Course history

Kintore Golf Club lies to the North East of the Ancient Burgh of Kintore in a picturesque setting overlooking the River Don and providing spectacular views over the Don Valley to Bennachie and the distant Grampian Mountains.

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The Club was founded in 1911 playing over a 9 hole layout to the north of the River Don owned by a local landowner and leased through the then Burgh Council. This arrangement continued until 1975 when the Club purchased the course and began a programme of improvement and development that still continues today.

The opening, on 10th September 1911, was performed by J E Sutherland MP and the driver used on that occasion was later presented to the club where it is still displayed.

In 1981 the original corrugated iron clubhouse was replaced by a modern Clubhouse which was further extended in 1995 to its present form providing a pleasant lounge and dining room and extensive changing facilities. The lounge alternatively provides views over the Don Valley to Kintore or over the whole of the challenging 1st hole.

The original 9 hole course remained largely unchanged other than minor alterations to tees and greens until 1991. In 1988 the Club purchased additional land at Balbithan, to the North of the existing course, and began the construction of an additional 9 holes. The new 18 hole layout opened for play in 1991.

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The new holes contrast with, and complement, the original layout, being constructed on the northern side of the hill, on the site of a former croft. The landform led naturally to the construction of the new holes which made good use of existing mature trees and ditches to form some excellent new holes. The area is surrounded by Forestry plantations which provide a superb backdrop to the holes and shelter them from wind. Several thousand new trees were also planted which are now maturing and further enhancing the layout. A similar programme of tree-planting has also been extended to the original nine holes and is now beginning to bear fruit in improved definition to holes.

Since the opening of the 18 holes there has been a continuous programme of improvement with new greens, tees and bunkers being constructed. Continuing investment in improved maintenance equipment has also seen significant improvement in the condition of the course over the years. The course also benefits from excellent natural drainage which, aided by on-going drainage improvements, leads to very few days of lost play due to weather throughout the year.

Having recently celebrated its Centenary Kintore Golf Club remains committed to maintaining, and improving, both the high standard of the course and the quality of golfing experience for members and visitors into its next century.