Crags and Flags – Cullen Golf Club

Amongst sleepy fishing villages in the far north eastern tip of Scotland is a course like no other…

Cullen in Banffshire- at just 4597-yards and par 63 – is the epitome of quirkiness.

Only an hour’s drive from famed championship links like Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen, you may laugh at the prospect of playing a course with ten par three’s and only one par-five.

The laugh will soon turn to a smile when you have more fun than you thought possible for £15.

Cullen is holiday golf in a holiday setting. The idyllic bay and white sprawling beach forms a majestic panorama for a tiny links founded as long ago as 1870 and designed by none other than Old Tom Morris.

The unbridled thrill of the course lies in its par three holes, none of which is bland.

A successive quartet of short-holes from the 11th to the 14th distinguishes the back nine and all feature Cullen’s signature landmark, the enormous 80-foot Boar Crag.

The Boar Crag at delightful Cullen

The 12th and 13th   are most exciting, playing directly over this rusty red colossus, which completely blocks the green from view.

Half the thrill of playing is placing your score in the hands of lady luck.

It’s difficult to lose a ball on this immaculately kept course, and with such short holes you could easily play twice without entertaining thoughts of the 19th hole.

When you do tire of this uncomplicated and refreshing course, head into the nearby town centre for a bowl of “Cullen Skink”, the creamy white chowder for which the region is famed – the ultimate surprise package.


Founded: 1870

Designer: Old Tom Morris

Par and Yardage: 4597-yards, par 63

Location: From the A947 fromAberdeentake the B9139 from Buckie.

Address: The Links, Cullen, Buckie, Banffshire. AB56 4WB

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