Founded in 1780, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. One may be forgiven for assuming that Royal Aberdeen would be old fashioned; however this is not the case.
The club has undergone many changes in its long history. Up until 1888 the members played on the Queen’s Course Links before moving across the river don to the Balgownie Links. The original course was has also been lengthened and re-bunkered by James Braid. The club have since enlisted the services of Hawtree and Company as architects to ensure this classic old links keeps up with the ever-changing modern game.
The very epitome of a links course, the Balgownie is a true classic and a delight to play. The front nine holes rank as some of the best in all of golf. Tight rolling fairways, impenetrable gorse, sand dunes and signature large greens, not forgetting the changeable wind from the North Sea, give the golfer a serious test of skill, wit and endurance. All set in some of the most beautiful surrounding, a royal treat indeed!
Not a course regularly used by Scottish Whisky and Golf Tours, the Silverburn Course is unusual as it features nine par threes amongst it eighteen holes. This course is great if time is a factor, however we would recommend always trying to play the Balgownie course if possible.