Where is it?
Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Duff House Royal is located in the heart of Banff which sits alongside the Moray Firth in the North-east of Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
The town is less than an hour from Aberdeen International Airport and less than two hours from Inverness Airport, both of which operate multi-daily flights to London and other regional airports.
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Designer; Dr Alister Mackenzie (1923)
The course is a challenging par 68 for Gents or a par 72 for Ladies. It is bounded by the River Deveron, which proves to be a hazard at a number of holes. Duff House Royal has achieved an excellent reputation for providing an outstanding course with large MacKenzie two-tiered greens.
It was redesigned in 1923, by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie, who also designed the world famous 'Augusta National', Home of The Masters and 'The Old Course' at St Andrews. Duff House Royal still, till this day, retains the design set out by MacKenzie.
Although close to the sea, the course is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course with little rough, many well positioned bunkers and trees, which make the course a severe but fair challenge to golfers of all abilities.Dr. Alister MacKenzie first saw the original course from the Hill o' Doune he recognised the potential. He wrote to the Club in July 1923. His letter concluded: "I have rarely come across a piece of golfing ground which lends itself so well to the construction of an attractive course..."
The course record is currently held by David Morrison (DHR) who completed the course in an 8-Under Par 60, whilst competing in August 2006.
Panoramic windows capture an ever-changing vista...be it the Hill o' Doune, the Moray Firth, the seven span Smeaton bridge over the River Deveron...and, lest we forget, the MacKenzie course in all its glory.
The Clubhouse provides a place of anticipation of the game that lies ahead and time for reflection on what might have been!
The 2019 refurbishment brings a new refreshed, up-to date and modern design that's truly world class. To further aid such emotions we provide all the benefits of good food, pleasant company, a well-stocked bar and comfortable sofas in which to watch the outside world drift by.
But for those who cannot leave the daily challenge too far behind, free fibre optic Wi-Fi is available throughout the Clubhouse to ensure you never drop offline. All we ask is that the devices are switched to silent for the benefit of all members and guests.
We are a family friendly club and have a number of puzzles, games and for the younger members a bead maze table.
Showers and changing facilities are available in the visitors’ locker room along with individual secure lockers for the safe storage of your belongings.
Where to Stay...
In and around Banff
Banff is a Royal and Ancient Burgh. Its history stretches back to the tenth century. The former county town of Banffshire, it received its charter as a Royal Burgh from Robert II, King of Scots, in 1372.
Georgian architecture dominates the old town and even Victorian Banff was pleasantly behind the times and carried building in the Georgian style. As a consequence Banff has more listed buildings than any town in the North of Scotland.
There is plenty accommodation in the area and we have selected some of the locations for you. Just check out our Where to Stay page..
More than Golf...
Tours of Duff House...
Nestling within the borders of our 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.
Experience the live as the patroness of Duff House Royal Golf Club with a tour of Duff House, considered one of the grandest classical country houses built in the 18th century and designed by William Adam.
Duff House contains fine paintings and furniture on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.