Cruden Bay Golf Club

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At A Glance

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!

Further Reading

Frank Pont's restorative work is showcased here.

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

Further Viewing

No Laying Up visited the course and the video can be seen by clicking here

Erik Anders Lang visited the course and the video can be seen by clicking here

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

Hidden Links video is here

An aerial view of the course can be seen here


Full Course Review

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 1 par 3 on the front nine, there are 3 on the back - and two back to back on 15 & 16!


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