Played Royal Aberdeen in Mid May and was absolutely thrilled. I cannot recall a better opening hole than No. 1 in Royal Aberdeen and I can perfectly see why many people say that the first 9 of Royal Aberdeen are second to none: Great holes meandering through the dunes with very undulating and challenging fairways and outstanding green complexes. The rough is penalising but you will be able to find and advance tee shots that did not find the tight fairways. To me also the back 9 are great holes although the scenery is less dramatic given the more inland position. Played Dornoch, Nairn, Castle Stuart, Cruden Bay and Trump as part of the same trip and Royal Aberdeen came second, just a touch behind Dornoch and ahead of the rest. Do not miss a drink and a sandwich in the bar after your round as you will be able to enjoy a phantastic view, overlooking the first hole and the sea behind.
Date: June 09, 2013