Architect: Robert and Archie Simpson, Tom Simpson, JH Taylor, James Braid and Donald Steel
Stats: 6,497 yds, par 71, SSS 73
GF: £120 per round, £170 per day
Visitor information: Weekdays, and weekends after 15:30, check website for details

2010 Ranking: 21 (up 2)

Improvements since 2010 Rankings:

Course: Redesign of 15th hole by Martin Hawtree

Panellists’ Comments: “The challenge provided is for the stout of heart and phlegmatic of temperament”; “If you haven’t fallen maddeningly in love with Balgownie by the 4th hole there is definitely something missing from your links’ taste buds”; “Royal Aberdeen is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – beautiful on the outside but a monster underneath.”

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