Our Itinerary

Dates: Saturday April 29th to Saturday May 6th 2023.

We have 5 players committed at this time. Our base will be in the Aberdeen area. There are 55 golf courses in the Aberdeen area. It’s also home to more than 250 castles and has easy access to the Malt Whisky Trail.

Flights

My preferred route is Atlanta to Aberdeen via Amsterdam. Searching on Delta for ATL-ABZ there will various connections – avoid Paris where connections are a nightmare. In Amsterdam a 1-2 hour transfer time is enough.

There are 3 flights a day from Atlanta to Amsterdam – afternoon, early evening, late evening all with connections to Aberdeen. Depart Atlanta Saturday April 29th –> Arrive Aberdeen Sunday April 30th –> Depart Aberdeen Saturday May 6th.

British Airways via London Heathrow is also an option but from my recent trips to London there are baggage handling problems and extremely long delays at security and passport control.

Airfare $1300 – $5000 depending on class. I know some of you may have sky miles to use or can fly non-rev so best we book our own flights. That will give you flexibility to arrive early or stay longer.

Accommodation

I will explore Airbnb and hotel options. An Airbnb house should work out at around $100 each per night. I will check cost for hotels. Any preference on airbnb or hotel?

What about location? Close to golf, city centre, or countryside?

Car Rental

Most rental cars in UK are typically small and expensive. We will need 1 large SUV for each group of 4 players – to hold clubs, luggage and for a bit of comfort!

Aberdeen 4×4 Rentals provide suitable options. A Land Rover Discovery 4 (that’s LR4 model in US) for 7 days is $1321, so based on 4 players in a vehicle is $330 each.

Golf

Plan to play golf every day Monday-Friday on links and parkland courses north, south and west of Aberdeen. Outline plan below is set at a leisurely pace – (remember that we will be walking – no carts – and may encounter some bad weather) and allows time to enjoy the clubhouse facilities and for other activities in the area. But we can play more golf and any other specific courses you want to play – just let me know.

These courses listed below are where I play when I’m home. Rates listed are rack rate – most courses offer a good deal for a group of players which includes breakfast and/or lunch. I also have good friends who are members at Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen who will assist us with tee times.

Cruden Bay (links) $200 includes rounds on championship course and the great 9 hole St Olaf course. Currently number 51 in Golf Digest Magazine World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. You can read my course review here. Cruden Bay is 25 miles north of Aberdeen. Duff House Royal (designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie of Augusta fame) or Newmacher could be an option for an afternoon round after Cruden Bay.

Royal Aberdeen (links) $200 the 6th oldest golf club in the world. On the same coastline as Cruden Bay, Royal Aberdeen is on the north side of Aberdeen, about 3 miles from city centre. I was a junior member here.

Montrose (links) $130 the worlds 5th oldest golf course. A course regularly used for Open Championship qualifiers, Montrose is probably the best value links golf in Scotland. 40 miles south of Aberdeen.

Edzell (parkland) $100. A challenging course 40 miles south-west of Aberdeen and only 15 miles inland from Montrose. I often play Montrose in the morning and Edzell in the afternoon.

Aboyne (parkland) $70 – day ticket so will play 2 rounds. 30 miles west of Aberdeen on Royal Deeside. Balmoral Castle is another 30 miles west. Nearby Ballater could be another golf option. This is also a good access point for the Malt Whisky Trail.

Golf will be approx. $700 each based on the above.

If playing in St Andrews is must we can apply for the daily ballot while we are in Aberdeen. We can also play premium courses like Trump, Kingsbarns, Castle Stewart, or Gleneagles but keep in mind these are around $400 a round.

Budget should be approx. $3000 – $4000 per person, plus food, drink, fuel.