Trump International

Seven reasons to visit Trump International

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1 The spectacular views 

Trump International is not one of those courses where you have great views from one green, a tee and a third from on top of the dune next to the 4th hole. Fantastic views are almost omnipresent here. If you’re not looking at the sea, it means you’re probably playing between two ridges of enormous dunes that you teed off from. 

If you only take the camera out on one hole, make sure it’s from the very top tee on 18. With its huge elevation you’ll have a magnificent backdrop of the impending 18 bunkers plus infamously tall unspoilt, wild beach stretches for miles to both the north and south. Here, you can see the magnificent North Sea and Aberdeen city beyond. 

Views don’t make a golf course, but you wouldn’t ever say they didn’t help you enjoy one just a little bit more. Expect to be exhilarated here, from start to finish.

2 The clever design 

This Trump golf course was always going to be spectacular so perhaps thrilling views, elevated tees, awesome driving holes, epic par 3s and intimidating bunkers were all to be expected. You get all that at Trump International, but with the vision of Dr Martin Hawtree, you also get nuanced strategy which requires creative shot-making. Hawtree has shaped an astonishingly good piece of land and created something truly special.


3 The tranquillity 

Despite there being a city just 25 minutes away, with an airport, a busy university and world-famous industry off its coast, playing at Trump International is an utterly serene experience. 

There are no roads cutting through the site and no residential development round the outside. This is pure links golf to be enjoyed without compromise. The spaced-out tee times also means you have the time to fully savour this world-class seaside course.

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4 The area’s other jewels 

Trump International Golf Links might be the highlight of Aberdeenshire, but it is not close to being the only attraction. World-class links have sat on the coastline for over 100 years. Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay are also in any Top 100 ranking and Murcar, Peterhead, Newburgh and Fraserburgh offer fabulous support. 

With the additional benefit of St Andrews being less than two hours to the south, use Trump International as your base for the greatest golf break of your life. 

5 The Scottish tipple 

After 36 holes of exhilarating links golf, you’ll be ready for some sustenance. Be assured you will be well fed and watered in these parts. For those who enjoy a postround tipple, Trump International houses over 50 varieties of Scotland’s most famous export Uisge Beatha (whisky - the water of life), as well as locally-produced beers, gin and rum.

Accompany your 19th hole pint with our personal clubhouse favourites – locally-sourced haggis bon bons and fish and chips straight from the North Sea. 

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6 The wildlife 

Deer, dolphins, seals and even humpback whales have been seen off the shores of the links in recent years. This is golf in the raw, where even the most timid and rarest wildlife can be spied from the fairways. 

Just don’t gaze too long out to sea looking for dolphins or whales when you’re on the beachside 3rd green, which is surely one of the most scenic in Scotland.

7 The challenge 

You might have heard Trump International is tough. Pros and plus-handicappers go there and shoot over par, but that’s off the back tees. When you arrive at the 1st tee at Trump International you’ll be asked what you play off and advised which of the six tee options is best for you. You can lie about your ability, but you’ll have a battle, because it is a proper championship course. 

Be honest though, and the multiple tee locations allow you to hit off tees relevant to your ability which means you don’t always have to be hitting driver down dune-lined fairways. Be sensible and you will reap the rewards.

 

This Trump golf course ranks number 6 in the Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland listing and number 9 in the Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK & Ireland listing.

 
Gemma Keepin