Murcar Links - North East Scotland - Scotland

Murcar Links Golf Club,
Bridge of Don,
Aberdeen,
AB23 8BD,
Scotland


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Murcar has now reverted back to its original name "Murcar Links Golf Club" and has undergone alterations by Graeme J Webster and Team Niblick Ltd. In Spring 2006, the first phase of improvments stretched the layout to approx 6,500 yards.

In 2005 Murcar hosted the BP Scottish Boys Matchplay Championships – Scott Henry successfully defended his title. Additionally the club hosted pre-qualifying for the 2005 Senior British Open and a European Challenge Tour event was held here in July 2006.

In November 2014, the European Tour and Paul Lawrie announced a new match play tournament, which will be part of The Race to Dubai for the next three years. The inaugural €1million Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play was hosted at Murcar Links in July 2015 when Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Robert Karlsson in the final.

Murcar Links Golf Club was founded in 1909. Archie Simpson, the professional from Royal Aberdeen, designed the course. Simpson didn’t have too far to travel because Royal Aberdeen golf club is literally next door, and, apparently, he popped over to Murcar in his lunch break to get to grips with the design. As with so many courses of this era, Murcar was later revised by James Braid.

Located on a classic stretch of links land with huge sand dunes, crumpled fairways, whins, burns and heather. There are some magnificent views from the elevated tees across the North Sea and to Aberdeen City in the south. It’s a beautifully rugged course with lots of natural appeal.

Murcar is not a championship monster, but it’s a seriously challenging course which belies its meagre yardage. From the back tees, the course measures 6,516 yards with par of 71. But the par fives disappear from the card when the regular tee boxes are used and par drops to a lowly 69. Murcar asks some serious questions. The hummocking fairways are sometimes cruelly tight and the ball has a habit of bouncing off the knolls and into vicious rough. Add this to the odd blind shot and you can find yourself leaving quite a few balls behind for the members.

Having said this, the experience is engaging and the elevated tees provide that wonderful on-top-of-the-world feeling. The greens are most exquisitely sited on raised tables and amongst the dunes. There is little need for bunker protection around the greens, but to make life even more difficult there are pot bunkers sited there too.

Murcar Past Captain nails his drive down the 7th There are many strong and memorable holes, especially those in the dunes. The 7th is considered to be the signature hole, called “Serpentine”. From the high tee we can soak up the panoramic view of the North Sea, and then we realise why this hole is called “Serpentine”. This par four requires a drive over a looping, snaking burn, avoiding the ravine on the right and the vicious rough on the left. Somewhere out there, there’s a narrow fairway wedged between towering dunes. Now, let’s think about this one for a moment and take a deep breath. Perhaps it’s now time to find that old dog-eared ball that’s hiding at the bottom of the golf bag.

When the wind blows, Murcar Links can be an absolute brute. Whatever the weather, this is a must-play golf course. It’s tremendous entertainment all the way round.

Ross Weir commented on our article: “The 16th could also be considered a signature hole. It is a beautiful par three requiring an accurate iron shot with a burn and ravine below the first 80% of the flight path to the pin. The 15th tee gives a 360 degree view which includes the whole of Aberdeen and north to the Peterhead area.”

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Description: Murcar Links Golf Club is located on a classic stretch of links land with huge sand dunes, crumpled fairways, whins, burns and heather. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 30
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Gavin
Undoubtable the best example of a traditional links golf course in the North East. Arguably better and tougher than its famous neighbour having added extra yardage to the course over the winter. Generally straight forward iron shots are required however finding fairway off the tee is no easy task. A wayward drive will not mearly cost a bogey but regularly double, treble or worse and with fairways that encourage the ball to roll off rather than gather, pin point accuracy is required from the tee. Couple all this with vast areas of pot bunkers and unforgiving gorse, this should be the first on your course to play in Scotland.
April 18, 2006
10 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Yet another of the very good Scottish links! Some relly excellent holes, starting with the 3rd and 4th and only let down by the short inland loop in the middle of the course. A course you should play and will definitely enjoy.
February 04, 2006
6 / 10
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Matt Spicer
Played this course at the end of a week long tour of links courses in N.E.Scotland. It was not expected to be one of the highlights, but for me it certainly was. After a straightforward first hole the course begins to show it's class. Interesting, technical, classic links golf - good greens and great views. An under-rated course that probably suffers due to being next door to Royal Aberdeen. Well, we played both and the gap is not that big - plus the welcome at Murcar is far warmer! Recommended.
June 30, 2005
8 / 10
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Pat Phelan
A couple of us from Ireland decided to go to Aberdeen for a couple of days and literally stumbled across Murcar a couple of days before and were we glad we did.The course was a pleasure to play on. Fabulous conditions and exceptionally testing. Hole after hole we were not only blown away by the course but scenery was stunning also.Murcar dispells the misconception that a so called short course is any less of a challange. We were glued to the shot savers and I don't think I took my woods out all through the round.Murcar is golf at its pinpoint, accurate best and coupled with the welcome we recieved from the staff I just can't speak highly enough of the place.
April 19, 2005
10 / 10
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Jim McCann

One of he most underrated links courses in Scotland. Murcar - Photo by Jim McCannIt suffers because of the reputation and quality of its next door neighbour, Royal Aberdeen, but for much of this course, the holes are as good as those on the Balgownie.

The term "hidden gem" is too often applied to a golf course but this one deserves the moniker. I played in the 2003 Murcar Open on a lovely day for golf. There's a large practice area beside the clubhouse (which had a very friendly husband and wife stewarding team).

I lost balls at the 13th and 14th in heavy gorse -- stray too far on many holes and you are heavily penalised. It's a pity about the large landfill sites adjacent to some of the finishing holes, nonetheless, this is a cracking course which should be played if you are in the area visiting either Royal Aberdeen or Cruden Bay.

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January 20, 2005
8 / 10
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Bill Crain
Murcar was the "find" of this year's 17 courses we played. Even in a gale we loved the spectacular views. The par 4's were outstanding. The greens were in superb shape. The pinpoint placement shots were challenging. And, if you slid into the rough, it was penal.The friendliness of the Club was unique. There were no caddies available, so the caddy master went with us. His advice saved the day often.Frankly, I do not understand Murcar's rating. We found it a better track than its well known neighbor. This is a top 50 course, not to be missed.
November 03, 2004
8 / 10
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Davie
Arguably a better test of golf than the neighbouring Balgownie links at Royal Aberdeen. A friendly and inviting atmosphere and a quality links course with great views and some very challenging holes. You won't be disappointed!!
October 18, 2004
10 / 10
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Chris Jackson
A good course with some great holes 3-4 and 7-9 but don't go expecting to play a classic as the course falls well short of this.
August 04, 2004
6 / 10
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Billy
The stretch of coastline to the north of Aberdeen must possess three of the very best links courses in the British Isles and Murcar is probably the pick of the bunch. Miss this one out at your peril. The fairways pitch and roll in an alarming fashion, keeping your ball in play requires pin-point accuracy. Views across the steely North Sea are dramatic and the elevated tees, as already mentioned, are breathtaking. Above all, this is an immensely friendly club and offers tremendous value.
July 13, 2004
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Do not be put off by your first impression, as from the car park what you see does not do Murcar justice. Nice gentle start on holes 1 and 2 but from then on, it's tough and some of the holes on the front 9 would not look out of place anywhere in the world. Murcar, in a similar vein to Cruden Bay (20 miles further north) is a lovely links golf course that I challenge anyone not to thouroughly enjoy. After round tip:- a pint and hot baguette from the bar, nice way to relax and discuss the Murcar quality.
July 07, 2004
8 / 10
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