Coastal encounters

The coast around Aberdeenshire and the Highlands boasts some wonderful links and seaside golf courses. Follow the A90 to play some testing golf and discover historic courses that helped define golf in its infancy.

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Golfer swings during a round at Murcar Links

Murcar Links Golf Club

The 18-hole course is a real test of golf with undulating fairways and views across the sea and over Aberdeen. It was designed by Archie Simpson and opened in 1909. The club also has a 9-hole course, a putting green and a driving range.

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Moray Golf Club -Old Course

Beautifully set out right on the shores of the Moray Firth at Lossiemouth, Moray Golf Club offers two splendid 18 hole links golf courses. The Old Course offers testing traditional golf, whilst the New Course is the shorter, tighter of the two.

A view of Stonehaven bay from one of the holes on Stonhaven Golf Course

Stonehaven Golf Club

At Stonehaven the 18-hole parkland course makes full use of its unusual cliff-top location to create a unique and playful course. Bringing the cliffs into play and offering stunning seaside views, the course provides a dramatic location for playing golf.

Golf ball on tee

Fraserburgh Golf Club

At the fifth oldest club in Scotland you’ll find the natural links of The Corbiehill Course, which was re-designed by James Braid. The 18-hole course is a real test with the wind and substantial dunes set to challenge you all the way to the final hole.

A golfer takes a swing in one of a series of bunkers along the green course.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Course

This links course is where Tom Watson won the 2005 Senior British Open and has hosted the Walker Cup. Founded in 1780, Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. Steeped in history, the winding, sandy course was designed by James Braid.

Looking across the 4th hole at Cruden Bay Golf Course, with Port Errol in the background.

Cruden Bay Golf Course

The Cruden Bay Championship Golf Course showcases traditional Scottish golf with contoured greens, towering sand dunes and magnificent panoramic views. The original course was laid out by Tom Morris and is complemented by the 9-hole St Olaf course.