The Kittocks Course (formerly known as The Devlin) is a testament to Bruce Devlin's experience and expertise.
It is a truly magnificent par 72, 7,049-yard championship course that sweeps its way along the rugged seaside landscape. Kittocks name is taken from the SSSI area of land on the course that is inhabited by a family of deer. This protected area comes into view on several holes and provides abundant wildlife to be seen during a round on Kittocks, including pheasants, rabbits and hares, deer, grouse and badgers.
The coastal land the course is built on reminded the legendary golfer Gene Sarazen of Pebble Beach when he first visited the site, as one of the course's original architects.
This as yet, undiscovered gem begins by innocently easing the golfer into a false sense of security, offering wide, well manicured fairways that wind around man-made water features and risky bunkers, teasing the golfer with a mix of par fours and fives.
Then it is onto the par 5, 5th where the walk to the tee signals the beginning of the roller coaster style rides up, over and around the rugged wilderness of Kittock's Den.
These ridge holes open up to the panorama of the white water crashing on the rocky shoreline below and over the body of the North sea to the Grampian mountains which dominate the horizon.
The ever-changing ambience of this vast and spectacular view heightens the experience for the golfer. Leading on to the par 4 7th, which hugs the natural curve of the coastline, down to the heavily protected, suspended green. The golfer is continually taunted by the course, which offers debate as to whether to play safe or take a risk.
At the par 4, 9th faced with this choice, do you veer to the tight fairway on the right or the wider, longer and safer option on the left? The decision is yours.
The excitement continues to mount as the homeward stretch lies ahead, all the while heading to the par 4, signature 15th. After a solid drive this 'dog leg' leaves a precarious 2nd shot towards the cliff edge green, which is heavily guarded by slopes and strategically placed bunkers.
The par 3 16th, with a 300 foot drop to the sea below, provides a daunting challenge before two strong par 4's complete the round