Cruden Bay Golf Course

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What we say

Nowadays Cruden Bay tends to get overshadowed by Aberdeen neighbours Trump International and Royal Aberdeen, but even so it is undoubtedly a spectacular links in a glorious natural setting with towering sand dunes dominating the early play and holes. Cruden has it all including blind shots, driveable par-4s, monster par-3s, breathtaking elevated tees and treacherous burns and guarantees a round to remember.

A luxurious hotel, built from pink Peterhead granite, helped place Cruden Bay on the map in the period between the World Wars. Sadly, the hotel never reopened after 1945, but the course survived having been brought for £2,750 five years later. Cruden Bay remains one of the purest examples of an old-fashioned links.

Ask any golf course designer to talk of their inspirations and the chances are the name of Cruden Bay will crop up within a matter of seconds. Nothing unusual there you might think; it’s a spectacular course in a glorious natural location. But Cruden’s real appeal is that in redesigning Old Tom’s original layout, Tom Simpson broke every rule and convention going. Blind shots, driveable par 4s, monster par 3s, 90˚ doglegs, hidden bunkers, raised greens, plunging tee shots, treacherous burns... the course is a constant source of surprise and wonder and has encouraged generations of architects to seek out the unusual and unique features of a site. For that alone we should all be thankful. But this is no freak show or curiosity. It’s just one of the most memorable and enjoyable links courses you’ll ever have the chance to play.

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Cruden Bay is set amongst sand dunes and the coast, providing some spectacular views which any golfer can enjoy. It offers blind tee shots, hidden bunkers, driveable par-4s and long par-3s including the 242-yard 15th.

Considered among the best links courses in Scotland it is often overlooked by it's more famous neighbours Royal Aberdeen and Trump International Golf Links. However, a visit to Cruden Bay would be far from a disappointment.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 3 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.3 out of 5
  • Address
    Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aulton Road, Cruden Bay, PETERHEAD
  • Tel 01779 812285
  • Website

Course Information

Course 70 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £95
Course Length 6,599 yards (6,034 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Medium 11-20
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 The Best Course in the World!

    By Chuffedchipper

    I have played on so many courses I've forgotten their names. I will never forget this Summer when I played Cruden Bay. The course has everything: challenges, oddities, stunning scenery, fantastic greens, above all a rare completeness. This course should be number one it is sublime.

  • 4 out of 5 Dream golf

    By Anonymous

    If you died and went to heaven this is the course that you'd play. Just wonderful. The views, the course... the lot... amazing

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