Championship Course
at Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Highlands, Scotland

Championship Course overview

Royal Dornoch’s Championship Course is a truly great links course, and some say if it was not located so far north in Scotland that it would have hosted its fair share of Open Championships. The course offers a blend of stunning views across the Dornoch Firth, challenging and varied holes, gorse-lined fairways and its famous ‘upturned saucer’ greens which often prevents the more traditional ‘bump and run shots’ from being played.

Designed by Old Tom Morris in 1895, the par-70 measures 6754-yards from the back tees (other tee options are available) but runs nice and fast during summer due to the perfect links soil. Put the scorecard away here and just take in the magnificent surroundings and stunning layout; this is an experience to savour and an example of why golfers travel far and wide to play the game.

Signature hole

The par-4, 14th ‘Foxy’ is often regarded as the signature hole and possibly the most difficult on the course. There are no man-made hazards, instead, golfers face a series of hillocks heading up to a raised narrow green of subtle contours.

At 445-yards hitting the green in two shots is a fine accomplishment in itself. The hole captures what Royal Dornoch is all about and is something of a throwback to how golf courses were originally designed.

Did You Know?

Written records show that golf was played on the links land in the town of Dornoch as early as 1630, well before the first 18-hole golf course was formed in the 1800s.

Accommodation near Championship Course

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

The wonderful Royal Dornoch Golf Club situated in northern Scotland offers two links courses, with the Championship Course ranked amongst the best in the world.

The Royal Golf Hotel

On the doorstep of Royal Dornoch Golf Club overlooking the first tee and Dornoch Firth. This is a golfer’s paradise set amongst the breath-taking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

Moray Golf Club

The Old Course at Moray GC, located an hour east of Inverness and widely considered to be one of the best links courses in Scotland, is a true hidden gem and tribute to the artistry of Old Tom Morris.

Nairn Golf Club

One of Scotland’s finest links courses located on the Moray Firth in the Highlands, Nairn is consistently ranked top 20 in the country and has held both Walker and Curtis Cups.

Castle Stuart Golf Links

Castle Stuart is a fantastic layout and a stunning addition to the Scottish Highlands. Located on the shores of the Moray Firth, the course offers thrilling panoramic views many memorable views.

Sandown House

Sandown House B&B, originally a former dairy farm that has been transformed into a luxury Five Star Gold guesthouse, sits just outside of Nairn in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Golspie Golf Club

A gem up in the Highlands of Scotland with holes that offer great variety and wonderful views across the North Sea and Dornoch Firth. Brora and Royal Dornoch golf clubs are close by.

Ardgowan Hotel

The Ardgowan in St Andrews is a 36-room family-run, 3-star hotel in the center of town. A popular spot for golfers, this hotel is just a short walk from the 1st tee of the famed Old Course.

Kingsmills Hotel

Situated one mile from downtown Inverness and positioned within 4 acres of beautifully manicured private grounds, sits the excellent Kingsmills Hotel – an upscale 4-star property.

Tain Golf Club

40 minutes north of Inverness is Tain Golf Club, an interesting ‘hidden gem’ links that provides great value and plenty of variety in the layout. This is a wonderful intro to golf in the Highlands.

Brora Golf Club

One of the most scenic courses in Scotland, located way up in the highlands and hugging the North Sea coastline. Brora is a beautiful and unique experience, with sheep and cattle roaming freely.

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