Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
One of golf’s greatest front nines lies among these dunes along the north sea
Golf is full of great stretches of holes — Amen Corner, the finish at Pebble Beach — and the front nine at Royal Aberdeen is as good as any of them. There is near complete agreement that the first half at Royal Aberdeen is exceeded nowhere in golf. And these dune-lined holes along the North Sea are as challenging as they are spectacular. Which is to say, very. While the back nine cannot match the perfection of the first, don’t sleep on these holes. They occupy higher, less dramatic ground, but with better views the overall experience is no less rewarding. This is one of the great links courses of the world.
Anyone who visits Royal Aberdeen will likely arrive having heard many superlatives describing the opening stretch of holes. Many may be prepared to be underwhelmed by what it has to offer. All, typically, leave truly overwhelmed and impressed by the challenge, look and character of front nine.Golfalot
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Late spring and summer is your best bet for comfortable temperatures, plenty of sunlight, and minimal wind, but good weather can be found April through October.
Note: Juniors play for 50% of above prices
Greens fees last verified October 2018
View greens fees on royalaberdeengolf.com.
Visitor Tee Times
Monday & Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. & 2 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday between 2 p.m. and 3.30pm
Friday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday after 3.30 p.m.
Additional visitor times for twosomes between 8.00 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. on weekdays.
Book a tee time.
Rentals & Caddies
Clubs are available to rent for £40.
Pull carts are available for £5.
Electric carts are available for £10.
Other Things To Know
Year Built: 1886
Architects: Archie and Robert Simpson, with later additions from James Braid
Royal Aberdeen requires a valid handicap certificate (24 or better for men and women) and a letter of introduction from “an accredited golf club.” For what it’s worth, there aren’t many (if any) reports of these documents being checked, but you may want to be safe and have them on hand.