Royal Aberdeen Golf Club: Balgownie

Aberdeen, Scotland Private


One of the least known of Scotland's great links, Royal Aberdeen offers an old world/new world contrast to its neighbor to the north, Trump International Golf Links, 123 years its junior. The first nine runs north through dramatic dunesland along the shoreline, with the inward nine backtracking inland along softer terrain to the clubhouse. Though the final stretch might be a bit underwhelming visually, its holes are just as testing. The links saw a few touchups by Martin Hawtree prior to the 2011 Walker Cup, which mostly included the addition of bunkers and a new green on the 15th hole.


Holes 18
Length 6916
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1888
Designer Robert Simpson and Archie Simpson (1888), James Braid (1925), Martin Hawtree (2011)


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