Founded in 1780, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is the 6th oldest golf club in the world. Known for its stunning setting, authentic links design and competitive history, the club will host the 2014 Scottish Open on the European Tour.
At 6,861 yards the Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen is not long by modern standards, but it serves up a host of challenges as it makes it way along the North Sea coastline. The course was originally designed by Archie and Robert Simpson from Carnoustie and later lengthened and re-bunkered by the legendary James Braid
The front nine is regarded as one of the finest in all of links golf. Eminent golf writer Sam McKinlay was quoted as saying:
There are few courses in these islands with a better, more testing, more picturesque outward nine than Balgownie.
A short drive from the bustling shops and industry of Aberdeen, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is located on the coastline just north of the city. The recognisable clubhouse sits up high with stunning views over the North Sea. The first tee awaits golfers just a few yards from the bar
Royal Aberdeen was proud to host the 2014 Scottish Open, and it’s no surprise she was picked since golf courses in Scotland don’t get much better than this. In particular, the first nine holes are an absolute standout. Balgownie’s front nine are acknowledged as the best in the world, every one slightly different, broken up by amazingly rich turf and lovely rolling fairways