Formerly known as the No.1 course at Hazelhead Park, this 18-hole tree-lined layout was renamed the MacKenzie Championship course in August 2015. Originally opened for play in 1927, the course is part of a 45-hole golf complex at Hazelhead Golf Club which is operated by Sport Aberdeen on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.
Set out within dense woodland close to Aberdeen city centre, the course isn’t all that long, measuring a modest 6,224 yards from the medal tees and playing to a par of 70. There are only two par fives on the scorecard and both of these holes appear close to the end of the round at the 15th and 17th.
Feature holes include the 397-yard 2nd (“Hazledene”), which plays to an elevated green, and the first of the par threes, the 174-yard 5th (“Garden”), where there’s a pronounced dip in the fairway between tee and green. On the back nine, the left doglegged 475-yard 17th (“Blackhill”) presents itself as a birdie opportunity near the end of the round.