Murcar Links Golf Club Course Review

A fabulous and quite natural links with elevated tees, gorse, variety and excellent views out to the North Sea

The thrilling par-4 seventh at Murcar Links
(Image credit: Kevin Murray)

A fabulous and quite natural links with elevated tees, gorse, variety and excellent views out to the North Sea

Murcar Links Golf Club Course Review

Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 94 Previous Rankings 2019/20 - 96 2017/18 - 100 New Entry

Summer Green Fees

Round - £130wd, £150we

Visitors: welcome weekdays, Saturday from 14:30, Sunday from 11:00

Medal Tee: Par 71 - 6,516 Yards

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Changes since previous ranking

A slight remodelling to the right of the second green, mainly due to wear and tear.

Murcar Links Golf Club Course Review

The Aberdeen area has more recently grown to become one of our strongest golfing destinations. If Murcar Links is perhaps a little less well-known than some of its more illustrious neighbours, it shouldn’t be!

The opening hole

The club dates back to 1909, and its course is blessed with all the ingredients that make up a great links. Close enough to Royal Aberdeen to swap scorecards through the fence, an overhit approach at the third hole could take you onto the 10th tee next door. This connection extends to the original architect, Archie Simpson, who was then both Professional and Head Greenkeeper at Balgownie, and who designed the layout.

The third hole at Murcar Links - Icehouse

Subsequent changes by James Braid and George Smith fashioned the course as it is today. It is a fabulous and traditional links with elevated tees, gorse and wide views out to sea. Arguably a shade more forgiving than its immediate neighbour, scoring is dependent upon how well you manage the tough par 4s.

Holes Along The Shore

The course really enters its stride when you get down to the shoreline at the par-five 4th. At just 489 yards, it would appear to be a serious birdie opportunity, but the green is tricky and you will need to navigate everything carefully. Once you’ve hit two solid shots past the derelict fishing boat in the rough, you’ll need to pitch to the elevated green. There is a 30-yard run off at the green’s front, and a large revetted pot bunker to its left.

Following this, you encounter one of the best holes on the course. Plateau is a very tricky par 3 where club selection is everything. Well, that and playing a good shot with it! It is considered by the members to be a longer version of the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon.

The par-4 ninth hole at Murcar Links

Anything pulled to the left will work its way down the hill, leaving a lob-shot from 20-yards beneath the green. A block to the right is treated with equal disdain by twin bunkers that eat your ball and leave little chance of a successful up and down.

The two-shotter at seven is an absolute cracker, where your drive has to cross two burns and then stay left of the ditch before playing up to a green protected by two beautifully revetted bunkers.

Great and engaging golf continues all the way. Keep the ball in play and you will do well; let the wind get a hold and you will struggle.

Assessor Feedback

Quality golf on the Aberdeenshire coast that should be better known as a household name in golfing circles further afield. A very underrated golf course.

GM Verdict

A fabulous and quite natural links with elevated tees, gorse, variety and excellent views out to the North Sea.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly for over ten years, specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played more than 1,170 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2021, he still managed to play 80 different courses during the year, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but nine. During the 2021-22 review period, Rob has played 34 of the Golf Monthly Top 200. He is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.