Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Royal Aberdeen Golf Clubhouse - geograph.org.uk - 1500189.jpg
Club information
Location Aberdeen, Scotland
Established 1780, 1888
Type Private
Total holes 36
Website royalaberdeengolf.com
Balgownie
Designed by Archie Simpson,
Robert Simspon,
James Braid (remodel)
Par 71
Length 6,861 yards (6,274 m)
Course rating 74.3
Slope rating 145 [1]
Course record 64 (Rory McIlroy)[2]
Silverburn
Par 64
Length 4,021 yards (3,677 m)
Course rating 61 [3]
Royal AberdeenGolf Club is located in Scotland
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Royal Aberdeen
Golf Club
Location in Scotland

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, was founded in 1780 and claims to be the sixth oldest golf club in the world. It was founded as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen, and became the Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815 subsequently receiving royal patronage in 1903.

Royal Aberdeen is best known for hosting the 2005 Senior British Open, the 2011 Walker Cup, and the 2014 Scottish Open.

History[edit]

Aberdeen can be closely linked to the origins of golf, the earliest reference to a golf hole in Scotland was made in local Aberdeen records dating back to 1625[4] Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was initially set up as The Society of Golfers at Aberdeen in 1780 making it the sixth oldest golf club in the world.[5]

The club continued be known as The Society of Golfers at Aberdeen before forming The Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815.[5] The club continued to play over The Queens Links area of Aberdeen where the original golf hole in 1625 was believed to have been. In 1976 play was expanded over the Kings Links area to the north of the Queens Links.[4] Golf is still played to date on this land at the King's Links Golf Club.

The club moved to its present location at Ballgownie Links on the other side of the River Don estuary in 1888.[5] The course gained its royal patronage from King Edward VII in 1903 and subsequently changed its name to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.

The course was originally designed by Archie Simpson and Robert Simpson but was later re-bunkered and lengthened to its current layout by James Braid.[6]

Since its expansion Royal Aberdeen has hosted many top golf tournaments both on an amateur and professional level including the Scottish Open, Senior British Open and the Walker Cup.

Balgownie[edit]

The course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea shore. The outward nine (which is acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formation. The inland nine returns south over the flatter plateau. A traditional old Scottish links, it is well-bunkered with undulating fairways. It has an excellent balance of holes, strong par 4's, tricky par 3's and two classic par 5's, with the 8th (signature hole) protected by nine bunkers. The ever-changing wind, tight-protected greens and a magnificent finish makes Balgownie a test for the very best. It was highly praised by participants in the 2005 Senior British Open.

Quotes[edit]

The eminent golf writer Sam McKinlay was moved to say "There are few courses in these islands with a better, more testing, more picturesque outward nine than Balgownie".[7]

And this from none other than Bernard Darwin "it represented a huge gap in my golfing education not to have played Balgownie until now, much more than a good golf course, a noble links!"[8]

Scorecards[edit]

The scorecard of the Balgownie course is as follows (all distances are given in yards)

Balgownie
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue 74.3 / 145 409 558 240 464 347 491 428 147 465 3549 354 165 534 436 441 374 411 181 440 3336 6885
White 72.7 / 142 409 530 218 430 324 491 374 147 454 3377 344 165 494 397 391 345 379 175 433 3123 6500
Yellow 71.3 / 140 399 512 210 377 291 473 367 139 436 3204 338 159 474 366 382 331 371 165 426 3012 6216
Par Men's 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 71
Red 70.1 / 126 386 507 207 375 285 455 355 133 431 3134 300 153 468 360 381 282 362 135 422 2863 5997
Par Women's 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 37 4 3 5 4 5 4 4 3 5 37 74
Green 65.6 / 115 386 390 150 375 219 407 294 133 373 2727 241 153 411 260 320 282 291 135 342 2435 5162
Par Green 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 34 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 34 68
Handicap All Tees 7 15 17 3 9 13 5 1 11 6 2 10 4 14 8 18 12 16

Source[1]

Silverburn Course[edit]

the Silverburn Course is the second course at Royal Aberdeen Golf Course and measures 4,021 yards (3,677 m) over a par of 64 [3]

Tournaments hosted[edit]

During its history Royal Aberdeen has hosted a number of top amateur and professional tournaments, between 1924 and 1980 the club hosted the Scottish Amateur seven times (1924, 1929, 1933, 1948, 1957, 1970, and 1980). Subsequently the club hosted the Jacques Léglise Trophy for boys' team golf between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe with Great Britain & Ireland claiming a 12½ to 11½ victory.

The club was chosen to host the 2005 The Senior British Open Championship, this was the first time the club had hosted a major championship on any golf tour, the tournament was won by Tom Watson with a 4-under par-score of 280 following a play off against Des Smyth.[9][10]

The club was also chosen to host the 2011 Walker Cup between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States, with Great Britain & Ireland claiming a 14 to 12 victory.[11]

In 2014 the club was selected to hosted the Scottish Open on the European Tour.[12] During the first round of the tournament Rory McIlroy set a new course record with a 7-under-par 64,[2] the tournament was won by Justin Rose with a total score of 16-under-par.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Balgownie scorecard". Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Scottish Open: Rory McIlroy breaks course record in Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Silverburn scorecard". Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "1625 Aberdeen - The Schoolmaster Golfer". Scottish Golf History. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "History". Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Home Page". Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Royal Aberdeen Golf Club". The links. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Royal Aberdeen Golf Club". Golf Scotland. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Senior British Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management - Official Scores". European Tour. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Watson wins second senior British Open championship". European Tour. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Walker Cup 2011: GB&I beat USA at Royal Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Scottish Open to moves to Royal Aberdeen in 2014". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Scottish Open: Justin Rose seals title at Royal Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 57°10′42″N 2°05′01″W / 57.1782°N 2.0837°W / 57.1782; -2.0837