Aboyne in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire is a well-maintained Parkland/Heathland course with spectacular views and a fine challenge for golfers of all abilities. Dating back to the middle ages, the course's distinctive feature sees a number of holes built on the historic 'rigg and furrows' of medieval farming which add a unique challenge on undulating fairways requiring more brains than brawn to play. Such is the reputation of Aboyne that in 2016 it was selected by the governing body to host the "ScottishGolf Women's County Finals".
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The Village of Aboyne
The charming burgh of Aboyne lies close to the heart of Royal Deeside. Standing next to the River Dee and surrounded by attractive hills, the town sits on the eastern edge of the Cairngorms National Park and is a popular tourist destination. There has been a small settlement at Aboyne since at least the 17th century, but the present day town really started taking shape in the 1820s when a major new bridge was built over the River Dee. A few years later, the arrival of railway and the establishment of a top quality golf club turned Aboyne into a popular Victorian resort town. Over the Centuries Aboyne has had a colourful history as is evident from Aboyne Castle, which adjoins the golf course.
Surrounded by heather capped mountains and sprawling pine forests, Aboyne is in a captivating setting for golf. The long-established course blends into the rolling countryside offering some of the best golf in the North East of Scotland.
The Club started life as a nine-hole course on the village green as early as 1881. The current stretch of 6,033 yards was modernised and reconstructed some 100 years later and the present 18 holes was opened in August 1991. Visitors are delighted with the contrast found in the club's two distinct halves. The course provides a fine test for golfers of all abilities and presents a rich variety of memorable holes making the most of the natural variations in the terrain which is a mix of rolling parkland with inviting fairways and elevated links-like heathland with tighter targets. Mature trees and water are in play on many holes.
Dating back to the middle ages, the course's distinctive feature sees a number of holes built on the historic 'rigg and furrows' of medieval farming which add a unique challenge on undulating fairways requiring more brains than brawn to play.
Aboyne Loch is a notable feature lending character and scenic beauty to the course as well as providing a hazard to be avoided on the last hole of the relatively flat outward lush tree-lined parkland nine. Thereafter, the course changes character to rugged heathland terrain and climbs gently providing magnificent views over the lovely Aberdeenshire countryside. Another small loch lurks at the 15th and the closing holes test the skill of the most seasoned campaigner. The home hole is a long par 3 and provides a worthy finish to a challenging round of golf.
The course lies on a free-draining soil and enjoys a surprisingly dry micro-climate. It is exceptionally well-maintained and shows little, if any, of the usual signs of the passage of golfers. Such is the reputation of Aboyne that in 2016 it was selected by the governing body to host the "ScottishGolf Women's County Finals".
There are two practice areas; one for short game available to members and visitors. Our friendly professional runs a well-stocked shop with golf equipment and clothing for both ladies’ and gents and offering a full range of teaching services as well as the hire of clubs.
Our clubhouse offers every facility and there are few better places to relax after an enjoyable round of golf with fine panoramic views from the upstairs lounge and balcony looking onto the course and Royal Deeside ranging from Clachnaben to the distant peak of Lochnagar. The long serving and friendly staff have many a tale from days gone by and a great knowledge of the history of the surrounding area.
With direct flights to Aberdeen from many English airports, Scandinavia, Holland, German and France, Aboyne is an under-rated and under-explored course which offers golfers of all abilities a unique golfing challenge. Situated a mere hour from the airport, and with a range of visitor attractions on its doorstep, once played it is a course you will respect and fall in love with. Come visit!!