Skibo Castle Golf Club

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What we say

Even when you strip away the unique atmosphere of the Carnegie Club, there is little doubt this is one of the finest courses in Britain and Ireland. It has inherit advantages of course: it is one of the least played courses around so is presented in immaculate condition, and it has a setting arguably without peer on our shores. Where Skibo now also excels is in the quality and variety of its holes, testament to the redevelopment work. It is an awesome test off the backs, too difficult for anyone much outside single figures when it is breezy. But the members’ tees make it playable for all, and no less enjoyable. All who play here will adore the tranquility and calm one feels while walking these pristine links fairways, drinking in the picture- postcard views of the loch, the Dornoch Firth, the mountains and indeed, fleetingly, the Castle itself. Skibo is now accessible to anyone who can plan a little ahead and who is willing to spend £300 on a green fee. It is no trifling outlay, but the return on investment yields enormous benefits.

There are many aspects of Skibo that please the visitor, but the one that shines like a beacon is its natural understated elegance. The view from the enchanting clubhouse looking up through the pass to the Sutherland Hills is one of sheer beauty. The original course lacked something. Too much gorse maybe, perhaps poor routing, but to be one of the vey best, something was missing. Changes were made: a re-routing of the course and a large percentage of the gorse taken out. For 46 weeks of the year, it looked ugly. It was replaced with the indigenous grasses of the Highlands and as these grasses flourished, the fairways and greens were framed by its rugged looks. That small change made a major impact. The first few holes, then the beauty of the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Back to the middle of the course before hugging the banks of the loch with the welcoming sight of the clubhouse all the way down one of golf’s best finishing holes. Skibo Castle is Scotland at its finest.

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The course, designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, offers the golfer a rare opportunity to play a links course which remains firm and fast. It requires a broad repertoire of shots, not simply the modern style of aerial bombardment golf, and demands that any golfer, regardless of standard, is rewarded for thoughtful and skilful play rather than for power.

Iin a wind, it will test even the mightiest of players. Its varied layout takes the golfer past exceptionally rare wildlife habitats which have been carefully retained and protected and are now managed to ensure their future. Birdlife abounds and with the sea on three sides and the hills of Sutherland and Ross-shire all around, this course must have one of the finest settings in the world of golf.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 5 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 5 out of 5
  • Address
    Skibo Castle, Clashmore, DORNOCH
  • Tel 01862 894600
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £300 (limited times)
Course Length 6,883 yards (6,294 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty -
Course Membership Private

Course Features

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

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 Sheer opulence and attention to detail

    By Martin Grove

    Taken to Skibo by a friend on 7th May 2015. The club house has a modern yet elegant feel to it, set on a spit of land in the Dornoch Firth. The attention to detail, from the moment we arrived, makes you feel very special and the staff customer service was second to none. The course is pristine due to severe under use. ( I only saw two other two balls the whole day) and we had a leisurely round. Exclusivity comes at a price but the Carneige Club is well worth it.

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