Walker Cup 2011 - Royal Aberdeen, 10-11 September

The Venue:

Royal Aberdeen has been acknowledged as one of the finest links courses anywhere in the world. The course, otherwise known as the Balgownie Links, runs along the North Sea shoreline, playing out through the dunes and back along a plateau. Totalling 6900 yards and playing to a par 71, the course, combined with the ever-changing wind, provides a tough test of true links golf. The tricky par-3 8th, the signature hole, is surrounded by no less than nine daunting bunkers, requiring an accurate well-struck tee shot.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is the sixth oldest club in the world, founded in 1780. The club’s “Royal” designation was awarded by Edward VII in 1903. The course was originally designed by the Simpson Brothers, Archie and Robert of Carnoustie and later re-bunkered and lengthened by James Braid. In 2005, the course played host to The Senior Open, and was highly praised by the participants.

Spectator Information:

i) Travel

Public parking will be available free of charge close to the venue. Spectators may choose to walk to the course or use the complimentary shuttle bus services. Please follow AA signs to the car parks. For further information on car parking for spectators with disabilities, please contact The R&A’s Ticket Office in advance (telephone 01334 460010).

Aberdeen Railway Station is approximately 3 miles from the course and Aberdeen Airport is approximately 9 miles from the course.

ii) Gate Opening Times

Gates will open at 7.30am on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance.

iii) Practice Tee Times 

 Monday 5 September  USA 9am and 1:30pm
 Tuesday 6   GB&I 8am and 1:30pm
 USA  9am and 2:30pm
 Wednesday 7  USA 9am and 2:30pm
 Thursday 8    USA 7:30am and 1:00pm 
 GB&I 8:30am and 2:00pm
 Friday 9    GB&I 7:30am and 1:00pm
 USA 8:30am and 2:00pm

Practice tee times subject to change

iv) Tee times

Saturday 10 September*

Sunday 11 September

4 Foursomes

8 Singles

4 Foursomes

10 Singles





*Saturday Tee Times subject to confirmation

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can distract players and will not be permitted within the venue. Please do not bring your phone to the course.

vi) Cameras

Cameras are not permitted on Match days.

vii) Scoreboards

A comprehensive service throughout the course and Tented Village will keep spectators fully informed.

viii) Grandstands

Two grandstands will be erected, one at the 1st tee and one at the 7th green. Please note that smoking and alcohol are not permitted on grandstands.

ix) Access to the Course

Spectators can move freely around the golf course outside the ropes. In addition, when following a Match, under the instruction of marshals, spectators will be permitted access to the fairways. Controlled crossing points, which are clearly marked by yellow signposts, should be used when crossing fairways.

x) Step Ladders

Step ladders or similar are not permitted within the venue and should not be brought to the course.

xi) Pets

No pets are allowed at the course and we respectfully suggest that you do not leave your pet in the car

xii) Programmes

Programmes and drawsheets may be purchased from kiosks in the Tented Village.

xiii) Left Luggage

There will be several complimentary left luggage facilities located in the Tented Village, operated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that security bag searches may be in operation.

xiv) Catering

There are licensed catering points both on course and within the Tented Village.

xv) Safety

Please be reminded that under wet conditions the ground may become slippery and appropriate footwear should be worn.

xvi) Parking

For information on parking and the park and ride service click here.

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