Royal Aberdeen is a links course that has hosted many tournaments. Probably has one of the most understated entrances as you can tell below.
I visited the course during The Open 2018 when it was played at Carnoustie. The course was very busy, but they allowed me to go out early on my own.
A fantastic view on the opening hole. A slight downhill par 4 where I hit my drive into the left hand rough and couldn’t get to the green. Made an opening bogey.
You can just see the narrow fairway in the middle running along the natural environment.
A difficult hole where my tees bounced over the green and resulted in a bogey.
Needless to say that it requires a good tee shot and most shots that miss the green is bunker bound. It is a relatively short hole and I hit a perfect 9 iron to set up a birdie.
There is a pin to aim for depending on the tee you are playing from. I opted for a hybrid from the tee which is more than enough and leaves a wedge to the green.
My approach shot came up short and rolled back down from the green.
The par 3 17th is just amazing, especially in the condition I was playing with little wind and clear blues sky.
A strong finishing hole slightly uphill to the green
I didn’t have any expectations before arriving, but I was impressed with the course. It is a true links course and deserves to be played if you are visiting the area. The condition was not 100% as they had some maintenance work done on some of the holes. Greens were good and running well. Overall highly recommendable.