Stonehaven Golf Club ©
Some golf courses have layouts whose subtleties are so hidden they need many words to explain why they are interesting plays. No such need for Stonehaven Golf Club. If one picture is worth a thousand words, then the photos below can save me a dictionary's worth. Rather than explain the layout and the holes with mere words, I've decided to let you see for yourself.
Stonehaven Golf Club lies on the Braes of Cowne overlooking the North Sea and is located about an easy 15 mile drive south from Aberdeen. As you will see, it is played along the edge of cliffs that fall dramatically into the sea. You'll be playing over deep gorges, onto tilted fairways, up and down steep hills and even over a bomb crater! (It seems that during the Second World War a German pilot on his way home wanted to rid his aircraft of some weight, so he dropped a bomb on the golf course. The crater, called "Hitler's bunker," comes into play between the first and second fairways.)
The golf course is on the shortish side at only 5,103 yards, but it contains 7 par 3s, some of which are on the longish side. At 190, 203 and 211 yards they are not exactly shrinking violets--especially when the wind comes howling off the North Sea. Plus, with uphill and downhill shots and some long carries, judging a golf course merely on raw distance can be deceptive.
So what do you think? Of course the photos can't begin to show the dramatic layout as it really is when you're actually there, but I feel they do give some indication of just how unusual this golf course is. Located 1 mile north of the town of Stonehaven on the A92.
Golf Nook Scotland rating - Birdie*
* This rating is not based on difficulty of play. Rather, I rated it so highly because this Stonehaven golf course is so unique and dramatic and fun to play. I don't know of any other layout like it, so I feel it's definitely worth a play if you're in the area.
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