Trump International Golf Links Scotland Course Review

Sheer golfing exhilaration on this superb links, blending traditional features with modern styling

Trump International Golf Links Scotland Course Review
(Image credit: Kevin Murray)

You'll find sheer golfing exhilaration from start to finish on this magnificent links blending traditional features with modern styling.

Trump International Golf Links Scotland Course Review

Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 14

Previous Rankings

2019/20 – 10 2017/18 - 8 2015/16 - 14 2013/14 - 2011/12 - 2009/10 -

Summer Green Fees

Round - £305

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Medal Tee: Par 72 – 6,329 Yards

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Changes since previous ranking

Extensive re-development of bunkering under supervision of Martin Hawtree. A total of 40 bunkers were converted from rivetted to a more natural look with marram grass edging, to blend more seamlessly with the landscape.

Trump International Golf Links Scotland Course Review

Since opening for play in 2012, Trump International Golf Links on the coast north of Aberdeen, has earned a reputation as one of the very best coastal courses in the country. Whatever views you have on the owners, the golfing offering is spectacular.

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Set across an incredible stretch of links land with fairways wending between towering sand hills, past wild grasses and flowers, there are glimpses of the stunning, sprawling beach and great views up and down the coast.

The 3rd at Trump International Scotland
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Course designer Martin Hawtree spoke of how fortunate he was to work with this terrain and how keen he was to use the lie of the land to the greatest possible effect. He has managed it fantastically well.

From the par-3 3rd where the beach is revealed just yards behind the putting surface to the stunning 14th where the elevated tee looks down upon a sweeping fairway forging through the dunes, this is a stirring and hugely memorable layout.

Trump International Golf Links Scotland Course Review

There are no weak holes, it’s a triumph of design. There’s a wonderful blend of long and short holes and, with both nines starting and ending at the clubhouse, the wind helps and hurts equally on both sides.

Trump International Golf Links Scotland Course Review

The course can be set up to be supremely challenging and, when the wind blows, even the finest players will find their game receives a thorough examination.

But a selection of teeing options means players of varying standards will enjoy a game on the Menie Estate.

It’s a course where simply walking the beautifully maintained pathways through the dunes is enjoyable and good golf would be merely a bonus.

The work done on the bunkering has further enhanced the aesthetics and it really is a visually stunning golf course.

Off course, the clubhouse is more understated than you might imagine and the practice facilities are second to none – the short game area is a work of art.

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Assessor Feedback

Trump International delivers golfing rock and roll – a real adrenaline kick out on the links. I don’t think I have ever encountered a links course in such good condition. It’s a stunning design, both as a work of art and a test of golf. Hawtree’s links masterpiece. It’s a fairytale golf course.

GM Verdict

Sheer golfing exhilaration from start to finish on this magnificent links blending traditional features with modern styling. Tough when the wind blows, but hugely enjoyable. A real experience.

Fergus Bisset
Fergus Bisset

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and it was concentrated by his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?