Our next stop was the golf course home to the Royal Family, named appropriately Royal Aberdeen. It is the sixth oldest golf club in the world, established in 1780. Located just two miles outside of Aberdeen city center this is one of the most spectacular natural sites for golf in all of Scotland. Pepper and Campbell authors of True Links consider it one of the world’s iconic links courses. Campbell considers the par 3 8th among the best 18 holes in Scotland and one of the 500 best in the world. he 18th has been described and one of the best finishing holes in all of Scottish golf. The five minute rule governing the search for lost balls was invented here and Golf.com rated the course as 13th best in Scotland. Tom Watson won the Senior British Open here in 2005, and in 2011, Royal Aberdeen hosted the Walker Cup. This place is simply great. The pro shop could not be more accommodating and the course is tough but fair. If you are off the fairway, the rough is well rough, chopping out and back into play is your only option. We had inclement weather and the wind blew at 30-40 mph, making the punch shot the shot of choice for this round. It is a true links course and most of the greens are raised. The 2nd hole, a 554 yard par 5 was a beast, playing dead into the winds that day. The 3rd hole, a 223 yard par 3 was no picnic either. This is a classic links course out and back but the holes are cut so the wind comes off the sea at an angle, and even though some holes are down wind and help, it is tricky because the wind blows from the side. We played into the wind the entire first 9 and downwind coming back, but even when we were down wind the ball was sort of knocked down by the side breeze. Royal Aberdeen is a magnificent piece of Scottish golf architecture and a tough test of golf. f you are in Aberdeen or close by it is not to be missed. Just forget about your score and enjoy playing the game as it was originally intended. Solid Scottish tradition at its finest.
The Golf Insomniac