Review for Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

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RA is a classic links course, almost in the 9 out, 9 in style. As others have noted the front 9 is very strong whilst the back 9 is weaker. I particularly liked the par 3 8th with the green surrounded by 10 bunkers.

The back 9 is far less memorable. Indeed I am writing this a month after playing the course and I struggle to remember most of the back 9. This was despite having arguably my best round of the year (76 off a handicap of 8 in windy conditions) which usually commits a round to the memory banks!

Overall I enjoyed the course and it is definitely in my GB&I top 100, albeit likely in the lower half of this list. It surprised me (and my playing partners) that it is ranked in the top 20 on this site as there are quite a number of lower-ranked courses that I personally would favour. Well worth playing to make your own mind up if you get the chance.

Date: June 19, 2021

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