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Arbroath Golf Club

Tom Morris designed the golf links at Elliot, Arbroath in 1877 and it opened on March 9th 1878 with a Challenge between Tom Morris and another professional of the day, Rob Dow.

More land was purchased in 1907 and Willie Fernie of Troon re-designed the layout, then in 1931 the great James Braid re-designed the bunkering and his layout has not altered a great deal since.

Arbroath Golf Links is deceiving at first sight, it appears to offer flat open fairways, however in true links style the undulating greens are well protected by testing bunkers.

The first seven holes have out of bounds fields on the right and several of the inward bound holes are bordered by the London to Aberdeen railway also to the right.

The Fourth hole is a short hole of 166 yards but it is protected by a burn on two sides and by two bunkers on the other side, it looks simple but many a golfer has come to grief on this easy hole!! Then the seventh is the next short hole of 165yards and golfers often find themselves with a long chip or bunker shot to find a par. But get it right and find the green and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about.

The “Dowrie” is the 13th hole it is a 412yard par 4 hole with the railway line out of bounds down the right . A burn crosses the fairway 120 yards from the green leaving a tricky shot to the smallest and only elevated green on the course and a great par four at Arbroath’s signature hole.

The 14th Hole “ The Secretary” 239 yards par 3 and one of the most difficult holes in the whole of Angus County the entrance is narrow only 15 yards wide and protected by 3 bunkers, any player with his/her’s score still intact after finishing these last 2 holes has a great chance of finishing with a good score on the day, not that the last 4 holes are easy, but with a little care and attention you can finish well.

Arbroath Links is open to the public as well as members all the year round it has the great advantage of being on the coast and is usually playable 52 weeks of the year.

Our PGA qualified professional has been with us for 34years and has a very good stocked shop for all your golfing requirements, hired clubs mostly Taylor Made models , trolleys or buggies for hire, also a Practice Range at £3 for 50 balls and includes a large putting green.

Parking is no problems for visitors or members, with car and bus fully laid out tarmacked parking areas and the professional’s shop parking area, right on his doorstep.

Visitors are made most welcome at Arbroath with parties coming from Glasgow for a daytrip. A group of golfers from Ireland included Arbroath on their itinerary as they had heard so much about it, now the same party comes every year, that’s over 25 years and they still enjoy the same warm welcome they originally receive from the members.

Arbroath Golf Links has easy access with the A92 dual carriageway stopping on the circle at the end of the golf course road. The Clubhouse has modern facilities with a spacious lounge area, golfers bar, changing and shower facilities also a dining area with tasty filing food.