Royal Aberdeen Links Golf Course, Aberdeen
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I have heard more than a few people say that the Royal Aberdeen Links is the very best example of a Scottish Links course and honestly that is hard to disagree with. This is a fantastic course and one that will test every single aspect of your game!
What Makes A Round On The Royal Aberdeen Links So Special
To start with this is just such a picturesque golf course. With the North Sea nearly always in your sights, Scottish brush and bramble all over the place and the lumps and bumps of the course really do make it quite spectacular to look at. Wow is something that many golfers have said the first time they walk from the club house and get ready to tee off for the first time.
Speaking of teeing off for the first time, the first hole on the Royal Aberdeen is an awesome, 409 yards away. There is a nice large fairway to aim for, but this first tee is elevated and from the tee it looks nice and easy, but once you step over you see all the lumps and bumps that this course is famous for, you know what this course is all about. This is a great introduction to the way this course is going to play. One thing I will say about the first tee is that it is practically right outside the clubhouse! So expect to have a few eyes on you as you tee off.
This is an out and back type of links course, but this is not an exact out and back type of course. You see the Royal Aberdeen Links has been very craftily designed so that the holes are not just going from front to back. They are at all different angles! This makes for a much more challenging and fun game of golf. It also means that dealing with the wind can be a wee bit trickier as you will always have it coming at you from a different direction.
Club selection is something that is really key to a good round here. The greens are expertly placed around bunkers, humps and also the fairway grass here is cut shorter than anywhere else I have every played so you have to take that into account as well. But this is what makes the Royal Aberdeen Links such a fun and exciting course to play. It is for golfers who love to have to think about their position play, club selection and those who are not afraid to take a few risks as well.
A round here is just amazing and also the history books show that this is one of the first places in the world where golf was played! There are records that mention golf as far back as 1565! Knowing this just makes your time here that wee bit more cooler!
Best Hole At The Royal Aberdeen Links
To be honest this is a course that has many holes that could have made it here, but I went for hole 3 because of the “oh no” I felt when I first stepped up to the tee. This is a par 3……. A very long 223 yard, par 3! This long par 3 requires one hell of a tee! For me you need to make sure you have the driver out and pray that the wind does not make things extra difficult for you. On a course that is so “tactical” with its position play and club selection. It is great to be able to just let go, cut loose and take a big (and hopefully) accurate swing.
Some Things To Know About Playing At The Royal Aberdeen Links
Do Not Forget Your Handicap Certificate!
This is well known for being a challenging round of golf and as a result both the gents and the ladies are required to have a handicap no higher than 24. Sadly they will not just take your word for it. So make sure that you bring your certificate with you or you will not be allowed to play here.
Book A Caddie In Advance
If you know for sure when you are going to be playing here and think you want a caddie. Then make sure you book as far in advance as possible. They fully admit themselves that they do not have a ton of caddies here so if you want one you have to get in early. A caddie is great here as the course does through some really tricky stuff your way and a friendly caddie will share their expertise…….. and carry your bag for you.
Which brings me to our next point, Trolleys! This course with all its humps is not really good for a trolley and as a result they prefer people to carry their bags or have a caddie do it. But still they do have a limited amount of trolleys, electronic and regular trolleys for you to book if you really do need one.
What To Do When You Are Not On The Links
The Royal Aberdeen Links, clubhouse is the perfect place for a nice meal. The menu is very Scottish with a few of the more notable dishes being their, Scottish Salmon & Asparagus Terrine and a nice and juicy Beef Bourguignon. The décor is incredible and has a very “old timey” gentleman’s club look to it.
A Good Tourist Attraction Near The Course
Balmoral Castle is one of many amazing castles in Scotland. This was a favourite spot for Queen Victoria back during here rule. The view as you walk up to it is just incredible and a walk around the grounds is a great way to relax before or after your game.
Times for visitors:
Monday 10:00am to 11:30am then 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday 11:00am-12 noon then 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am to 11:30am then 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Thursday 11:00am-12 noon then 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Friday 10:00am to 11:00am then 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Weekends- after 3:30pm
All players should hold a current handicap certificate and a letter of introduction from an accredited golf club and must be brought along for inspection. Failure to do so may, regrettably, result in the facility of the course being refused. The Championship Course (Balgownie Links) is indeed a challenging course and so handicaps for both ladies and gentlemen should be no higher than 24.
As the course is more suited to carrying clubs only a limited number of pull carts are available for hire. We will endeavour to provide caddies if requested but unfortunately at certain times during the season our caddy pool is limited.