The Best Golf Courses in Aberdeen and Deeside with Inchmarlo Retirement Village – Many people who come to live in Scotland, or visit on holiday, wish to spend quality time on the golf course – and why not?

At Inchmarlo Retirement Village we’re surrounded by some of the finest greens in Scotland. So whether you’re a local, tourist, or a prospective home owner/resident at Inchmarlo, here’s our guide to the the region’s Championship, Links, Parkland and Heathland courses. It’s time to get out there!

The Best Golf Courses in Aberdeen and Deeside with Inchmarlo Retirement Village

Royal Aberdeen courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire



Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Starting with gloriously historic and regal Royal Aberdeen. It dates back to 1780, received the ‘Royal’ title from Edward VII, and has hosted the Scottish Open. The Balgownie Course is a classic links layout: start near the Clubhouse for the first tee, before taking in the sea views as the next eight holes run parallel to the coast, before heading inland and up hill for the remaining nine holes. Alternatively, consider the Silverburn Course: a short 18 hole course with nine par 3’s.
-45 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

The Best Golf Courses in Aberdeen and Deeside with Inchmarlo Retirement Village

Murcar Golf Club courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

Murcar Golf Club – Ten minutes from Aberdeen city centre are the Murcar 18 Hole Golf Links, with a par of 71. The seventh hole, the Serpentine, is said to be the club’s signature hole – a 423 yard par 4. The refurbished Clubhouse and practice area was opened in 2006 by Paul Lawrie, and with new caterers and menu for 2020 it offers a quality mix of golf, socialising and dining.
-40 minute drive from Inchmarlo.



The Best Golf Courses in Aberdeen and Deeside with Inchmarlo Retirement Village

Trump International courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

Trump International Golf Links – Trump’s course is set in the dune landscape of Balmedie. Opened in 2012, it’s the new face on the Aberdeen golf scene. We’re talking par 72, 18-hole links-style golf course, with a 22-acre driving range and short game area, on an award-winning five-star resort.
-45 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club – Equally beautiful is the Forvie Sands backdrop boasted by Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club. This historic course opened in 1888 offering nine holes, until the new course, with 18 holes, opened in 1996. Challenge yourself on this par 72, 6423 yard championship links.
-45 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

The Best Golf Courses in Aberdeen and Deeside with Inchmarlo Retirement Village

Cruden Bay Golf Course courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

Cruden Bay Golf Club – Cruden Bay was originally designed by golfing legend Old Tom Morris of St Andrews. Its modern length now stands at 6263 yards – twenty-seven holes offer old fashioned links golf at its best. After a round of golf, perhaps drop by the atmospheric ruins of Slains Castle, said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
-1 hour drive from Inchmarlo.



Inchmarlo Golf CentreInchmarlo Retirement Village is situated in the heart of Royal Deeside, which is home to an array of golf courses. The closest, only a mere four minute’s drive, is Inchmarlo Golf Centre. Opened in 1997, it offers a charming 9-hole Queen’s course, with a mix of par 3s and 4s. Hone your technique by dropping by the 20 bay driving range and short game area, or seek instruction from the centre’s PGA Teaching Professional.
-4 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

Banchory Golf Course, courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

Banchory Golf Club – Another Deeside gem, is Banchory’s course. Situated on the banks of the River Dee, this par 69 18-hole course is only five minute’s drive from Inchmarlo. As well as a relaxed club house, its Indoor Studio, new for 2020, has The Old Course, St Andrews, Pebble Beach & Kingsbarns available for virtual play. Plus, a new indoor swing studio is also open. Practise makes perfect!
-5 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

Ballater Golf Club – This 18-hole course is a mix of par 3s to par 5s, on a variety of heathland and parkland. But beware, thanks to its picturesque setting by the river, several holes lie close to the Dee and many a ball has faced a watery grave. Share tales of holes in one (or watery graves) at the clubhouse, where diners enjoy fare by the aptly named Rusty Putter Catering.
-35 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

Braemar Golf Club – This club has an unusual claim to fame, as it’s Scotland’s highest golf course. At around 1,205 feet above sea level, expect sweeping views over Royal Deeside. The course is short but testing – 4,935 yards off the medal tees. It offers a range of packages for visitors, such as the 18 Holes with Bacon Roll & Coffee / 2 Course Meal for £46, so guests can make a day of it.
-55 minute drive from Inchmarlo.

Other parkland courses to consider are Hazlehead Golf Course in Aberdeen, Peterculter Golf Club, and local golfer Paul Lawrie’s own Golf Centre with its nine-hole championship golf course and driving range.

Golf is a way of life for many people in Scotland. Socialising, getting outdoors into the beautiful Scottish scenery, and enjoying gentle exercise make golf an ideal past-time, especially at Inchmarlo Retirement Village. (Our motto is ‘Where gracious living comes naturally’, after all.) After a day on the greens our homeowners return to independent living, with the assurance that healthcare and security are just a call away.

Today Inchmarlo consists of over 190 houses and apartments and a 52 bed care home designated by the Care Inspectorate as Grade 4 for Care Home Service, Grade 5 for Nurse Agency and Grade 5 for Housing Support and Care at Home Service. If you or your relatives have any questions about Inchmarlo please contact Dawn Ronaldson on 01330 824981. We’ll happily give you a guided tour, send a brochure or answer any queries. – Where gracious living comes naturally…

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