Hole by hole guide
- Trump International Golf Links
- 1st Hole – Par 5
- 2nd Hole – Par 4
- 3rd Hole – Par 3
- 4th Hole – Par 5
- 5th Hole – Par 4
- 6th Hole – Par 3
- 7th Hole – Par 4
- 8th Hole – Par 4
- 9th Hole – Par 4
- 10th Hole – Par 5
- 11th Hole – Par 4
- 12th Hole – Par 4
- 13th Hole – Par 3
- 14th Hole – Par 4
- 15th Hole – Par 4
- 16th Hole – Par 3
- 17th Hole – Par 4
- 18th Hole – Par 5
Trump International Golf Links
The course was built amidst the fantastic dunes just North of Aberdeen and offers spectacular views along the coastline. The architect, Martin Hawtree, has created a world class layout which one day may host a major championship.
1st Hole – Par 5
The first hole is a medium length par 5 which is reachable in two shots for the longer hitters. Three cross bunkers guard the lay-up area so decide how aggressive you want to be and play accordingly.
2nd Hole – Par 4
The Menie Burn, which bisects the hole, can be carried off the tee by the strongest players seeking a shorter second shot. The green is very gently contoured but severe run off areas will test the players missing the green on their approach shot.
3rd Hole – Par 3
This hole is sheltered by the surrounding dunes and is the closest point on the course to the sea. An excellent par 3 in stunning surroundings.
4th Hole – Par 5
A great par 5 played to a green set high into the dunes. Watch out for the Blairton Burn which runs the full length of the hole and the bank of bunkers sitting short of the green in the lay-up area.
5th Hole – Par 4
The layout turns back towards the North at this point with another fine par 4. A drive short and right of the large fairway bunker leaves the best line to attack the green.
6th Hole – Par 3
A gem of a par three and the shortest hole on the course. In a strong south-westerly wind, the line of play over the dune needs careful consideration.
7th Hole – Par 4
The 7th is reachable from the tee and with no greenside bunkers it looks a tempting target. However, a rise short of the green hides the deep swales and hollows awaiting any misplaced shots.
8th Hole – Par 4
The 8th is the longest par 4 on the course and it is another hole with no greenside bunkering. Set below a large dune system the putting surface is protected by clever contouring and run off areas.
9th Hole – Par 4
The tee shot here looks a lot tighter than it really is because the fairway opens up on the right side at the landing area. That said, it requires two straight shots to reach the green which is guarded by three bunkers of which only one or two are visible from the fairway.
10th Hole – Par 5
The back nine begins with a strong par 5 where the green lies in a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding dunes. Avoiding the bunkers on your lay-up could well lead to a bridie.
11th Hole – Par 4
The 11th hole is a slight dog-leg right played from an elevated tee. The longer players can try to cut the corner slightly off the tee to shorten their approach into this well protected green.
12th Hole – Par 4
From the fairway, the approach shot is played across a small ravine which makes the judging of the distance to the false-fronted green difficult. Aim to end up in the heart of green which will offer a birdie opportunity.
13th Hole – Par 3
The 13th hole plays from an elevated tee onto an elevated green. With bunkers awaiting any weak shots correct club selection is paramount.
14th Hole – Par 4
The fairway on this hole follows a valley skirted by dunes on both sides. It appears a lot narrower than it really is which adds to the difficulty of both the tee shot and the approach.
15th Hole – Par 4
A short par 4 which presents the player with several strategic options. With four fairway bunkers and only one greenside, the emphasis is on an accurate tee shot.
16th Hole – Par 3
The various tee options here offer different angles and yardages into the green. Regardless, all seven greenside bunkers are in play from each of them.
17th Hole – Par 4
The penultimate hole rises steadily from tee to green whist following a valley on the left-hand side of the fairway. The long and relatively narrow three-tiered green is among the largest on the course.
18th Hole – Par 5
The 18th hole has eighteen bunkers and all of them are well placed. The easiest approach is from the left-hand side of the fairway as it will give access to the full length of the green.