Newmachar Hawkshill (72)
Hawkshill, a championship golf course at Newmachar Golf Club, opened for play in September of 1990. Designed by Dave Thomas, the golf course has been endorsed by Peter Alliss and is known as the toughest of all the courses in the area.
With water hazards coming into play on no fewer than seven holes, mature silver birch and Scots pine trees lining the strategically bunkered fairways and greens, Hawksbill is already acknowledged as one of the true tests of golf in Scotland. Although some commentators have likened it to an American layout, the real character of the course is firmly Scottish, with a similarity to the Kings Course at Gleneagles or Rosemount.
This area is famed for its world-class links but Thomas encouraged golfers to go inland and experience the dynamic duo of Hawkshill and Swailend, which opened in 1990 and 1997 respectively. Both are par-72s but the Hawkshill is undoubtedly top dog, having staged several major tournaments including the Scottish Professional Championship and the Scottish Seniors Open.
Opened for play in 1990, the par-72 6,730-yard course makes for a tough test. Water hazards, strategic fairway bunkering and mature trees combine to make this a test for even the best of golfers.
Newmachar Golf Club, which has hosted European tour and international events, is on the outskirts of Aberdeen, Scotland and near its international airport. Within a two hour drive are other renowned courses such as St Andrews, Gleneagles, Carnoustie, Cruden Bay and Nairn.
For tourists and overseas visitors there is nearby Royal Deeside and the historic castles and malt whisky distilleries for which the North-east of Scotland and Speyside are famous. Numerous top class Hotels are within easy driving distance. The Hawkshill Course Opened for play in September 1990, this Dave Thomas designed, 6700 yard Championship Course, has been endorsed by Peter Alliss and is a real challenge to all who set foot on the first tee.
With a par of 72 (SSS 74), (US Slope Rating 143), Hawkshill is the toughest of all the courses in the area. With water hazards coming in to play in no fewer than seven holes, mature silver birch and Scots pine trees lining the strategically bunkered fairways and greens, the Hawkshill Course is already acknowledged as one of the true tests of golf in Scotland.
Whilst it may not be as challenging as the Hawkshill Course, it nevertheless provides a test all of its own, with some well positioned bunkering and testing greens. Constructed on rolling countryside, where some 26,000 trees have been planted which gives added character to the layout, the Swailend Course will appeal to all standards of golfer.