Cruden Bay the course was laid out by Old Tom Morris and Archie Simpson and opened in 1899, on behalf of the Great North of Scotland railway company. After a quarter of century play Tom Simpson and the great Herbert Fowler undertook some redevelopment design and changes. The welcome received was a friendly one, and pace of play good, loved the real constant smell of the sea a reminder how close you are to it.
A gentle start to the course with a quirky hole at the 3rd, before the first wow hole, a 200 yard par 3 over the wee bay to an elevated green into a 3 club wind. A handful of good holes with outstanding views of the golden sands over the next stretch, with a few more quirky holes thrown in. The weather was again glorious with a 25 mph breeze making it a thoroughly enjoyable day. The course I would describe as rugged although the green approaches and surrounds were very well presented, but unfortunately i found the greens fairly slow (understand that they can't be super quick, but would have expected quicker) and very bobbly, not true at all which did spoil the experience somewhat not a reflection of the green fee.
Date: August 08, 2020