Golf Course at Hazlehead – why it’s Duncan Hendry’s Favourite View
This year, the ASPC calendar consists of a unique collection of photographs which represent personal significance for people in the North East. Every month, we’ll take a look at the reason why that month’s view is so special and highlight the beautiful image by photographer Ray Smith.
Our image for November was chosen by Duncan Hendry, the Chief Executive of Festival and King’s Theatres, Edinburgh and former Chief Executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, who has opted for a breathtaking image of the Golf Course at Hazlehead.
He says, “Hazlehead Golf Course (No.1) was designed by renowned architect Alister MacKenzie who also, and more famously, designed Augusta. There are some amazing views across the course to the City and sea beyond from the courses at Hazlehead. I learnt to play golf at Hazlehead with my father back in the 1960s and have enjoyed playing golf there ever since and more recently with my own son some forty odd years later. It’s a beautiful and relaxing place that is a joy, even when playing badly.”
The 18-holes have been praised as one of the best courses in the North East and provide a challenging game for any golfer, especially if a wayward shot makes its way into the surrounding gorse and woodlands!
The No.1 course, also known as the MacKenzie Championship course, forms part of Hazlehead Golf Club which includes another 18-hole course, and a 9-hole course.
The 45 holes surround Hazlehead Park – a large and beautiful space that is open to everyone from family picnickers to mountain bike enthusiasts. As well as sharing in some of the beautiful views provided by the golf courses, the park offers a giant maze, football pitches, children’s play areas and a café!
So even if golf isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this beautiful corner of the North East.