This is a links in the old-fashioned sense, as greens lie atop plateaux, or else in hollows, and the turf is firm. Yet Cruden Bay is as quirky as they come, and is all the better for it.
Is Trump International already the greatest course in the world? Certainly not. Could it be one day? Possibly. Either way, this is a course worth playing.
As befits a club where heritage and tradition rank higher than at most others, Royal Aberdeen bears all the hallmarks of classic Scottish links golf.
Murcar offers realism and a sense of proportion. As is so often the case with true links courses, it improves with each round played.
Set in the idyllic surroundings of Craigewan Links, Peterhead is the 18th oldest golf club in the world. A classic example of links golf at its best, and toughest.
Tall dunes and sand hills feature heavily on this par-70 design, as do the undulating fairways that throw up different challenges on every hole.