North East Scotland

There are more than 50 clubs playing in the area of Scotland controlled by the North East District Scottish Golf Union. The most famous of these is Royal Aberdeen – the 6th oldest in the world – where members play on the wonderful Balgownie course.

In an area renowned for quality links courses like Cruden Bay, Murcar and Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill), many golfers are now enjoying the eagerly anticipated and much-publicised arrival of architect Martin Hawtree’s new layout on the Menie estate at Balmedie, which opened for play in July 2012. Surprisingly, one golf magazine (that claimed to be “definitive”) placed the new Trump International Golf Links at 8th position in their 2012 GB&I Top 100. This was the highest new entry ever in their rankings, which they published two months prior to the Trump course actually opening.

The North East District enjoyed recent success in the Scottish Area Team Championships when it won the event for the fourth time (after a gap of 18 years) at Kinross in 2010. Another SGU competition, the Scottish Club Championship was only inaugurated in 1986 and since then, two clubs from the North East have come out on top in this tournament – Turriff in 1998 and Cruden Bay in 2004 and 2006.

Our North East Scotland Best in Region rankings were last updated in July 2015. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North East Scotland

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

1st North East Scotland - Best in Area

The Balgownie at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is a traditional out and back links course running along the shore of the North Sea and it has one of the finest first nine holes in golf.

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Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeen

2nd North East Scotland - Best in Area

Occupying a three-mile stretch of North Sea coastline, Trump International Golf Links is the latest American-inspired, high profile course to open in Scotland since the start of the new millennium.

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Cruden Bay (Championship)

3rd North East Scotland - Best in Area

Cruden Bay Golf Club is inspirational, regarded by some as quirky and considered by others as a masterpiece. Either way, it's a thrilling course...

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Murcar Links

4th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Murcar Links Golf Club is located on a classic stretch of links land with huge sand dunes, crumpled fairways, whins, burns and heather.

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Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill)

5th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Fraserburgh Golf Club was founded in 1777 with the present course opening in 1891 and redesigned by James Braid in 1922.

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Peterhead (Old)

6th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Butch Harmon declared to those members present when he visited the golf club in 2005 that Peterhead Old course was a "hidden gem" which he really enjoyed playing.

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Newmachar (Hawkshill)

7th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Newmachar is one of the most progressive golf clubs in this area of Scotland, boasting two exceptional 18-hole courses, Swailend and Hawkshill...

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Meldrum House

8th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Meldrum House Golf Club is a beautiful parkland layout measuring a little less than 6,400 yards from the back markers...

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Newburgh-on-Ythan

9th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Additional land on higher ground was acquired in 1994, allowing Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club to form a new front nine – a round at Newburgh is now a game of two contrasting halves.

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Duff House Royal

10th North East Scotland - Best in Area

Duff House Royal Golf Club is a beautiful parkland course with large double–tiered greens (Alister MacKenzie design features) and well positioned bunkers...

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