Today I’m going to feature the 8th hole at Cruden Bay, one of my favorite par 4’s in the world.
This hole is a great birdie opportunity, a short uphill Par 4 at just 257 yards. But make no mistake, birdie is not a given here. Massive dunes with long tall grass frame the green and steep undulations surround the green making certain pins inaccessible from poor angles. It’s an incredibly fun hole.
This hole is why Scottish golf is so great, Old Tom Morris built this course in 1899 and it’s a natural masterpiece. If it was built in the 1990s would they have built a 257 yard hole perfectly framed within the natural Sand Dunes? No way, They would have bulldozed a 400 yard hole that lacked the quality, quick and charm that Cruden is so famous for.
If you’re ever plan a golf trip to Scotland, Cruden Bay is a must. As stated by famous golf writer Tom Coyne…
“Cruden Bay is total golf joy to me. Maybe the biggest dunes in Scotland, quirky routing, great people. If you don't care for blind shots, it's probably not the course for you. But I've played a lot of links golf, and the courses can tend to look the same. Not Cruden Bay. It's wild, weird, and gorgeous.”