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Cruden Bay

Buchan & Byers are delighted to forward you a very special welcome to Cruden Bay Golf Club – the home club of B&B director Michael Buchan.


Cruden Bay is a traditional Scottish links golf course, originally designed by Tom Morris of St Andrews and Archie Simpson in 1899 and re-designed in the 1920’s by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler.


There is evidence, in the form of a ballot box inscribed Cruden Golf Club 1791 that 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.


Cruden Bay has become a ‘Bucket List’ course for many golfers. The natural layout is by no means easy due to the constant breeze blowing off the North Sea to test the golfers on every shot but it is great fun and pulls at the heart strings of first time visitors to get back out their again and have another go. 


As part of your Cruden Bay experience you will be met by Mike Buchan of Buchan & Byers Golf Tours and recieve the best advice possible on how to play this classic – not before you meet the Cruden Bay Head Teaching Pro Murray Patterson for a ‘Links Shot Masterclass’ before you head to the first tee.

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