Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Home of the “5 minute” rule in golf, for searching for your ball was invented here, though now cut to 3 minutes. A course you may have heard little about, though is one too add to any golfing bucket list.
Royal Aberdeen is the 6th oldest golf club in the world and is widely considered as among the best links courses in Scotland. It hosted the prestigious Scottish Open in 2014 and tested many of the world's best players over fours days in early July. After a certain Rory McIlroy set a course record 64 on Thursdays opening round, Justin Rose was the eventual victor on the Sunday.
Another prestigious event held here was the 2011 Walker Cup, where future stars Jordan Speith, Harris English, Patrick Cantlay and their United States teammates we defeated by a Great Britain and Ireland team, containing Andy Sullivan, Tom Lewis, Steven Brown.
The course offers a huge variety of holes and players need to be on their game as the course goes out through the imposing dunes and back across the plateau. The signature par 3 eighth hole will need your full attention. At only 136 yards, it might seem like a birdie chance at first, though you will then spot 10 bunkers guarding the putting surface, each one deep and penal. 3 is a score not to be scoffed at here.
A special golf course, worthy of any golf holiday in the North East of Scotland.
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