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Aberdeen: A World Centre of Golf – Don’t Think So

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Now why would anyone suggest that Aberdeen could become a world centre of golf? Could it be a golf tour operator seeking headlines for his Celtic Golf trips?

Jerry Quinlan recently visited Donald Trump’s controversial (because of its creation and not the quality) new golf course due to open in June and David Ewen chief reporter for Aberdeen’s Evening Express writes that Jerry, “described the 18-holer as in a “different league” to other venues and said it was good enough to hold any event, including the biennial Ryder Cup competition between the US and Europe.”

“The Donald” may well have dreams for his Menie Estate Course but it will take more influence then he’ll ever have to make Aberdeen a world centre of golf. Nevertheless should you be sold by Jerry’s Celtic Golf to make a golfing trip to the “Granite City”. Good on you there’s some great golf courses not far from there.

OK I may be exaggerating a wee bit like Jerry. But within than a three hour drive, less in the case of Nairn and Castle Stuart, you can, first of all play Nairn which has played host to the Walker Cup and about to do it again for the Curtis Cup in early June.

A wee bit further along the road there’s Castle Stuart, the new home for the Scottish Open and finally further up the road, “The jewel in the Scottish Highland’s crown”  Royal Dornoch.

Too far you say! Can’t believe anyone would come so far up north and not play Royal Dornoch which truly is, “good enough to hold any event, including the biennial Ryder Cup competition between the US and Europe.”

With thoughts of my previous trips up north including those of my (Scottish) youth, Cruden Bay comes to mind. The remarkable thing about Cruden Bay is that it is so highly regarded by course “experts” throughout the world. “Remarkable” for me in the sense it’s so widely known for a wee place and I hadn’t previously grasped just how famous it is – In Scotland it’s easy to become blasé about great golf courses and just how good they are.

And by the way Cruden Bay is only about 30 minutes from Aberdeen and in the summer it stays bright and light until at least 10 pm

Here’s the link to David Ewen

Quote of the Day

“Never have I seen a links golf course or any golf course for that matter so intimidating on first viewing. A first look at Western Gailes will raise your pulse a few notches, but Cruden Bay is downright scary! Maybe it's the way you approach it from high above looking down at the layout. Maybe it's Cruden Bay's reputation--rated No. 52 in Golf Magazine's World's Top 100. Maybe it's the Bay of Cruden, that crescent of water bordering the golf course. Maybe it's the dramatic marram-crested sand dunes and deep valleys. Whatever it is, Cruden Bay is the fiercest-looking golf course in Scotland and certainly one of the finest. Cruden Bay is a golf course Nature built, the architect just decided where to place the holes.” – Excerpt from Golf Nook Scotland

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