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Episode 27: Royal Aberdeen Scottish Open 2014 – Links Courses to Play Next Door

Royal Aberdeen, Trump Scotland and Cruden Bay must set a precedent for the phrase golfing ‘hot spot’. The intensity of Top 100 Golf Courses in a geographic dispersion of under 20 miles of sandy coast, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is the begi

nning of a world class golf offering reached within a 40 minute drive. Buckle up as guest Shawn reveals the day he played all 3 in one day during the ultimate golf trip which included a hole in one at Royal Dornoch.

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Murcar Golf Links – 0 Minutes (Next door)

On the boundary to the 2014 Scottish Open venue Royal Aberdeen, the links at Murcar share the same spectacular dune complex. Murcar is the middle class neighbour to the very prestigious Royal Aberdeen. Golf in and around huge sand dunes, dogding the many bunkers which litter the golf course. Host to the Scottish PGA in 2014 this track will have you experiencing authentic Scottish links every time.

Green Fees: Day Rate £84 Weekend Rate £100  

Trump Scotland (15 minutes)

The much talked about and reviewed creation of Donald Trump’s links course has helped establish Aberdeen as a golf destination to visit. The golfing product is very different to Murcar and indeed much of Scotland. The elevated tee boxes and stunning routing of the course is matched by the 5 star service and facilities on site. As the course has bedded in the quality of turf has improved year on year and like a fine wine, it will get better with age. Availability is always good here and useful during the weekend when some of the local courses have restricted PM visitor play.

Green Fees: Day Rate £195

Newburgh Golf Links (20 minutes)

Two miles down the coast is Newburgh, orginally a 9 hole course built in 1888, the now 18 hole links offers stunning views over the Forvie Nature Reserve and Ythan estuary. The closing holes here are some of the best in the area with the short par 3 16th often partially submerged by the rising tide. Newburgh is a perfect course for a day of 36 holes as it is less demanding on foot but is a perfect example of traditional, fun Scottish golf.

Green Fees: Day Rate £36 Weekend: £46

Cruden Bay Golf Club (40 minutes)

The Tom Morris course at Cruden was opened in 1899 and it has been talked about ever since. Famed across the world for being the most spectacular and fun round of golf anywhere in the world it is little wonder thousands return every year. Blind par 3s, punchbowl greens and elevated greens, every hump and hollow is played over providing a natural and authentic golf experience.  Cruden Bay’s clubhouse is arguably the best view in Scotland to hold a cold pint and reminisce about your round and golf trip to Aberdeen.

Green Fees: £95

Accommodation

Aberdeen is a strange place when it comes to accommodation with the mid week being very limited and expensive and the weekend the reserve. This is due to the area being a hub for the UK energy sector keeping demand and prices very high midweek. With this the traffic is notorious for being very busy so base yourself north of the city next to the golf courses.

Kilmarnock Arms – Cruden Bay
Based on the edge of the course at Cruden Bay this 4* hotel is perfect for those who want good food, clean rooms and a bar with locals.
Double Room per night from £89

Meldrum House
If you prefer a more luxurious stay the beautiful country hotel at Meldrum is for you. The facilitates also include a Championship 18 hole parkland golf course for guests with the restaurant priding itself in offering the best local food and drink.
Double Room per night from £160

Accessibility

The above showcases Scotland’s north-east as a golf destination capable of a comprehensive Scotland golf trip. By air fly into Aberdeen from the US via Dublin with the Newark flight. Other routes by air include easy accessibility via London and across European.
By road Aberdeen is often accessed by the north as golfing visitors head south from Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart. Commuting from St Andrews a drive will take less that 2 hours.

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