Cruden Bay is an authentic adventure, in the broadest sense of the term, not only from the golfing point of view.
Along the way you will find yourself more than once isolated between dunes or in deep hollows, or the routing will take you to the top of hills from which the view is so beautiful that you will want to delay a bit more your next shot, you will get close to the seaside, and you will have to go along and through creeks and burns.
Even without the golf clubs, a walk through the course would be the delight for any hiker.
And what about golf: Cruden Bay is absolutely delicious from the first to the last shot, and it is difficult to describe the feeling of thrill and uncertainty while waiting for the next hole to surprise you.
Like many other reviewers, it is difficult not to highlight the sequence of holes 4th to 8th, each one of them so different from the previous one and absolutely special, but that does not mean that the rest of the round is negligible. I particularly loved the 2nd and its table top green, the 3th, a blind par 4 in which it is more than feasible to putt for eagle, the 13th, a brutal par 5 that concludes on an almost inaccessible green hanging from a giant dune, the 14th, with its famous bathtub green, or the 15th, a par 3 that is played from the very edge of the sea towards a dune behind which there is a green hidden from view, all of them requiring a blind or semiblind approach.
You can see that Cruden Bay is the paradise of blind shots, but it should not discourage anyone from going to enjoy the experience: on the contrary, you can enjoy moments that it is impossible to even guess in the average modern course.
It is a pity that there are no more courses like Cruden Bay, so we will have to settle for some quirky links like this one to enjoy what the game of golf can be.
By the way, I would also recommend to stay for an afternoon round at the Saint Olaf course, which has a handful of very good golf holes.
Date: July 06, 2018