Established in 1777, Fraserburgh is an historic club on Scotland’s east coast to the north of Aberdeen. The club is the fifth oldest in Scotland and the oldest in the world still operating under its original name. Parish records indicate that golf has had a home in Fraserburgh for far longer than this, however. The game can be traced back as early as 1613, when a young man named John Burnett was criticised for “playing at the gouff” instead of attending the Sunday church service.
Originally a nine-hole layout, the course was then redesigned and extended in 1922 by legendary course architect James Braid. The Corbie Hill Course has remained mostly untouched since then and is renowned as one of the most natural links layouts in Scotland.
Tall dunes and sand hills feature heavily on the par-70 design, as do the undulating fairways that throw up different challenges on every hole. The 6,308-yard course starts with four testing par-fours that, while not intimidating in length, are described by the locals as “short but subtle”.
Tall dunes and sand hills feature heavily on the par-70 design, as do the undulating fairways that throw up different challenges on every hole.
The most noteworthy test on the main design is without doubt the par-four ninth. Measuring close to 460 yards, the hole known as “Lang Whang” has a stroke index of one and boasts more than enough to wreck your card.
A nine-hole course lies close by, offering more of a parkland flavour that is perfect for beginners or those who merely wish to step away from the coastline. The club also sits conveniently close to the likes of Moray Old, Nairn Dunbar and Elgin, giving you the perfect chance to sample more of the region’s many golfing treats.