Royal Dornoch Golf Club

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What we say

top100Further north than Moscow, Royal Dornoch is a pilgrimage every golfer should make at least once in their lifetime. From the moment you step on to the course, an air of calm descends. And no matter what the course throws at you – lightning fast plateau greens, gorse-lined fairways, blind shots, howling winds – you'll still walk off the links with a smile on your face. The 14th is the signature hole – a bunkerless double-dogleg par-4 named Foxy, which leads to a raised, angled green. Make a par here and you'll be telling everyone all about it in the famous whisky bar long into the night. Mar, 06

“It was the most fun I've had playing golf in my entire life,” said Tom Watson after his first round at Dornoch. Golf is known to have been played here since 1616 the quality of the current test owes much to an Old Tom Morris redesign in 1886.

Remorselessly penal and relentlessly beautiful, Royal Dornoch would surely have hosted the Open if it wasn't for its remote location, 600 miles northof London. For a slightly easier task, you can try the 18 hole Struie layout.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 3 out of 5
  • TG Rating Not yet rated
  • Players Rating 4.3 out of 5
  • Address
    Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Golf Road, DORNOCH
  • Tel 01862 810219
  • Website

Course Information

Course 70 par
Course Style -
Green Fees Winter: Mon-Fri: £54 (round). Sat-Sun: £60 (round), Summer: Mon-Fri: £82 (round). Sat-Sun: £92 (round)
Course Length 6,514 yards (5,956 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 Links Heaven

    By chris banner

     If your seeking a true Scottich golfing links experience you must play this course. It is superb and in my top 5 courses of all time.  After two relatively easy opening holes the course becomes a true test of links golf.  Hard running fairways, deep bunkers and raised undulating greens, whispy rough and gourse.  This really is links heaven.   An hour from Inverness where you can also play Castle Stuart & Nairn.  Three courses you need to play.  Forget the Costa Del Sol & Algarve one year.  Go to the Highlands-golf as it should be.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Super

    By James Smith

     What can I say.....super, super,super. Absolutely fab. I can't wait to go back.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Epic Links

    By gslack

    Played 18 on the Struie before tackling this fabulous course. In perfect condition. Couldn't have wished for more. Good restaurant as well. A must play course.

  • 5 out of 5 outstanding

    By tweedster

    simply put this has to be one of the best course in the world from the condition of the course to the scenery surrounding you you cant help but enjoy yourself even if you play like a donkey as i did on it

  • 4.5 out of 5 Go Spoil Yourself!

    By mcdeath

    First played this course 3 years ago and fell head over heals for it.  So I went back for more in June 09 and it was even better than I remembered. From the moment you walk into the Pro Shop to the moment you leave the 19th you are made to feel welcome, the staff treat everyone as royalty and it just adds to the whole experience. The course, is tough but fair.  The par 3's will test your mid iron play and the Par 14th could test your patience!  If you ever want to play a real GEM of a course then go play Royal Dornoch (twinned with Pinehurst No2). 

  • 4.5 out of 5 Savour the opportunity.

    By Derek Bremner

    Second time round just as awesome (non-American meaning). Greens had been worked on but certainly did not spoil anything. Miss greens at your peril as recovery from close very difficult. Margin of error minimal so tough for higher handicap player. Scenery and history second to none.

  • 3 out of 5 what a place

    By clay

    Simply stunning - great condition and design - all you could ever ask for

  • 3 out of 5 what a place

    By clay

    Simply stunning - great condition and design - all you could ever ask for

  • 5 out of 5 Best links ever...

    By Anonymous

    The best Links I have ever played. Peaceful surroundings with magnificent scenery with Scottish hills as a backdrop and the seashore so close. The course has some excellent testing holes with fabulous greens.

  • 5 out of 5 Best golf ever

    By Anonymous

    An outstanding course also where you can sense the history of golf. Highly recommended.

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