Our pal Lorne Smith, hosts an ongoing discussion of the better golf courses in the British Isles over at Fine Golf . He recently had the pleasure of playing the newest, and possibly the most celebrated golf course opening in years, the Trump International Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Aberdeen is 2 hours north of St. Andrews, and while it has never been known as a favored Scottish golf course destination, it does have Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, the 6th oldest golf club in the world, as well as the nearby Cruden Bay Golf Club. Both clubs would receive visitor play as golfers made the trek from St. Andrews to Inverness for Royal Dornoch and Nairn, or a day trip from St. Andrews, but it has never been a destination of sorts. When Donald Trump won the protracted battle to construct the golf course on the rugged linksland along the northeast coast of Scotland on the North Sea, many believed it would assist in establishing Aberdeen as a new destination for golfers traveling to Scotland. That outcome remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, Martin Hawtree, the architect was successful in establishing a routing among the dunes which many believe will actually become one of the best golf courses in the world as it matures. Check out Lorne’s unbiased review of the Trump International Golf Club here.