Hazlehead Park

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Hazlehead Park
Snow covering the woods of Hazlehead Park
Type Public Park
Location Aberdeen, Scotland
Coordinates 57°8′19″N 2°10′43″W / 57.13861°N 2.17861°W / 57.13861; -2.17861
Area 180 hectares (1,800,000 m²)
Created (bought by the city for the public) 1920
Operated by Aberdeen City Council
Status Open all year

Hazlehead Park is a large public park in the Hazlehead area of Aberdeen, Scotland. 180 hectares in size, it was opened to the public in 1920, having formerly been the estate of Hazlehead House, home of William Rose, shipbuilder.

A large, heavily wooded park on the outskirts of the city, it is popular with walkers on the many tracks through forests; sports enthusiasts (particularly mountain bikers); naturalists; and picnickers. Horse riders from the nearby Hayfield horse centre ride on the tracks that snake through it.

There are football pitches, two golf courses, a pitch and putt course and a horse-riding school. The park has a significant collection of sculpture by a range of artists, including the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster. It also has heritage items which have been rescued from various places within the city, and it features Scotland's oldest maze, first planted in 1935.[1] There is a cafe which will be reopening in summer 2012.

In September 2007, Hazlehead Park was host to the Northsound Radio concert, Free 2007. It took place on Sunday 2 September 2007, and claims to be the biggest free outdoor event in Scotland.


The park's golf course overlooking Aberdeen city.

The park is most famous for its two 18 hole and its pitch and putt golf courses. The courses are public owned and there are no handicap or other restrictions for those who play on them.

The "Number 1 course" was designed by Alistair MacKenzie, better known for designing the Augusta National.

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  1. ^ "Hazlehead maze opens for the summer". Aberdeen City Council News. 2006-06-16. Archived from the original on 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 

Further reading[edit]

  1. Information about William Rose is sourced from "The Gilcomston Story", an account of Gilcomston Church from its beginnings to 1945, written by Francis Lyall. The relevant section is the piece regarding Rev. Robert Forgan.

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