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Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, Balmedie
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We stayed at Trump last weekend on the off peak break. Everyone in club house very friendly, club house is small but has all amenities. Practice facilities are imculate, the course starters are very h... read more »
This course is nothing short of fantastic, the practise facilities are brilliant and it must be on every serious golfers list of "Must play" The guys in the golf reception and those in the caddy maste... read more »
A friend and I had an opportunity to fit this into a trip and we debated the value of the experience versus other courses. We had both played the Trump course in Ireland before so wanted to play Scotl... read more »
Let me tell you, this is a great golf course, one of the best in the world. A very. very, very great golf course. Dozens of people have told me how great this course is. Amazing, just amazing, believe me! And the people who say this golf course is not great, are really not smart people. This golf course is really great ... it's huge. It's amazing, believe me. (Sadly, for those who have no sense of satire or irony, this review will be interpreted differently.)
Amazing workers. The first time ever played the bagpipes anywhere. I was wondering if I could wear a kilt and just randomly poo. However a nice foreign worker said no and I should go back to NYC. I said my shoes were hurting me. He suggested they might be inside out. I said"oh" thanked him. The knowledge and expertise of this person was a reflection of the quality Trump must instill in every aspect of his life I thought. 3 days later I was eating pancakes with oleo and imitation maple syrup at a greasy spoon diner. The random thoughts of Internet reviews aboundanding , what was I going to have to say about this food... perhaps I should post to Twitter nobody trusts me anyway.., do you?
The one star reviews are laughable spam from those who have never been to this course and don't know how to disagree with someone politically without acting like a child. As a recent player of this course who has no opinion what so ever of the Donald's politics at all I'll keep my review to golf and services. The course is absolutely breathtaking. That's probably a given as I'm sure you've seen pictures. But knowing there's lots of spectacular views in golf in Aberdeenshire we have to ask is the play at TIGL better than elsewhere? Probably. Though Cruden Bay would be my top choice for the area a lot of that might be because it is relatively more affordable (still expensive) and has a good well worn old world feel that one would expect from courses when on tour in Scotland. By comparison TIGL is greener, newer...different than most of the courses you come to play in Scotland. But in terms of hole design and incorporation of the topography TIGL is probably the best in the area. In terms of difficulty I've heard some say it is too difficult in wind for most friendly level players. That probably depends on your luck. The day we played we had a solid but manageable wind for the front nine and the challenge was there but fair and I shot about what I would expect to in terms of par to my usual. The wind was ever increasing on the back nine though and the last few holes were a real challenge. I suppose you could get unlucky and have a whole round in brutal wind, but if you don't enjoy playing in challenging windy conditions there aren't a lot of Scottish coastal links courses you're going to enjoy at all. Don't miss the views from the tips. The championship tees are often elevated in the dunes and if there's room behind you to stop for a minute it's usually the best view of the hole in terms of both scenic enjoyment and strategy planning. As advertised everything is top rate, from the quality of the grass used on the course to the service you receive throughout. The only real "criticism" there is to offer is that at over 200 GBP for visitors not staying at the hotel it sure is an expensive greens fee. Given the amount of high quality golf in the area that is much more affordable (the aforementioned Cruden Bay is about half that, and gems such as the Newburgh or Fraserburgh clubs can be played for about quarter) it ranks no where near the best pound-for-pound value experience you can find nearby. But then no one ever went to a Trump property because it was the fiscally responsible thing to do. If you can afford it you'll enjoy the heck out of it.
Mr. Trump has put together a great links course here together with the overwhelming support of the local population. They LOVE him tremendously in Scotland and he is tremendously happy that they have decided to Leave the EU. The wind is blowy here, making for a true test of coastal golf, even though the scientifically significant dunes had to be forever changed to make this possible for the loving people of the area. I did not play well when I was here, but I cheated a little to break 100 - I didn't think Mr. Trump would mind a little fib. lol. I can certainly see why Mr. Trump gave himself the BEST GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD award because it truly is tremendous.
Not even a good course for the money he put into. I've seen better links in Los Angeles that were public courses. Wish someone told Trump "no" just once as a kid, he would have turned a lot different. Maybe he wouldn't be so overly concerned with the size of his hands
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