Just north of Aberdeen, Royal Aberdeen - Balgownie Links is the sixth oldest golf course in the world. Majestic dunes, tradition rugged Scottish terrain with tight fairways and rolling greens coupled with panoramic ocean views make Balgownie a truly enjoyable test of golf. Royal Aberdeen has several claims to fame not the least of them that it was here, in 1783, that the rule that allows only five minutes to look for a lost golf ball was established. The club's 'Royal' designation was awarded by Edward VII in 1903.
Balgownie is not for novices. Depending on the wind, you can experience that even on the par 3 holes one must use everything that is in the bag and even more. The first 9 holes is ranked among the best 'Fornt 9 holes' in the world. The course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea Shore, the outward nine through some wonderful dune formation, the inland nine of the plateau. Deep bunkers are in many places shaped in a way so that they suck balls from vast areas around them.
- Year of Opening - 1780
- Designer - Archie and Robert Simpson | James Braid
- Par - 71
- Holes - 18
- Length - 7105 Yards