Aberdeen and Inverness, also known as the “Hidden Gems”, are located north of St. Andrews and are perhaps the two best golf destinations in Scotland. Magnificent views, tourist attractions, and traditional and modern courses are all present here. Even if they are not part of "The Open Rota", they are host to the traditional Scottish Open.
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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
- It is the sixth oldest club in the world and its golf course is a masterpiece from start to finish. The front 9 are distinguished as one of the best 9 holes links in the world, especially holes 3, 4, 7 and 9, are probably the most difficult par 4 in Scotland.
- The Club House tenders a lot of tradition and history, including a replica of the US Amateur trophy won by Scottish Richie Ramsay in 2006. In 2011, the Walker Cup obtained by GB&I was hosted here.
Cruden Bay Golf Club
- Locals claim golf was played at Cruden Bay way back in the 18th century, but the Golf Club was not formed until 1899 when the famous Old Tom Morris and Archie Simpson designed the course.
- It offers an internationally renowned golf experience, with a classic links style and it is considered one of the best courses in Scotland.
- One of the most traditional courses in the world, it was managed by Old Tom Morris and home to the great designer Donald Ross (famous for his designs in North America and partner to Craig Stadler and Tom Watson).
- Links layout with a colourful and competitive terrain, with risks on both sides of the fairway. The greens feature a lot of movement and the bunkers are sure to penalize your score with at least one shot. Prepare to prove your levels of concentration and patience in search of a decent score, while surpassing winds gusts that blow intermittently.
Castle Stuart Golf Links
- This new golf course was designed by Gil Hanse and belongs to the same holding that owns Kingsbarns. It also hosted the 2011 Scottish Open.
- The land where the course lies stands next to the sea, and from the Club House you can admire impressive views and enjoy a 5-star service.
- It is a demanding but very fun course, with reachable par 5, drivable par 4 and par 3 that go from 120 to 210 yards. The 4th hole has the famous “Stuart Castle” that gives its name to the club.
- Founded in 1887, this is a course with history and tradition; it also hosted the Curtis Cup in 2012.
- With an out-in design, its 13th, 14th and 15th holes have fantastic elevated panoramic views of the rest of the course and the ocean. The last 3 holes border a generous forest.
- Its proximity to Castle Stuart allows you to play both courses the same day on long summer days.
Other things to do
Inverness is also named "The Gate to the Highlands", as it is the gateway to the northern mountainous area in Scotland. The highlands are distinguished for their mesmerising scenery, lakes apt for practicing fly fishing (among them, the famous Loch Ness and its monster Nessy), and the scenic routes that share similarities with the Argentinean Patagonia in South America.
Whisky: Don’t miss visiting the famous Scottish whisky distilleries like Glenord, Balblair, Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Glenwyvis and the recently inaugurated Macallan Estate.
Where to stay
In both Aberdeen and Inverness, Wegolf offers a variety of very comfortable and picturesque lodging options, from private houses, to apartments and/or hotels.
Time to book
We recommend planning a golfing trip to this destination at least 6 months in advance; you might also want to combine this destination with other locations in Scotland or UK.
When to travel
The best months to travel are from May to early October, in line with the local Championship calendar. Outside those dates, the weather is very wet and not enjoyable for golfing.
How to get there
Fly into London or Madrid and from their catch a connecting direct flight to Aberdeen or Inverness (its airport is located next to Castle Stuart). Aberdeen is strategically located in the middle, 2 hours south of Inverness and 1.5 hours north of St. Andrews (by car).