There may be other courses that are ranked higher in the world but for MulliganPlus this is, quite simply, the most enjoyable links we have ever played.
It is idiosyncratic – it has a blind par three for heaven’s sake – and too short to be truly great but if we could only play one layout for the rest of our lives, this would be it.
Cruden Bay also features our favourite single spot in the world of golf, the 10th tee (which is just as well because the 9th hole is simply a means of getting there).
You stand on the most magnificently elevated tee that offers a stunning view across the bay and several of the holes you are yet to play, looking down on the widest fairway in the world, and a burn snaking across the front of the green of this par four.
It is immediately followed by a delightful par three of 150 yards, back across the burn to a well-bunkered green. And the delights just keep coming.
Cruden Bay is also, in our experience, one of the friendliest, most welcoming venues in Scotland and visitors are truly made to feel like members for a day.
Don’t miss it.
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