Aberdeenshire is an excellent choice for the golfer; with 165 miles of coastline, and a lot of sand dunes, this is natural golfing habitat. There are some very old courses, including several of the top 10 oldest not just in Scotland, but the world. To help you choose where to play, we have selected seven of the best.
Not only the seventh oldest club in the world, Fraserburgh Golf Club, founded in 1777, is the oldest golf club still operating under its original name — and the oldest north of St. Andrews. Redesigned in 1922 by five-times Open winner James Braid, this is another spectacular Links course and has been said to be about as close to the original game as you can get. The views from the dunes are stunning, and the fairways famously undulating. Only 45 minutes drive north of Aberdeen, this is a course not to be missed.
Fraserburgh Golf Club, Philorth Links, Fraserburgh, +44 1346 516616
Fraserburgh Golf Club's short downhill 7th hole has little room for error. Golf's been played on these Aberdeenshire links since 1777 making it the oldest golf club in the world still operating under it's original name. That and the variety of fun holes makes this links a must play when golfing in the north/northeast. (Image Credit @brianoar) #fraserburghgolfclub #GolfAberdeen #VisitAberdeen #Scotland #golf #podcast #golfers #golftrip #golftravel #homeofgolf #linksgolf #visitscotland #beautifulgolfcourses #scotlandgolf #scottishgolf #birdiecage #bunkersparadise #the18thgreen #instagolf #playjones #visitscotland2015 #gabestphoto #whyilovethisgame #enjoyyourwalk #scottishgolfpodcast
As with Peterhead, Ballater Golf Club was originally founded as a nine hole course, in 1892, before being turned into an eighteen hole course in 1905. With the course being on the banks of the River Dee in Upper Deeside, the views of the surrounding hills are outstanding. Mainly heathland in character, there are also parts of the course that are parkland. Excellent use of the natural undulations in the flood plain has led to a fantastic and fascinating course to play.
Ballater Golf Club, Victoria Road, Ballater, +44 13397 55567
With New Slains Castle a short distance away, the stunning bay, and the outstanding course itself, Cruden Bay Golf Club will provide the player an unforgettable game. Originally designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris in 1899, with help from Archie Simpson, and redesigned in 1926 by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler, Cruden Bay is a course that has drawn players of the game from across the world, ever since its foundation. This Championship Links course is, in short, a masterpiece, and is consistently referred to as one of the best — and most fun — to play in the whole world.
Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aulton Road, Cruden Bay, +44 1779 812285