Cruden Bay (11)
Cruden Bay golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland offers 27 holes, made up of the renowned 18 hole Championship course, and the St, Olaf gem of a 9 hole course. It was fully opened in 1899 as part of the recreational facilities offered by the Cruden Bay hotel after being commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company in 1894. Cruden Bay golf course is consistently included in the world top 100 golf courses, and was voted the 54th best golf course in the world by Links Golf Magazine as well as 2nd top fun course in Britain and Ireland. In November 2012, the course was presented with the Golf Tourism Scotland Award for the top course in Scotland. In 2017 the view from the 9th tee was voted the best view from a hole in Scottish Golf by VisitScotland.
The course was originally designed by Old Tom Morris, but it is believed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791. Cruden Bay is located of the east coast of Scotland 23 miles north of Aberdeen amongst picturesque views of the surrounding countryside and of Slains Castle.
Cruden Bay golf course is a 45 minute journey from Aberdeen and is around 3 hours away from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The somewhat remote location has kept this course from having a wider renown, but any travellers willing to make the journey are well rewarded. The Cruden Bay Champiosnhip golf course is a 18 hole links course with a length of roughly 5727m. It is very much a traditional links with humps, hollows and many blind shots. Cruden Bay is a unique course and has been called non-conformist, unpredictable and flamboyant by Pete Dye.
The backdrop of contoured greens and incredible panoramic views more than justifies the course’s top 100 ranking. A visit to Cruden Bay will be a very memorable one as they say in their tag line “A Unique and Unforgettable Experience”.
The clubhouse also offers changing facilities and a golf pro shop, as well as a driving range, practice area, putting green, pitching green, chipping green and a practice bunker.