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Braemar Golf Course, Royal Deeside
The King's Links Golf Course
Stonehaven Golf Club, Aberdeenshire
Aberdeen City and Shire has an incredibly rich golfing heritage and is home to over 50 courses, including a range of stunning links and lush parkland venues.
Hazlehead No. 1 is a terrific parkland course and widely regarded as one of the best courses in the north east of Scotland. Designed by Dr Alistair MacKenzie, this course provides a real test of your shot-making skills with gorse and woodland hazards for any wayward strokes. Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf club in the world and venue for The Scottish Open in 2014. The outward nine of Royal Aberdeen’s revered Balgownie Links is believed to be among the best stretches of links golf in the world.
Further up the coast lies Fraserburgh, the seventh oldest golf club in the world, which was founded back in 1777. Enjoy a true slice of golfing history by playing among the huge sand dunes which make for an epic experience. Braemar Golf Club is the highest 18-hole course in Britain, with fine greens and magnificent views at around 1,200 feet above sea level.
Stonehaven is a cliff-top course with some dramatic short holes played over deep gullies and beautiful greens. Enjoy astonishing views across the North Sea and also see Dunnottar Castle, an ancient fortress in the most dramatic of settings. The Trump International Golf Links on the stunning Aberdeenshire coast is said to be one of the most ambitious golf courses ever created.
Strathlene/Buckie is a superbly maintained links course extending East from Buckie to the small village of Findochty. On a clear day there are marvellous views over the Moray Firth to the hills in the North.
Situated right next to its more famous No.1 course, Hazelhead's No.2 layout, originally a nine hole course, gained an extension in the early seventies and, although often in the shadow of its bigger brother, has never looked back.
Designed by Dave Thomas, Swailend offers a more forgiving layout over its par of 72. However, its well-positioned bunkers and the testing greens combined with its SSS of 71 also offers a reasonable challenge.
Opened in 1977 and is situated to the west of Aberdeen, Westhill offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and across to Royal Deeside, providing a wonderful, inspiring setting for the game of golf.