There does not seem to be a separate listing for the King's Links Golf Course, which is in fact separate and run by Sport Aberdeen. This review covers both the Centre and the Course
Aberdeen is very old golfing centre. The first mention of a golf hole anywhere in the world is on the Queens Links to the south in1625, when golf was played on it and Broad Hill, which is right beside the Golf Centre. The Golf Centre is built over the old rifle range. As play on Kings Links began in 1872, it is the oldest golf centre in the world - not the centre building but the area that it plays over. The course next door is also very old. The river used to cover half the course so it was not until the end of the 19th century that they could extend the course to the north.
The course is 18 holes and is in fact a links course and fairly flat. The bunkers contain sand from the beach, not the fancy sand they bring in on other courses. So you find pebbles and bits and pieces. There are no trees and few bunkers, but there is plenty of rough and with the wind it is not as easy as it looks.
There are other golf courses in Aberdeen at Royal Aberdeen or Hazelhead which are more highly rated, but this is a unique piece of golf history. It is public and only costs £15 to play. You can only book up to three days in advance. If you do play there, take a walk afterwards up Broad Hill next door and look at the old Queens Links, where the first golf hole is recorded. The old clubhouse is Victoria House half way up Broad Hill at the traffic lights.
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