McDonald Golf Course

McDonald Golf Club

Aberdeenshire

18 holes | par 70 | 5942 yards | Parkland

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Course Information

At almost 6,000 yards the 18 holes at McDonald Golf Club is a testing golf course laid out to be enjoyed by all. It provides a real challenge for the Tartan Tour Professionals who play annually in the clubs Pro-Am and yet is a firm favourite with the occasional golfer who enjoys a weekend walk in pleasant surroundings. The well-established first nine has a natural stream that twists and turns across the course and features on almost every hole. Where the final two holes both dogleg with narrow gaps that put a high premium on accuracy.

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Just outside Ellon off the A90.

McDonald Golf Club, Hospital Road, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, UNITED KINGDOM, AB419AW
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    Freat day!

    Had an excellent round of golf, apart from the parties that were infront holdigng up play due to the speed that we play but apart from that no issues. The back is absolutely stunning well worth a round, will most certainly be back

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    McDonald

    McDonald is a decent track overall, however the front 9 are far superior to the weak back 9. The front 9 is well mapped with testing doglegs and long in yardage, it suffers slightly from poor drainage in parts, but this is forgiven due to the overall condition being very good. Holes 4,5 & 6 are good tests and require smart club selection and the 9th is a long and good test for a par 5. The back 9 is much shorter and feels squeezed in, although in very good condition. It finishes with two cracking holes which require again intelligent club selection and I wouldn't be counting my score until the 18th green ! Staff were very friendly and the barman chatty which is always nice after a good round. Well worth a round if you can pick up a good offer on GolfNow etc

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    A tale of two halves

    Two very different nines at the MacDonald course in Ellon. The first nine is over the road and newer, I suspect. Not as interesting as the back nine but longer. The only hazards on the front were the occasional strategically placed bunker and the brook running through some of the holes. The back nine had lots of slopes and trees and an awesome finish. Be careful what you hit from the tee on the 18th ! Very friendly staff.

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    Impressed

    This is the first private course I have played since getting back into the game this summer. An easy 25 minute drive from aberdeen city centre, this course has to offer a lot to the improving golfer and expert alike. The grounds were immaculate with only a leftover dampness from rainfall the day before. Greens played very smoothly and I only spotted one fairway weed the whole way round. The course has a nice mixture of open fairways and more challenging tree bound bottle necks and dog legs. Set discreetly in Ellon town, the scale of the grounds cannot be appreciated until you play first hand. My only caveat would be to be mindful of the volume of golfers at weekends in the peak summer season. On the flip side, this is also the sign of a great course owing to its popularity. Would definitely play again. A course well worth the round fee in my opinion.

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