Trump International Golf Links Review

18 holes, par 72, 6,774 yards. Links.

When Donald Trump does something, he does it properly. Not everybody in the area was universally delighted when it was announced that he was to construct Trump International Golf Links, near Aberdeen. There were many concerns, such as the fate of the wildlife and the effect on the ecosystem, but Trump soon assuaged those concerns.

He has built a golf course that already looks like it has been part of the natural environment for more than 100 years. It looks beautiful, it boasts first-class facilities and it is a world-class layout. From the back tees it measures 7,400 yards and is a par 72.  There are dunes everywhere, with the North Sea close by.

The opening hole is 541 yards and hosts a fairway that lies in a valley created by the dunes on either side. Cross bunkers await your approach shot, before you play to a green that sits on a ledge.

The eighth is the longest par four on the course at 500 yards from the championship tees. There are dunes, humps and hollows everywhere and a green that features no bunkers; but miss it… and on it goes.

The 15th is just 398 yards but it presents plenty of challenges and you must find the fairway. A series of traps lie in wait on both sides of the fairway, so it’s best to take a club that you know you can find the short stuff with. Too far left or right and you will get tangled up with yet more dunes. Furthermore, the green, which is narrow, lies at an angle, and has a bunker in front of it.

And then there is the 18th, a 651-yard monster. Yes, you read it correctly. More dunes guard the left side of the fairway, along with two large lakes and the beach and North Sea beyond. Oh yes, and there are a series of bunkers to the right side of the fairway, followed by more sand waiting to swallow your second shot. A long, undulating green is guarded by yet more bunkers, as well as the dunes and some thick rough lying in wait for wayward shots. In total, there are 18 bunkers on this hole. Take a bucket and spade with you!

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.