Murcar Links

Most people would drive by on their way to Cruden Bay or Royal Aberdeen... which would be a mistake.

Murcar Links

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Overview

Despite its nearness to Aberdeen, travel was not so easy in the early days. The club agreed to pay 6 shillings a week to the Seaton Brick & Tile Company to bring golfers to the club in their tramcar on the Strabathie Light Railway. The brick and tile company went bust in 1924 but the club then bought the railway which it then ran until 1949!

The Club was almost called Berryhill, Black Dog, or Seaton before the members decided on Murcar.

Murcar was the first private golf club to allow golf on Sundays. Heathens!


Golf Course Review

Murcar Links borders the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club to the south and Trump International Golf Links lies just up the coastline. Murcar sports 18 holes on the Aberdeen coast with expansive views of the North Sea 10 minutes from the Aberdeen city centre.

Murcar Links History

It was decided in December 1908 to form a new golf club and in March 1909 it became official. Archie Simpson, whilst serving at Royal Aberdeen, advised on the layout and by June it was in play. It would be James Braid who would make the course what it is today with amendments made in the 1930s. He also added the 9 hole Strabathie course.

Murcar Links Synopsis

The sandhills rise above one another in an almost terraced effect with the outward 9 hugging the coastline before returning home on the inland side of the property.

The links share the same dune ridge as Royal Aberdeen which often finds itself on many of the World Top 100 Golf Course lists... perhaps that in itself should tell you how good Murcar really is!

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Featured Architect: James Braid

James Braid moved very little earth due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features are present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of the approach. Alternative tees are provided to allow play in all conditions. Bunkering...

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Architects

  • Simpson, Archie
  • James Braid
  • Smith, George
  • Webster, Graeme J

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Aberdeenshire, AB23 8AN, Scotland

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Featured Architect: James Braid

James Braid moved very little earth due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features are present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of the approach. Alternative tees are provided to allow play in all conditions. Bunkering...

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