Royal Aberdeen Golf Clubwww.royalaberdeengolf.com
"There are few courses in these islands with a better, more testing, more pictureque outward nine than Balgownie"
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, was founded in 1780 as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen and became the Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815. Royal Aberdeen is one of the truest linksland layouts in golf. It's a course to test the better golfer, one who can accommodate the many variable conditions this arduous links can throw at you. Royal Aberdeen's front nine holes rank amongst the very best in the world. No two are the same within a natural ecosystem, interspersed with rich turf and tight rolling fairways, that is a sheer delight to behold.
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Year founded: 1780
Courses: Balgownie (6900 yards)
Architect: Archie Simpson (1888), Rober Simpson (1888), James Braid (1925), Martin Hawtree (2007)
Hole #8 - 147 yards par 3
A par 3 that changes its spots to suit conditions, a 3-iron one day, a pitching wedge the next. Nine bunkers surround the green like dragon’s teeth and the only way home is straight down its throat.
Hole #18 - 440 yards par 4
"The 18th is probably the most difficult hole on the course. Into the prevailing wind it is often out of reach even for the low, single figure handicap golfer.
Course played: Balgownie Links
Date played: 30th September, 2011