Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is another in a long list of esteemed and historic Scottish golfing establishments. Founded in 1780, it is one of the world’s oldest golf clubs. With its natural mix of parkland and links golf, the course has been updated through subtle changes, rather than comprehensive overhaul. This is what makes it a course that even the seasoned veterans will enjoy, as it offers something a little bit out of the ordinary.
The Balgownie Links, as the main course is called, still rely heavily on the ancestral influences of links golf. The traditional natural features of rolling dunes, thick straw grass and unyielding bunker play are enhanced by the presence of lots of flora and fauna, alongside a nice amount of wooded areas. The shrubbery and gorse can be seen from first tee to last, and it is a very pleasing environment for a day of golf.
The course plays just short of seven thousand yards, making it a course that players of all levels could tackle. The front nine are very highly regarded, holding their own in comparison to all others. The eighth hole is a shining example of the challenge it provides. Standing at the tee, “The Ridge” is a mere 147 yards. It may look as if you could almost throw the ball onto the green, but it is guarded astutely by ten defiant bunkers. Aberdeen will certainly test your patience and all-round game.
Aberdeen’s standing in the modern game was confirmed when it was awarded the 2014 Scottish Open. This was the first time the championship had been brought to Aberdeen, and Justin Rose’s magnificent victory in that competition has added to Royal Aberdeen’s fine golfing history.