Macduff Aberdeenshire AB44 1TA
18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Clifftop course with abundant North Sea views.
Original layout designed by George Smith (golf professional of Lossiemouth).
o.5 mi E of Macduff / 44 mi NW of Aberdeen.
Royal Tarlair Golf Club: situated in the town of Macduff, this clifftop seaside golf course commands panoramic views of the rugged North Sea coastline. Only a few miles along from the clubhouse is the village of Pennan, made famous by the film "Local Hero." In the case of Royal Tarlair, the "local heroes" who made the course a possibility in 1923 were the trustees of the Duke of Fife's estate. The trustees generously gifted this tract of land to the people of Macduff for the purpose of constructing a golf course.
This clifftop parkland layout presents a worthy challenge for the more serious golfer. It also offers enjoyable golf in a scenic seaside setting that golfers of all levels will enjoy. Although parts of the course are lightly bunkered and a bit featureless, one hole not to be missed is the very scenic signature par-3 13th (known as the "Clivet"). This exhilarating hole will test your nerve to the limit, with a tee shot over a yawning gully. The North Sea provides the green with its immensely scenic backdrop. (Potentially not so scenic are the club's plans for some housing development alongside the course and the installation of wind turbines, which could seriously take the edge of this otherwise very scenic course).
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
George V conferred the Royal prefix on the club in its founding year (1926), based on the patronage of his eldest daughter Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife. By royal prerogative, 10 Scottish golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Aberdeen, Royal & Ancient (St Andrews), Burgess, Dornoch, Duff House, Montrose, Musselburgh, Perth, Tarlair and Troon.
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