Links Road, Bridge Of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8AT, Scotland
at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Balgownie
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Golf Course Says
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Balgownie Links was originally laid down by Archie and Robert Simpson of Carnoustie before being updated by James Braid. Donald Steel & Co are now employed to ensure the historic links remains a modern course. The outward are nine are widely regarded as the best run of links holes anywhere in the world. Balgownie provides a typically challenging links experience with well placed bunkers, a variety of holes, wind and small greens. Royal Aberdeen Balgownie hosted the 2011 Walker Cup.
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Golfalot Review of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Balgownie
The Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen is the 6th oldest course in the world and you can feel the tradition everywhere. From the founding in 1780 to the replica US Amateur trophy from member Richie Ramsay's win in 2006, the compact clubhouse ouses class.
The first tee is right outside the bar window and you hit towards the North Sea as you start one of the great stretches in world golf as the front nine snakes up a valley between the dunes. Narrow fairways and hidden greens mean local knowledge is a premium and you will want to play this more than once. Miss the fairways and even if you are not in the rough, you will have an uneven lie from which to find another small target. But this is great fun.
It's hard to pick a favourite hole but the long 2nd, 4th and 6th require 2 or even 3 great shots and into the wind the 9th is a brute, dog-legging uphill through the dunes to a raised green. Turning for home the blind tee shot at 10 requires a lay up and then things do open up a little as you make the inward journey.
The green at 15 was relaid by Martin Hawtree in 2012 and now requires a more demanding approach. The final 3 holes are back to being a little tighter, more in the mould of the front nine and are a great finish to the course right under the Clubhouse bay window
Royal Aberdeen Balgownie is one of those must play courses and we can't recommend it highly enough.
|Jamie Kennedy||20/09/2012 09:46:20|
Royal Aberdeen is a wonderful, authentic links experience.
The opening holes set the scene for what is a demanding course with lots of character. Lots of bumps and mounds, and a quirky layout that will test anyone's handicap.
Get Royal Aberdeen on a windy day (i.e. 99% of the time) and you will be tested to the limit. In a fairly traditional out and in layout, keeping your ball in the fairway is the order of play.
One of the finest opening holes in the UK and a true links club, course and challenge. Dress warm!
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