Everyone who has played Cruden Bay raves about the place. It’s definitely on my to do list.
Here’s a link to the website: https://www.crudenbaygolfclub.co.uk.
And here’s some history about the Club: There is evidence, in the form of a ballot box inscribed Cruden Golf Club 1791that a nine-hole golf course existed before the layout of today’s links course. It may have been located at the Ward Hill near Slains Castle, and indeed the Cruden Bay Golf Club of today has in its possession a winner’s medal from a competition played on the Ward Hill dated 1883.
However our 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.
The Cruden Bay Golf Club was formed around 1900, the first Captain being the Rev B Alcock. In 1926 the course was redesigned to the current layout by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler. They also redesigned the St Olaf course which was opened at the same time. The original course measured 5290 yards. By 1908 the course had been extended to 5929 yards, and then in 1926 the partnership of Simpson and Fowler oversaw the redevelopment of the course, although many of Tom Morris’s original greens and basic routing are still in evidence.
The golf course is located just north of Aberdeen, and there are several really fantastic courses all within 45 minutes drive in that area.