Peterhead Golf Club

The 18th oldest club in the world and one of the very first in the north of Scotland.

Peterhead Golf Club

Aberdeenshire, AB42 1LT, Scotland


There is no large sign, pearly gates, or tree-lined road with a clubhouse at the end of the drive. The golf course is accessed by a footbridge over the River Ugie from the car park on the opposite bank.

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Peterhead Golf Club is found in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, midway between Cruden Bay and Fraserburgh. Craigewan Links are found to the north of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland with the River Ugie bordering the course to the west and south and the North Sea to the east. Scotstown Beach lies to the east of the links between the course and North Sea.

Peterhead Golf Club History

The Peterhead Golf Club was founded in 1841, making it the 18th oldest golf club in the world. The course which the club now plays over, known as Craigewan Links, was laid out as a 9 hole course in 1892. The course was extended to 18 holes in 1908 by Archie Simpson.

Peterhead Golf Club Golf Course Architects

The original Willie Park Jr holes at Peterhead Golf Club are the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 13th. New holes dating from the 1960s include holes 1, 2, and 3 and the 16th. The remaining holes can be attributed to Archie Simpson.

Tom Simpson at Peterhead

There is some speculation as to whether James Braid was called up to bunker the course after 1908. It was in fact, Tom Simpson. He wrote in July 1909 in the Buchan Observer and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser that “nothing improves a man so quickly as when he is compelled to play with his head.”

He again visited the course in July 1923 and said the greens were some of the best he had seen of the 60 courses he visited that year. (Aberdeen Press and Journal – Monday 16 July 1923)

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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

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