Aberdeen is considered to be one of the birthplaces of golf. Its golf courses are not only considered to be some of the best in the world, but some of the oldest as well. In all, there are roughly 50 golf courses in the Aberdeen area that an individual can enjoy, with skill levels on the courses ranging from beginner to professional.
There are several grasslands to choose from in Aberdeen, but these are some of the best for every skill range.
The sixth-oldest golf course in the entire world, it was officially founded in 1780 and the Aberdeen Golf Club itself was born in 1815. It received the Royal in its name, thanks to a royal patronage, in 1903. Today, Royal Aberdeen hosts a number of important golf tournaments including the 2014 Scottish Open and the 2005 Senior British Open.
The origin of golf is actually tied to Aberdeen because it was in the Aberdeen area that golf first appeared in the history books way back in 1625.
This is no regular golf course either. The front nine of the course are considered to be one of the best stretches of links golf in the entire world. Golfing at Aberdeen is not just about trying a new course; it is about being a part of golf history and going to where it all began. The original Aberdeen course is believed to have actually included the first golf hole ever made, way back in 1625.
The 18-hole Royal Aberdeen Golf course runs along the North Sea shore, with the back nine cutting through a dune formation, making for a unique golfing experience. The course has three par five holes and four par three holes. In all, the course runs for 6,216 to 6,885 yards depending on which tee is used.
Considered to be one of the best golf courses in the northeast area of Scotland, the birthplace of golf, it was designed by Dr. Alistair MacKenzie as a test for golfers with excellent shot-making skills, woodland hazards and more. MacKenzie also designed Augusta National, so Hazlehead is in good company. The course features narrow freeways that are surrounded by trees, putting the skills of even the most capable golfer to the test.
In all, there are three courses that make up Hazlehead, so the most intrepid golfers can play as much as 27 holes in one day if they so decide. The course has also been the site of several well-known tournaments, and is a favourite among golfers from around the world.
The seventh oldest golf course in the entire world, it dates back to 1777 when golf was still in its infancy. Located on the Aberdeenshire coast, looking out over the North Sea, it offers a relaxed setting for golfers who want to golf in the sport’s birthplace. The golf course is actually the oldest in the world north of St. Andrews.
Fraserburgh has several sand dunes that make for some very challenging shots, and the course itself has changed little over the past 100 years. Golfing here is like golfing in the early days of the sport. Wonderful views, spectacular holes, undulating fairways and majestic sand hills truly make the course stand out.
The course is considered to be one of the most natural link courses in the world thanks to the James Braid design.
The golf club’s clubhouse features full dining facilities, a bar, dining room and lounge that looks out over the entire course. The course also includes a putting green and practice area, a driving range, buggy hire, caddies, and golf club hire.
The Corbie Hill Course, which is the 18-hole course for the club, features four par threes and two par five holes. The course is a favourite of many professional golfers, including Harry Bannerman, who said it is one of the finest courses in Aberdeenshire.
Braemar Golf Club
Braemar Golf Club offers the opportunity to play at a higher altitude than any other golf course in Britain. Rising to 1,200 feet above sea level, this provides unbelievable scenery on the 4,935 yard course that has become one of the top courses in the Aberdeen area.
The greens are considered to be among some of the best finest in the world, and golfers of every skill level will be tested on this course that is over 100 years old.
The Braemar Golf Club’s Clubhouse features a beautiful dining room that looks out over the golf course, serving many functions and allowing for as many as 64 people to be enjoying lunch after a day of golf. The bar is fully-stocked as well, ensuring you can relax in style once you finish golfing at an unbelievable course.
The course features an excellent set of par threes and, interestingly enough, not a single par five. Don’t think that will make it easy though, Braemar still a very challenging course for every skill level.
Located on top of a cliff, this course features several short holes that require you to shoot over deep gullies onto stunning greens. It also provides you with some amazing views of the North Sea, and of the nearby Dunnottar Castle.
The course runs for nearly 5,000 yards when using the white tees, with four par fives (including the very first hole) and eight par threes.
The club house features a bar and grill with a fully-stocked bar, open throughout the day when the golf course is open until 30 minutes after the sun goes down.
The course is a challenging one thanks to the many hills and drop offs that can send a ball into oblivion, but there are few golf courses in Aberdeen that provide you with the scenery and the challenge that you will be getting at Stonehaven.
Aberdeen is the birthplace of golf, and with over 50 golf courses in the area, you have plenty to choose from on your golfing vacation. If you can only do five, these are the five courses that you should do.