Cruden Bay Golf Club

The routing is spectacular - hitting every highlight and making use of the best natural features. Tom Doak wishes he could claim it as his own.

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Overview

Blind shots at Cruden Bay Golf Club have a traffic light system... green means play on and red means wait!

When asked which hole was best in 1937, Tom Simpson answered the 8th without hesitation.

In 2007, the club discovered they owned more linksland than previously thought. The result is the famous one-shot 19th from Mr Frank Pont.

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the routing.

There is evidence that golf was played at Cruden Bay from 1791!

If you play the Main Course you can play the 9 hole, St Olaf Course for free the day before, on the same day or the day after!

Cruden Bay Golf Club Reviews

Clyde Johnson contributed an analysis of the 3rd hole on The Fried Egg.

Cruden Bay Golf Club Videos

No Laying Up's visit can be seen here

Watch Erik Anders Lang's visit here

No one knows Cruden Bay Golf Club better than Ru Macdonald - his video is here

Watch Hidden Links video is here

An aerial tour of the course can be seen here

Cookie Jar's magnificent work is found here


Golf Course Review

Cruden Bay Golf Club is found in a small village on the north coast of the Bay of Cruden in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. North of Aberdeen and south of Peterhead, the course sits on the coastline of the North Sea.

The Cruden Bay Golf Club was founded in 1899 and was owned by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company. Construction began in 1894 and opened five years later on April 14, 1899. The 18 hole course was designed by Old Tom Morris and Archie Simpson. In 1926, the course was redesigned by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler. Much of the original routing and greens were kept.

In 1949, the club was sold to a group of private individuals and a new clubhouse constructed in 1961. Frank Pennink wrote that it is one of Scotland's finest links. In fact, Tom Simpson himself considered it one of his finest achievements.

The course stretches out to just over 6600 yards from the back tees. There are only two par 5's on the card. With only one par 3 on the front nine, there are three on the back - and two back to back on 15 & 16!

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Ranked63/100in the world
Ranked21/100in GB&I
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Tom Simpson was known for: Routings often contain sets of triangles. In fact, when routing a golf course he would divide the parcel of land into three triangles. Every natural green site would be explored and identified as suited for a Par 3, 4 or 5. Strategic placement & minimal amounts of lace-edged...

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Aberdeenshire, AB42 0NN, Scotland

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Tom Simpson was known for: Routings often contain sets of triangles. In fact, when routing a golf course he would divide the parcel of land into three triangles. Every natural green site would be explored and identified as suited for a Par 3, 4 or 5. Strategic placement & minimal amounts of lace-edged...

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