23 ROYAL ABERDEEN – Balgownie
Architect: A Simpson, R Simpson
2006 position: 27
Stats: 6,530 yds; par 71; SSS 73
T: 01224 702571
I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so eager to get out onto a course as I did sitting in the character-filled clubhouse here.
The prospect is awesome as you look out across the opening tee and down the 1st fairway towards a distant green perched temptingly on the edge of the links with the North Sea behind.
Winding through impressive sand hills, the front nine provides one of the finest stretches of links holes anywhere.
The secret to its success is variety – from long holes, where your ball-striking is tested to its limits, to the shorter par 4s and 3s, where strategy really comes to the fore. FB
+ Filled with character and history; front nine is absolutely first class
– Back nine is good, but can only be an anti-climax after the outward half
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