further as a result of local businesses reacting to the problems the oil industry is experiencing. There’s never been a better time to head to an area that genuinely challenges East Lothian, Fife and Ayrshire as Scotland’s finest.

Aberdeen’s 3 must-play courses

Trump Aberdeen
The controversial links created by the US President is, like the man himself, brash, bold and difficult to ignore. The Martin Hawtree design flows through towering sand dunes and boasts unforgettable holes, especially on the back nine.
www.trumpgolfscotland.com

Trump International sits amid gargantuan dunes.

Trump International sits amid gargantuan dunes.

Cruden Bay
Has taken over from North Berwick as the quirky links people like to tout as their favourite. If you aren’t entertained by its eccentricities, you are possibly trying to gain pleasure from the wrong past-time. Rarely anything less than fantastic fun.
www.crudenbaygolfclub.co.uk

The crumpled fairways of Cruden Bay.

The crumpled fairways of Cruden Bay.

Royal Aberdeen
One of the finest front nines in golf starts with a bang – a tee shot from right under the clubhouse window sill down a fairway framed by the North Sea. But it’s by no means the best hole of the half.  This is an unmissable, high-calibre links course. 
www.royalaberdeengolf.com

Royal Aberdeen.

Royal Aberdeen.

WHERE TO STAY Trump International has high-end accommodation on site, or, head inland to Meldrum House – not least because it entitles you to play the Scottish Top 100-ranked course. Its accommodation is exquisite too.





Nick Wright