5 courses to rival the Ryder Cup venue

Has all the action from the Ryder Cup got you thinking about your next golf break? In Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire you will find 55 championship, links and parkland courses – including some of the world’s oldest and most challenging courses.

The Ryder Cup is being played on the 18-hole, 71 par, parkland Albatros course at Le Golf National but here in North-east Scotland you will find five courses to rival it: 

1. Newmachar Golf Club

The Hawkshill course at Newmachar Golf Club was designed by the late Dave Thomas – the world-renowned golf architect who designed another Ryder Cup venue, Brabazon – in fact it has been the host venue of three Ryder Cup. It’s water hazards paired with its bunkered fairways and greens make it one of the best and most challenging parkland courses in Scotland.

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2. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Being the 6th oldest golf club in the world means that Royal Aberdeen isn’t short of history. In 1903 the course was bestowed its ‘Royal’ title. Today, the course is one of Aberdeen’s most famous and has played host to many championship tournaments including The Scottish Open and The Amateur.



3. Cruden Bay Golf Club

One of the best golf courses in the world, Cruden Bay Golf Club is an internationally famous golfing experience. The course was originally designed by Tom Morris (designer of St. Andrews) and Archie Simpson in 1899. Since then, it has hosted many championships and it’s 9th hole has been accoladed the best view from any golf course in Scotland.  

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4. Trump International Golf Links

Expertly designed by renowned Dr Martin Hawtree, Aberdeenshire’s newest golf course has already marked its place as one of the world’s most challenging.  Thanks to its spectacular views of the Aberdeenshire coastline and dramatic dune backdrop, this is a natural links golf course with mile upon mile of outstanding views.

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5. Duff House Royal Golf Club

This championship course was designed by Alistair MacKenzie – who also designed Augusta National, home of The Masters. He even wrote in a letter, "I have rarely come across a piece of golfing ground which lends itself so well to the construction of an attractive course...". Although close to the sea, the course is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course with well positioned bunkers and trees.

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For more information about all golf courses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire just go to www.visitabdn.com/what-to-do/golf.