Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill) - North East Scotland - Scotland

Fraserburgh Golf Club,
Philorth Links,
Fraserburgh,
Aberdeenshire,
AB43 8TL,
Scotland


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Fraserburgh is the most north-easterly town in Aberdeenshire, 42 miles north of Aberdeen and it boasts one of the finest links courses in the country. Its location exposes the course to air currents from both the Moray Firth and the North Sea so this par 70, 6,308-yard layout offers a stiff challenge when the wind blows from whatever source.

In addition to its 18-hole Corbie Hill course, Fraserburgh also has an interesting 9-hole course, the Rosehill, which may be short at 2,400 yards but few can match its par of 33. The courses are well protected by sand hills that fringe the length of Fraserburgh Bay and both are fine examples of traditional Scottish links.

Fraserburgh has records of golf played as far back as 1613. The Parish Kirk Session of that year contains details of young man called John Burnett who, “for playing at the gowff” on a Sunday instead of attending church, was sent to “the maisters stool” for correction!

Fraserburgh Golf Club was founded in 1777, meeting every third Tuesday during the season. The club moved to their present location, the Philorth Links, in 1891 and much of today’s course was shaped by the great James Braid in 1922.

A couple of substantial alterations to Braid's layout have been made down the years. In the 1950s, three new holes (at 15, 16 and 17) were brought into play then, in the 1970s, a pair of adjacent holes were laid out at the 8th and 9th, 11th and 12th.

Fraserburgh Golf Club are always pleased to see visiting golfers and, unusually for many clubs, they offer a choice of tee to the visitor – “whether you want to play the full distance of the course from the medal tees or would rather play off the yellow boxes is entirely your option” – now there’s a refreshing attitude that many other clubs (who are over protective of their medal tees) should note!

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Description: Fraserburgh Golf Club was founded in 1777 with the present course opening in 1891 and redesigned by James Braid in 1922. Rating: 6.6 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Jim McCann

What a great unpretentious, uncompromising track the golfers of Fraserburgh have – and what a beast when the wind is up! I lost four balls on the front nine into a stiff breeze (anything off line was dead in the rough) to go three down at the turn in my informal match play game. Fraserburgh (Corbie) - Photo by Jim McCannNow at that point I could, maybe should have been hating the place but I was loving every minute, despite my playing performance (don’t worry, I turned it around big time on the back nine for a 3&1 win).

The overall yardage from the regular tees is a very modest 5835 yards but this feels like a very big course, with loads of unused space between holes. The second hole (“Braid’s Bellow”) is played to a shelf green on the side of Corbie Hill and it has to be one of the toughest in Scottish golf when the wind is in your face, despite the fact that it measures a mere 363 yards from the yellow tees.

The back nine are a fine collection of links holes and they contain a) one of the most undulating fairways I’ve ever played, the appropriately named “Hillocks” on the 13th and b) one of the toughest greens I’ve ever putted on at the triple-tiered 14th hole.

The overriding feeling I got though was that Fraserburgh was in need of a little golfing TLC, as it looks like most visiting golfers bypass the Corbie, depriving the club of income, which is a great shame.

If only a certain D.Trump (a little known US golfing philanthrophist) was so serious about providing sporting support in the land of his mother’s birth, he would abandon plans to develop the coastline a little south of here and plough some dough in to the Corbie course to realise its full potential and turn it into a world class links – now there’s a thought!

Jim McCann

August 26, 2008
6 / 10
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Fraserburgh is a real hidden gem, to borrow a cliche. Apart from being a real test of golf, it has to be one of the most photogenic golf courses in Britain, with classic vistas of links fairways meandering among towering dunes and acres of swaying bent grasses.There is hardly an easy drive off the white tees and the course will test the player's full armoury of shot-making abilities. Definitely not one to be missed.
September 24, 2007
8 / 10
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Hugh
A fine test of seaside links golf and one of my favourite layouts in the Aberdeen area alongside Cruden Bay and the fabulous Balgownie. Set in some great dunes which provide a natural amphitheatre through the valleys on a number of holes. The course was in great nick on the three occasions that I’ve played here and there are some great short par 4s and Plateau and Hillocks spring immediately to mind. The variety of holes hold your interest all the way round and they seemingly play in all directions so the wind is a real issue especially when it blows across the holes. great value and very welcoming… a must-play if in the area.
September 11, 2007
6 / 10
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Andy
What a friendly club at Fraserburgh and a links course that will get the heart racing. The course is on the top right corner of Aberdeenshire and boy does the wind blow! My pals and I had a great time here and there are plenty of quality golf holes – loved the shortish par 4 4th and the par 3 named the ‘Well’, very memorable… Tip for a great golf trip – fly to Aberdeen and play Royal Aberdeen, Murcar, Cruden Bay and then Fraserburgh, then do what we did do all four again in reverse order – Quality coastline for a weeks golf.
November 20, 2006
6 / 10
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Jim McCann
August 26, 2008
Don't forget Peterhead (Old) as it's well worth including on a trip along that stretch of coast.