Our hotel is ideally situated for golf lovers with many championship courses on our doorstep or within a short drive.
Within a few minutes drive from the hotel are two of the best links golf courses in the world - Royal Aberdeen and Murcar. Fifteen minutes up the coast is another world class golf course, Cruden Bay, and within ten minutes is one of the finest inland courses in Scotland, Hawkshill at Newachar Golf Club.
Murcar Golf Club
Voted as the Golf Tourism Scotland "Course of the Year 2007"; the Murcar Championship Golf Links has a par of 71 and a standard scratch rating of 73 (USGA rating 72.6 and USGA slope rating 138). Murcar frequently features in the Top 100 courses in the UK, and the Visit Scotland Top 40 Great Scottish Links Collection. During July 2006, Murcar Links hosted the European Challenge Tour's inaugural Scottish Challenge. In July we will host the European Girls Team Championship and in our Centenary Year, the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship. We are also the nearest Championship Links Course (5 miles south) of the proposed Trump International Golf Links Scotland.
"Murcar Link's is as fine a links course as you could wish to play" (Paul Lawrie, 1999 Open Champion) and adjoins Royal Aberdeen to its south side. With Cruden Bay a mere twenty minute car drive north, Murcar is without doubt, "a hidden gem"(Peter Alliss, TV Commentator & Former Ryder Cup Player). The three of them are a hat trick of golf courses not to be missed by the discerning golfer.
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Founded in 1780, Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. The Balgownie course was designed by Archie and Robert Simpson and later remodelled by James Braid. The club's "Royal" designation was awarded by Edward VII in 1903.
The course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea shore. The outward nine (which is arguably acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formation and the inland nine on the plateau. A traditional old Scottish links, it is well bunkered with undulating fairways. It is an excellent balance of holes, strong par 4's, tricky par 3's and two classic par 5's, with the 8th (signature hole) protected by 10 bunkers. The ever changing wind, tight greens and a magnificent finish makes Balgownie a test for the very best.
The eminent golf writer Sam McKinlay was moved to say "There are few courses in these islands with a better, more testing, more picturesque outward nine than Balgownie".
Visitors are made extremely welcome at Royal Aberdeen and they may play the championship course, Balgownie Links provided they have a handicap of 24 or under.
There is a second course called the Silverburn Course.
Balgownie Championship Links: 6,415 yards - 6,850 yards, Par 70/71
Silverburn Course: 4,021 yards, Par 64
Curden Bay Golf Course
It is claimed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791. The original course, on the present site, was commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) following the expansion of the railways at the end of the 19th century, designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews, and opened in 1899.
Cruden Bay offers an internationally famous golfing experience - old fashioned links golf at its best - on one of the best links courses in Scotland, and last year was placed at No 52 in the world by "Golf Magazine".
Newmachar Golf Clubs
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.
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.
The Swailend Course
Swailend opened in June 1997, this 6388 yard, par 72 (SSS 71), (US Slope Rating 117), is another Dave Thomas design which forms part of the excellent facilities at Newmachar Golf Club.
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.