Cruden Bay and Murcar Links contrast each other with thrilling views, blind drives and idiosyncrasies. As is so often found with true links courses, it improves with each round played. Murcar was originally designed by Archie Simpson, when he was the professional at Royal Aberdeen in 1909, with later refinements made in 1930’s by the celebrated golf course designer James Braid. Murcar Links and Royal Aberdeen retain close links to this day with Murcar’s 4th tee situated on land belonging to their neighbour on a long-term loan agreement.
Murcar is by no means a long course at a shade over 6,500 yards but a look down the scorecard will confirm that its par is far from generous. There are only three short holes and two par fives, neither of which stretch to 490, let alone 500, yards. A standard scratch of 72, one over par, tells its own story.
Murcar provides a great overall experience of a links that has changed little since James Braid and George Smith advised on some modifications to the original design in the 1930s.