Legendary Murcar Links Golf Club
Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen was once described by Golf Monthly writer Barry Ward as having, fairways 'tighter than a taxman's purse!' Its sand hills are legendary and have played a key role in shaping the fairways and greens that are curved around the dunes. The views from this links course along the North Sea are as spectacular as the game is challenging.
Located just five miles north of Aberdeen City Centre, Murcar Links Golf Club is in exalted company. It is right next to Royal Aberdeen, and Cruden Bay is only twenty minutes away. The three courses are by themselves enough excuse to plan a golf vacation to Scotland. The layout of the course is such that Murcar is surrounded by magnificent landscape with views of the North Sea from nearly every hole. The elevated tees offer a spectacular view of the Aberdeen City skyline to the south and the unending curved coastline extending to Cruden Bay in the north.
Built in 1909 Murcar is a natural Championship Links designed originally by Archie Simpson. It was modified in the 1930s by James Braid and has recently undergone further renovations by Graeme J Webster/Team Niblick Ltd. Nonetheless it is still very much in tune with the original course created by Simpson and modified by Braid.
Considered among the top 100 courses in UK, Murcar Links Golf Club has hosted numerous competitions including the 2005 pre-qualifiers for the British Senior Open and the European Challenge Tour's ‘Scottish Challenge’ in 2006. In keeping with the improvements of the course, a new clubhouse and driving range have been added recently along with a dedicated short game improvement area.
The 6,560 yards par 71 championship links boasts of being only for the brave hearted. The wind plays a significant role in the game, which as it is challenged by the meandering fairways amidst heather and gorse and the ubiquitous dunes. The course offers you the chance to play every single shot that is there is in the book. Remember the generosity of the tight fisted taxman?