Golf in Aberdeen
We’re also very proud of our place on the golfing map. We tend to forget the bit about Jean van de Veldes’ triple bogie and taking his shoes and socks off to go paddling in the burn in the play off at Carnoustie.
Our preferred memory of that evening is local lad Paul Lawrie lifting the open Championship Claret Jug. Paul has put significant time and effort into the creation of his foundation which supports young golfing talent and he now also has the excellent Paul Lawrie Golf Centre with a nine hole course and 27 bay driving range on the banks of the river Dee.
The Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie is further cementing the north east’s place as a golfing mecca. This will only be enhanced when the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is played at Royal Aberdeen in 2014.
Golf remains an accessible sport in the city for the young and the old, the local resident and the visitor. The city has three municipal courses - Hazlehead, Balnagask, and The Links – and what municipal courses. We’re not ones to boast but Hazlehead No 1 was designed by Dr Alistair Mackenzie who created the Augusta National course home of the US Masters.
The difficulty for the visitor lies in deciding which course within 15 minutes of the centre of the city? Craibstone, Balgownie, Murcar, Royal Aberdeen, Deeside, Peterculter? Don’t think that broadening your search to Aberdeenshire will help – then you’ll be faced with a choice in excess of fifty courses within an hour and a half’s drive!