Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Aberdeen, North East Scotland, Scotland, AB23 8AT

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9 reviews of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Wonderful course. Played a couple of rounds in wind and increasingly- heavy rain, but even without these I reckon it's one of the toughest links around. The first is relatively straightforward, but the lovely second reminds you that accuracy is everything, its slim fairway snaking through the dunes: a few feet off and you're lucky if you find your ball. Quite a lot of the front 9 makes the same demands...really excellent holes. Although turning into the wind toughens up the back nine, there are one or two more generous fairways: that said you'd need a couple of very good hits to reach the 18th green with much more than a gentle breeze against. And as for the greens, just outstanding...can't remember any better. Very friendly pro and bar staff...altogether great way to spend a day. Not cheap, mind, so perhaps worth including next-door (and very good) Murcar on any tour.

Posted by Colin Hancock on 08/09/2009
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  • Clubhouse 4
  • Course challenge 5
  • Value for money 5
  • Clubhouse 4
  • Course challenge 5
  • Value for money 5

What a golf course! A front nine to stir your golfing soul and a back nine to break your heart. We played in the middle of October and could not fault the condition of the course. I cannot recall ever playing on better greens, I didn't see a bad lie in the fairways and the newly renovated revetted bunkers show an attention to detail that is a reflection on the whole club. The downwind first nine is the more attractive as the course snakes between the sand dunes and it is here that you must make your score because the second nine into the wind is a battle to hold onto your shots. The standard is kept up off the course also. The Welcome in the clubhouse and Professional Shop is friendly and helpful, and the facilities are first class. Plus seeing the US Amateur Championship Trophy on display was an added bonus. I really can't speak too highly of my day out at Royal Aberdeen and would recommend it to anyone looking for a real Scottish Links challenge. It's tough but fair and a worthy host for the 2011 Walker Cup.

Posted by David Wootton on 26/10/2007
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  • Course challenge 5
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  • Course challenge 5
  • Value for money 4

I played June 26, 2003. I believe Royal Aberdeen to the best links course that I have played anywhere, home or abroad. The greens proved to be the best I've played other than possibly Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The outbound 9 holes are extremely strong and eventhough the inward 9 in shorter in proved no pushover as it played into the wind! What a spectacular venue -- a must play if links golf is your goal. To bad a British open hasn't been sheduled there.

Posted by John West on 01/07/2003

Played in the RA Open on 22-SEP-2002 (for the bargain price of 20 quid - God bless the Wee Yellow Book!) and loved every minute of the 4 hour experience - even the front nine which were playing into the wind and were far and away the most difficult holes to play on the day. I have recently played Leven which I thought was quite tight and tough but Royal Aberdeen was a much harder test. With only one weak hole, the 12th,(played to a plateau green) some of the others are, quite frankly, intimidating. If you love playing links golf then this course is a must play; just don't expect an easy stroll in the dunes. One aspect that also stands out is the fact that for such an old, established club, they have ambitious, ongoing plans to improve the course with new tees and greens. Maybe it will be even tougher to play next year!

Posted by James McCann on 24/09/2002

Royal Aberdeen, is the most challenging golf course in the Aberdeen area. The challenge comes from the general topography of the undulating fairways, the bunker placement and the wonderful greens. In overall individual hole selection, i personally like the 8th, 9th and the 18th (it is difficult to find a better finishing hole), but there are no weak holes. If anything does spoil the course it is the potential to be over penalised by finding gorse just off the fairway, but in turn the gorse does add more than a dash of colour. If you think you are up to the challenge try the course on a windy day, if you survive, you are a true links golfer.

Posted by Harry Fotheringham on 06/06/2001

Very enjoyable course. Really tough in wind. Has a tough layout that requires good shotmaking and accuracy. People at clubhouse very friendly. Hard to find, so use the map. Really fun 18th hole. If you are in Aberdeen or playing Cruden Bay, this is one not to miss.

Posted by John Metzger on 17/09/2000

Played this challenging course on a lovely sunny, calm day in May2000. 1st 9 holes rate as my favourite golf holes anywhere! Real test of golf playing from high tees to tight fairways. A must for any visitor to Aberdeen.

Posted by on 18/05/2000

Royal Aberdeen is a wonderful links course, calling for every club in the bag. After the comfortably challenging First, the true test begins. The Second, a wonderful par five, requires both length and accuracy with the first two shots, and a challenging approach shot to navigate the green. This hole sets the tone for much of the battle to come with this great and historic course. The player will soon come to appreciate why the five minute rule was created here at Aberdeen! Forget the scorecard...attack this course boldly, and if the winds are right and your shots true, you may find, as I did, that playing this, the sixth oldest course in the world is truly great fun!!!

Posted by Chuck Donabedian on 17/03/1998

Bring your A game and hope the wind is not blowing very hard This course is a must for anyone visiting Scotland. Try to schedule Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay on back to back days you will not be disappointed with either. Please feel free to email me at DufrBrad @ if you would like more information.

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