Cruden Bay Golf Club
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This unique links course was commissioned in 1894 by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company and fully opened in 1899 as part of the recreational facilities offered by the Cruden Bay Hotel, newly erected and opened in March of that same year. The inner nine hole "ladies course" was also laid out at the same time. From the onset, golfers came from all over the world to play the championship golf course - designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews, with help from Archie Simpson.
The Cruden Bay Golf Club was formed around 1900. In 1926 the course was redesigned to the current layout by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler. They also redesigned the inner ‘St Olaf’ course which was opened at the same time.
The course itself is quirky and exciting to play. A mixture of elevated tee shots, blind shots, drivable par fours and back to back par threes make for a very interesting round. Always in excellent condition, Cruden Bay is a regular in the Top 100 Courses in the World.