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An Open Letter to Propertiers, Investors and Fans of Cruden Bay

‘Real estate’ on the perimeter of golf courses is nothing new but in Scotland such real estate was in place before the courses were even laid out. Here is case and point.

Apart from dreaming about walking out of the back garden and onto the first fairway the property reminded me of Cruden Bay’s once grand past. In the same ilk to the current Gleneagles Hotel and with the same imposing position as Turnberry, once stood what locals described as the ‘pink palace in the dunes’. Built to attract the great and good from the south for summer vacations to Scotland’s northeast coast and white sandy beach was the 94 bedroom hotel made of local quarried granite which sparkled pink in the sun.

An indication of the stature of the old Railway Hotel at Cruden Bay GC

Watch this archive video footage showing a match in 1914 between Ted Ray & Harry Vardon when the players are seen leaving the hotel and heading onto the links.

Anyway, here is my open letter to sway the masses into helping your favourite podcaster out..

To whom it may concern,

I present you a business proposition to capitalise on the thousands of affluent international visitor which descend on the Tom Morris designed links of  Cruden. Not only do golfers travel thousands of miles to play what many believe is one of golf’s greatest courses on Scotland’s northeast but they are then made to stay in luxurious accommodation up to 20 miles away!

So while I was looking at endless property listing as I start the unenvious task of buying my first home with my long time girlfriend I stumbled across this 8 bedroom property which overlooks the second hole at Cruden Bay Golf Club.

Admittedly out of my price range if you fancy bringing back luxury lodging to Cruden Bay let me know, it can be ours for £480,000. Don’t fret though there isn’t a 5 star lodging alternative for 15 miles and even then it’s less than popular owner Donald Trump’s McLeod House.

Go on, I’ll buy lunch?

Ru Macdonald 

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For more information view the property listing here.


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