As the Scottish Open kicks off this week at Royal Aberdeen, you'll hear mentions of the abutting Murcar Links. Because minus tournament paraphenalia, an unsuspecting golfer could walk right off of Royal Aberdeen's 9th green, tee off onto Murcar and not have a clue they've left Royal Aberdeen.
But you'll undoubtedly see some Tweets regarding this excellent links and its, well, not so excellent entrance drive. As a connoisseur of entry ways to golf courses, I love to see how the build-up for an arrival is played by courses around the world. Murcar's may just be the most memorable. And frightening.
Some entrances are intentionally understated, others over-the-top, but Murcar's charms in both its difficulty to find and once located, the sheer intensity of the journey. The one-lane road features a tiny turnout about midway through the narrowest stretch, but if cars meet at any other point in the nearly 3/4's of a mile stretch that is no wider than a mid-size sedan, someone will be backing up a long way.
However, do not let this peculiarity deter you. Murcar is a must play if you head to the Aberdeen area for a golf trip. With Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay, Trump International Links and the seventh oldest links in the world called Fraserburgh, there is no shortage of grand golf within a one hour drive of Scotland's third most populous city.