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Welcome to Duff House Royal Golf Club, one of the outstanding courses in the North of Scotland. Proud hosts of the 2021 Scottish Senior Men’s Open Championship.

Our course enjoys the distinction of being ranked just outside the Top 50 courses in the Scotland by the National Club Golfer magazine, an accolade richly deserved.

And no wonder...the design skills of the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie are self-evident in the challenging two-tier greens which were the forerunner of none other than Augusta National, the home of The Masters.  Enjoy the originals here in Banff!


The course, which sets a demanding scratch of 68, is set in a beautiful, manicured parkland setting which surprises with glimpses of the Moray Firth.

For many decades the Club has hosted two major open amateur tournament weeks in the summer which attract men and women golfers of all skills from across the UK and beyond.  In September 2016 a third open tournament week was added which is devoted to golfers, men and women, aged 50 and over.

The famous River Deveron, the challenge to many an angler, borders five holes and flows into the sea through the seven-span Banff Bridge, which was completed in 1779 by John Smeaton, and forms the backdrop to the closing holes. Honorary member Ewen Murray of Sky Sports can often be found on the banks if not on the course.

Nestling within the borders of the tree-lined course is Duff House, considered one of the grandest classical country houses built in the 18th century and designed by William Adam.  It is managed by Historic Scotland and contains fine paintings and furniture on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Duff House Royal Golf Club – the only royal golf club where the royal title is used as a suffix and not a prefix. It is believed the reason for the royal title being a suffix to Duff House was a tribute to Louise, who was known as the Princess Royal, not the Royal Princess

Opened in 1910, the original course was designed by Archie Simpson but was later redesigned by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1923. It was formally opened when a match was played between two of the great golfing "triumvirate" – J.H. Taylor (the then Open Champion) and James Braid – with Taylor’s score of 75 beating his opponent by three strokes. Both men winning The Open no less than 5 times a piece.

But golf is not all at Duff House Royal; we pride ourselves on our hospitality, our dining experience, our resident ex-tour professional and all the things you would hope for to make your day complete - easy parking, buggy hire, visitors' locker rooms and the chance to relax in our clubhouse and reflect on a day well spent.

We look forward to welcoming you to Duff House Royal Golf Club.

Gary Mutch


Gary Mutch

The Captain