Portlethen Golf Club
Badentoy Road, Portlethen,
Aberdeen, Grampian AB12 4YA
Tel : +44 (0)1224 782 575 Fax : +44 (0)1224 781 090

Portlethen Golf Club was founded in 1981 initially as a Golf Society with the aim of adding to the social life of the golfing fraternity in the village of Portlethen. Shortly after the formation of the Club a local landowner gifted land to the local community on the understanding it would be used as a golf course. To ensure that the land would indeed be developed as a golf course and nothing else the title of the land was transferred to the Local District Council who made funds available for the construction of the course and clubhouse. The renowned Donald Steel designed the course and construction was commenced in 1987 under the expert eye of Brian Pierson who is known for his work at the St Andrews' courses. In June 1989 nine holes of the course were opened, the full eighteen holes being completed for start of the 1990 season.
The Clubhouse, designed by Robert Fitzgerald has an open plan style first floor providing a panoramic view from Boswell 's Monument in the West to the village of Findon on the coast, whilst overlooking the 6th, 9th and 18th greens. The Clubhouse offers the expected high standards of bar and catering and has the facilities to host seminars, conferences, and business meetings in congenial surroundings. Plans are now in an advanced stage to develop and improve the ground floor changing and locker rooms in order to meet the future needs of the membership and visitors.
Portlethen Golf Club is a Private Members Club welcoming all golfing visitors whether they are individuals, groups or societies. The membership comprises around 1,000 playing members with equal rights for both sexes. There is a lively Ladies Section, a healthy Junior Section and a very active Senior Sections. Muriel Thomson. the professional, was the first woman to be appointed as a Club Professional in Scotland, bringing with her a wealth of experience having spent 11 years on the Ladies European Tour.

Situated 6 miles (9 kilometres) south of the city of Aberdeen located adjacent to the west of the A 90 dual carriageway at the flyover to Portlethen.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 23 Oct 1998.
Club Captain - RA Yuill.
Secretary - TBA Tel +44(0)1224 781 090 Aberdeen courses

Course Details

Course Name: Portlethen Holes: 18 Yardage: 6707 SSS: 72
The course is maturing into one of the more popular parkland courses in the North East of Scotland having been blessed with natural features the principal one being the Findon burn which, lined with mature broadleaf trees, crosses 5 of the holes on the first nine influencing either tee or approach shots.

The par 5 485 yard fourth hole poses a problem of choice of second shots as the burn crosses 90 yards short of the green, the wayward shot punished by ending up in the burn or in the trees. The inward 9 holes carry fewer hazards but the Findon burn continues to create problems at the fifteenth and eighteenth.

Arguably the fifteenth is the 'signature hole' of the course. First, the tee shot has to be accurate to cope with the right to left dog leg and then the approach shot, from a down hill lie, has to carry the Findon burn which, moat like, guards the entrance to the green. The par 507 yd par 5 eighteenth is a challenging closing hole featuring a drystone dyke on the left running all the way from tee to green with the risk of out of bounds with even' shot. The Findon burn. 1(K) yards short of the green creates a further dilemma of second shot selection; to carry or not to carry.

Senior golfers and visitors normally play the shorter par 70 'Blue Tee' course.

Course development has seen the planting of around 21.000 carefully selected trees, restoration of drystone dykes. construction of stone bridges, new tees at several holes and a pond at the short fifth. There is an extensive practice area, part of which is the site of approved plans to build a 15 bay driving range. The substantial putting green is conveniently sited near the first tee. Both golf trolleys and buggies are available for hire.

For an appreciation and independent view of this course please see golfer reviews.

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Reader Comments / Reviews Leave a comment
  • Portlethen golf Club

    Robbie Mann wrote on: Jul 25, 2009

    I thought the course was excellent, as a first time visitor I was made very welcome. I find the comment by Alan Bryce re adjacent industrial estate puzzling, the welcome in the clubhouse was matched by a very nice meal.I look forward to my next Monday visit, being a bit of a cheapskate I like a bargain.


  • Portlethen Golf Club

    Alan Bryce wrote on: Apr 29, 2009

    I found this course very disappointing. It lacks any distinct character and the only views beyond the fairways are of the adjacent industrial estate. My round was ruined by a group of four-ball who refused to let me, a single-ball, play through from the 12th onwards, meaning i finished in darkness. One individual, claiming to be a "past-captain", aggressively accused me, falsely, of jumping in at the 10th hole. Not recommended, near-by Stonehaven is a far superior course in everyway.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Alan Wells 10/00

    Alan Wells wrote on: Sep 30, 2000

    Definitely worth a visit. Probably one of the best 'Value for money' golf courses in the Aberdeen area. Special rates to visitors on Mondays,


  • Europe Golf courses reviews DH Mckechnie 08/99

    DH Mckechnie wrote on: Jul 31, 1999

    It's good to see that good, solid par 72 courses still exist. The 17th and 18th keep the challenge alive right to the end and must prove interesting in closely fought match-play battles.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Ian Adams 10/98

    Ian Adams wrote on: Sep 30, 1998

    The course is very good for only a junior but they should maybe think about making it a little shorter for the 12 handicapper +.