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Murcar Links Golf Club

Murcar, Bridge of Don,

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB23 8BD

  • Office

    +44 (0)1224 704 354
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1224 704 370
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1224 704 354
  • Golf pro

    Gary Forbes

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Archie Simpson

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the championship course. Also at Murcar is the 9-hole Strathbathie course (2,680 yds).






How to get there:

5 miles N of Aberdeen

From the bridge over the River Don in the north of Aberdeen, follow the A90 north for 1.8 miles. At roundabout turn right direction Murcar. After 100 yards turn left to Murcar Golf Club. Clubhouse is o.7 miles down the single-track road.

Murcar Links Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1909

Murcar Links Golf Club: The fabulous stretch of sand dunes that runs north from the city of Aberdeen, does not stop at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Right next door and reaching further northward are the also impressive golf links of Murcar.

Here, in full view of the North Sea, there is little protection from the elements. This ensures wonderful sea views to accompany your round, but also a degree of wind to help (or maybe hinder) your progress round the course ... anything from a light nor'easterly to a full-on gale might be blowing.

The tight knit dunes provide the course with its ruggedly undulating terrain, roller-coaster and often tight fairways, and undulating greens. There's also several blind tee and approach shots to contend with, especially on the back-nine.

Always challenging, always invigorating, Murcar is a classic seaside links course in the great Scottish tradition - just hope the wind and weather are on reasonably good behaviour when you play.

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  • Photo of Murcar Links Golf Club
  • Photo of Murcar Links Golf Club
  • Photo of Murcar Links Golf Club
  • Photo of Murcar Links Golf Club
  • Photo of Murcar Links Golf Club
  • Photo of Murcar Links Golf Club


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): weekdays £110; weekends £135.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

In December 1908, at a meeting in the Imperial Hotel, Aberdeen, it was decided to proceed with the formation of a new golf club. By March of the following year, the Murcar Links Golf Club officially came into being, but not without some controversy over the choice of name. There was also support at the formative meeting for the names: Berryhill, Black Dog and Seaton. All of the names related to the surrounding area on which the course is built. After much discussion, Murcar and Seaton were tied with 11 votes each. The Chairman cast his vote in favour of Murcar and thus there started the long history of links golf under that name. Seaton and Black Dog gained some consolation in that they are the names of the 6th and 9th holes on Murcar respectively.

Published ranking

Scotland: 35th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).


  • Udny Arms Hotel3-star

    32 Main Street, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire AB41 6BL.

    +44 (0)1358 789 444

    Visit website

    Overlooking the peaceful Ythan Estuary and reputedly home of the original sticky toffee pudding, the 3-star Udny Arms Hotel is located just a short walk from Newburgh on Ythan golf course and Aberdeenshire's sandy beaches.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Newburgh-on-Ythan; Trump Aberdeen.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Murcar Links; Royal Aberdeen; Cruden Bay.

  • The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa5-star

    North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen AB15 9YA.

    +44 (0)1224 861 000

    Visit website

    Set in its own picturesque grounds on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen, The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa at Pitfodels is a five-star Scottish country hotel offering 40 luxury guest rooms and suites. Since its official opening in 1993 by Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, this luxury hotel has earned wide acclaim as an ideal base for exploring the many riches that North-east Scotland offers ... not least an excellent array of world-class coastal and inland golf courses that includes Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Trump Aberdeen. The hotel is a member of the coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Deeside; Royal Aberdeen (6 mi).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Murcar; Newmachar; Trump Intl; Newburgh-on-Ythan; Banchory; Meldrum House.

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