Royal Aberdeen, Scotland

Royal Aberdeen is a links course that has hosted many tournaments. Probably has one of the most understated entrances as you can tell below.2018-07-19 10.48.03.jpg

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.

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Hole 1, par 4

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.

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Hole 2, par 5

You can just see the narrow fairway in the middle running along the natural environment.

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Quite undulating fairway on the 2nd hole
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2nd green which is a small target with all the run off areas that most likely will end up in a bunker
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Hole 3, par 3

A difficult hole where my tees bounced over the green and resulted in a bogey.

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Narrow fairway on par 5 hole 6
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6th green where my second shot ended up in the bunker.
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Hole 8, par 3

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.

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Blind tee shot on 10th

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.

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10th green

My approach shot came up short and rolled back down from the green.

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Nice views of 12th green
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13th green
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14th green
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17th hole
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17th

The par 3 17th is just amazing, especially in the condition I was playing with little wind and clear blues sky.

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hole 18, par 4

A strong finishing hole slightly uphill to the green

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Looking back down 18th
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Great views from the clubhouse

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.

 

 

 

 

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