Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

A true links course, out and back, it seems a recurring theme that the outwards nines are nearer the sea and the inward closer to farmland, not sure why, The Old Course is the same way - as is neighbor Murcar.

This links is a championship layout, it has hosted The Scottish Open, British Amateur, The senior Open in 2005 and also the Prestigious Walker cup.

And its old - try 1780! You can literally feel the history at Royal Aberdeen, the clubhouse is small and filled with history, be sure to make some time to view the memorabilia that lines the walls.

The course was originally designed by Archie Simpson and Robert Simpson but was later re-bunkered and lengthened to its current layout by James Braid.

On the front nine virtually every hole is a highlight, the first hole leads you towards the sea, you wont come back to the clubhouse until the 18th green. Holes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 lead you through the dunes towards the far end of the course, before the short 8th turns back against the flow - this is the signature hole, with numerous bunkers around the green. For mine the 9th was as good as par 4 as I have played, it curves right over the burn and climbs steadily up the dunes. A trap at 260m will catch those trying to get the most out of cutting the corner. This leaves a long, uphill second shot so make sure you have enough club – at least one more to reach a long green. With gorse and thick grass on the left a visible deterrent, favour the right side!

The back nine has several blind holes, again a theme in Scotland, 13 is a great par 5, and is followed by the tricky 14th and 15th holes (both I wish I had a chance to play again). The 16th has a bern and a small wall cutting across the fairway and is a funky design, 17 and 18 are stern tests.

On balance this is a good a links as you could ever hope to play - it should be on any course junkies list of must plays!

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