Scottish golf is renowned for its famous links courses, but The Home of Golf boasts great parkland courses as well.
Some, like Gleneagles, are famous all over the world. Others, like Meldrum House (pictured above) are hidden gems.
The latter is considered one of the best, and is located just 30 kilometers outside of downtown Aberdeen. Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course was up to the the mid 1990s an old baronial manor house.
Then transformed into a lovely golf resort and a hideaway for nature lovers and gourmets. Complete with highland cattle and swans, and far away from big city hustle and bustle.
The focal point of the 97 hectare resort is still the manor house. It was built in 1236, set on the outskirts of the village of Oldmeldrum.
Today the Manor House, a solid granite property, complete with spires, turrets and grand external staircase, hosts a lounge, a restaurant and Cave Bar. And also ten individually designed rooms, each with the baronial character of the hotel’s history.
Private members’ golf course open to the hotel guests
The private members’ 18 hole golf course was designed by Scottish architect Graeme Webster in 1996. The beautiful parkland layout measures a tad more than 7000 yards (approximately 6400 meters) from the tips.
With ponds on ten of the holes, intelligently placed bunkers cunningly positioned mature trees and undulating USGA-standard greens it is a stern test even for bombers and accomplished players.
A choice of forward tees are available for golfers who want to take it leisurely. The practice facility extends to 10 hektars with target greens, a short game area and a golf academy led by head professional Neil Marr.
Due to its location in the tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside, Meldrum House is a perfect base to play some great links courses of Scotland’s north east coastline.
The hotel can help the guests in arranging tee times at Trump International (25 kilometers), Royal Aberdeen (27 kilometers), Cruden Bay (37 kilometers), Murcar Links (24 kilometers) or Fraserburgh (47kilometers).
Meldrum House also offers stay-and-play packages with some of the famous links courses.