Golf originated in Scotland six centuries ago, and while the sport has come a long way from its humble origins pushing pebbles around sand dunes with sticks, the contemporary version remains as popular as ever. Golf enthusiasts flock to Scotland each year to enjoy the sport, contributing £220 million in tourism, and it’s easy to see the allure. If you’re keen to make golf a feature of your Scottish adventure, then there are fewer places more perfect than among Aberdeenshire’s golden beaches and lush green hills.
Aberdeenshire is home to the UK’s highest golf course, at 339 metres above sea level, Braemar sits on the edge of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Braemar Castle which dates back to 1628 is a must-see while in the area, and many visitors also enjoy hiking, hunting, cycling and snow sports.
Dotted with coastal cliffs and golden dunes, the Aberdeenshire coast is home to some of the world’s most challenging links courses which enjoy panoramic sea views and striking seascapes. And you don’t have to head far from the city lights to enjoy them, the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and King Links Golf Course are both roughly a 10 minute drive from the heart of Aberdeen.
Two of the 10 oldest golf courses in the world are situated in Aberdeenshire; The Royal Aberdeen Golf Course and Fraserburgh. And if you fancy experiencing the royal treatment for the day, the 9-hole course in the grounds of the Queen’s summer retreat at Balmoral is now open to corporate bookings during the warmer months.
One of the most diverse and picturesque places in the world to enjoy a game of golf, Aberdeenshire is well worth the visit for golf pro’s and novices alike. The region’s rolling hills, fast-flowing rivers, forests, castles and sandy beaches create a variety of dynamic courses for you to explore from your base in the Aberdeen.