Cruden Bay is a thrilling and visually stunning golf course located on Scotland’s east coast just 23 miles north of Aberdeen. Even in Scotland, the Home of Golf, it’s very rare to find a course with such incredible, elevated views of the sea. Expect to experience the sense of seclusion created by numerous towering sandhills, some 3 stories high, enabling that wonderful feeling of intimacy.
Golfers will enjoy the surprise of not knowing what comes next and the highlights that lie in store ahead. This is part of Cruden Bays charm. There are a few quirks such as blind shots and back to back par 3s but your focus will be occupied by navigating some of the most fearsome sand dunes in Scotland. This is the course that keeps on giving so you should expect to discover some unexpected features and enjoy some great surprises during your round.
So If you love the idea of playing a wild-looking, rugged course with Huge sand dunes, rolling fairways, and incredible elevation changes this would be a superb choice. The golfing test here has remained consistent for almost 100 years.
.Originally designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris who was assisted by Archie Simpson a Professional Golfer and the Head Greenkeeper at the nearby Royal Aberdeen Golf links. The course open for play in 1899 however it is believed that golf has been played on these links since 1791.
Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler were brought in to make some revisions to Cruden Bay’s design in 1926. They helped incorporate more of the natural elements of the land and dunes to wonderful effect. This created a thrilling duneland that was designed for golf whilst adhering to much of the course’s original routing.
Considered a masterpiece by many you can expect a thrilling golf experience as you navigate the huge sand dunes, elevated tees and rolling fairways with its humps and hollows. The punchbowl greens are fun to play and the spectacular views of the partially wooded glens set against the backdrop of the North Sea will stay with you. Many of the holes are secluded by the huge dunes which surround,
The 4th hole at Cruden Bay is called Port Erroll. It is described in the book ‘A Century of Golf at Cruden Bay’ as follows: “Thus named because the Water of Cruden runs along the left side of the fairway, with the old fishing village of Port Erroll on the opposite bank. The harbour is itself visible in the near distance. This is one of Simpson’s best par threes and one of Cruden Bay’s best holes. Playing straight towards the sea (and often into the wind) from an elevated tee carved out of one imposing sandhill across a deep grassy hollow to an elevated green carved out of the facing sandhill. The tee shot must carry straight and all the way to the green – it is serious business, indeed
Cruden Bay is a must-play course as it provides great entertainment with its stunning panoramic sea views framed with a perfect white sandy beach, driveable par fours, blind drives, back-to-back par threes.
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