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Fraserburgh Golf Club Inspires Rio Olympic Course Design

Fraserburgh Golf Club north of Aberdeen, Scotland has a lengthy and rich history, not least being the 7th oldest golf club in the world and the oldest trading under its original name. In stark contrast, 6,000 miles away the new Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is just months old, purpose built for golf’s reintroduction back to the Olympic Games.

Worlds apart you might think? Wrong.

Shaper on the Olympic Course and golf architect Kyle Franz has revealed that his design philosophy for the 9th hole of the Olympic Course in Rio fostered from his many visits to Fraserburgh Golf Club.

“I visited Fraserburgh numerous times in winter and the fescue on the mounds was low and tight. It made me think those shot options could make for one of the coolest ideas for a green ever.”

13th - Fraserburgh GC Image Credit Ran Morrissett Golf Club Atlas

13th – Fraserburgh GC Image Credit Ran Morrissett Golf Club Atlas

It would be the 13th hole, a short par 4 in the heart of the dynamic dunes at Fraserburgh which would be the inspiration for Franz. The green requires a second shot to play for a back-stop, repelling the ball back to the centre of the green as illustrated in my video below.



“That was the concept I thought could be incredible about #13 at Fraserburgh’s greens complex — the hope that players could consider bouncing a shot off the mounds to reach pins on the opposite side of the green. I visited Fraserburgh numerous times in winter and the fescue on the mounds was low and tight. It made me think those shot options could make for one of the coolest ideas for a green ever. I thought it would be awesome players to land short and try to bounce shots off the mounds to their advantage downwind –when they were nervous of about hitting a loose shot and airmailing the green.”

The finished result in Rio looked like this.


While I can’t promise the Fraserburgh beach or women will be as eye-catching as their counterparts in Rio, the golf sure makes up for it. I rank Fraserburgh Golf Club as one of Scotland’s most authentic and enjoyable golf experiences and a steal at only £45! Don’t miss this one on your next northeast Scotland itinerary.

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