Royal Aberdeen Golf Course

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What we say

The best front nine in Scotland with penal rough and punishing bunkers requiring a well-controlled ball flight in a strong wind. This is an awesome layout, in great nick. Big dunes, fine green complexes. 

Royal Aberdeen golf course is one of the true greats of links golf, the game has been played on this site since 1589, with the club itself being formed in 1870. The course, however, looks like it has been there forever. With nine holes out and nine back, it is the archetypal links, and though James Braid was employed to work on the bunkering, very little has been altered from Archie Simpson’s original design. That means holes that thunder through the natural tunnels in the dunes, particularly on a front nine that is a real tour de force. 

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Balgownie was constructed by the Simpson brothers, remodelled by James Braid and has recently been revised by Donald Steel. An archetypal and exacting links, the course runs out through heather and whins along the North Sea shore, before returning to the clubhouse. The golf course staged the 2005 British Seniors' Open. An historical club, Royal Aberdeen is said to be the birthplace of the five-minute lost ball rule.

The host of the 2014 Scottish Open, Royal Aberdeen is one of the premier courses in Scotland. Originally designed by Archie and Robbie Simpson, it was later re-designed by James Braid. Located along the North Sea, it offers spectacular views of the ocean.

The Balgownie front nine is considered one of the best in golf as it goes out through the dunes. This course is a tough test for all golfers, especially if the wind is blowing.


  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 3.5 out of 5
  • Address
    Links Road, Bridge Of Don, ABERDEEN
  • Tel 01224 702571
  • Website

Course Information

Course 70 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £195 (round), £270 (day).
Course Length 6,537 yards (5,977 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

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

Your Reviews

  • 3.5 out of 5 nice course, stuffy members

    By lexo

    played last winter and the front 9 is awesome (which is harsh on the back 9 as there is nothing really wrong with it) the 1st is tough and the clubhouse windows are very very close. stuffy members did not let me thro which spoilt my day !

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