Along Aberdeenshire’s 165 mile coastline some of our greatest golf courses are to be found. The coastline is famous for its towering sand dunes where golf courses snake between the dunes and then ascend to elevated tees to reveal breathtaking views. Views of both sea and sky stretch for miles up here, made even more majestic by the light. Golf can be played throughout the year and never fails to disappoint.






Royal Aberdeen

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded on Balgownie Links in 1780. The original links course was designed by the Simpson Brothers, Archie and Robert.  Whether you are playing in and amongst its towering sand dunes, or taking in the breathtaking views from the elevated holes, it is a challenging course. It is ranked 18th in the U.K and 56th in the world.

Over the years Royal Aberdeen has hosted many top level tournaments including The Senior  British Open in 2005 and the 2014 Scottish Open.

Jacket and tie are required for the Club lounge so dress for the occasion.

After a day’s golf we return to the Marcliffe for drinks and dinner at the hotel.


Murcar Links Golf Club was founded in 1909. Designed by Archie Simpson, professional at neighbouring course Royal Aberdeen, he apparently spent many a lunch break, working on the design. Later revised by James Braid, Murcar is a classic mix of elevated tees and crumpled fairways that twist in and out of the dunes. It’s not a long course but it requires thought and accuracy. A beautiful and rugged links course it is rated 38th in Scotland.

Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay is a thrilling and unique golf course. It’s also widely regarded as the most photogenic golf course in Scotland as it winds its way through towering sand dunes to punchbowl greens. It boasts panoramic sea views, a stunning beach, driveable ‘risk and reward’ par 4’s and back to back par 3’s. It provides a unique form of original links golf entertainment that gives the course a real sense of personality.

No wonder Cruden Bay is ranked 11th in Scotland, 24th in the UK and 75th in the World.

Trump International

Trump International is a world class links course designed by Martin Hawtree that opened in 2012 after seven years of high profile disputes with local landowners and environmentalists. It occupies a three mile stretch of land between Murcar Links and Cruden Bay on the North Sea coast. Although a new addition to Scotland’s golfing landscape, there is no doubt of its quality and beauty. The 18th tee shot is truly memorable perched up high on the Balmedie dune system.

The course ranks 10th in Scotland, 20th in UK and 65th in the world.


Founded in 1885, Meldrum Golf course was designed by Graham Webster and is one of the most beautiful parkland golf courses in the country. The mature woodland backdrop, meticulous landscaping and abundant wildlife offer a change to our more typical links courses. It is USGA-constructed with cross cut fairways, manicured greens and water features. The clubhouse boasts a luxurious lounge and balcony that offers views over the 1st, 17th and 18th holes.