Royal Dornoch is often forgotten or perhaps overlooked, but this is quite simply a mistake. In 2016 Golf Digest ranked Royal Dornoch as the 5th Best Golf Course in the World and the Best Golf Course in Scotland and this alone tells you all that you need to know about the quality of this Scotland Golf Break venue.
Located north of Inverness, Royal Dornoch is indeed slightly isolated, however the staggering quality of the golf course, the beautiful scenery and the warm Scottish welcome makes the journey well worth while.
The Championship Course at Royal Dornoch was built in 1877. The first eight holes follow the ridge and the remaining ten holes played in the opposite direction are bounded, except the 17th and 18th on the left by the sandy beaches of the firth. The par of 70 is evenly distributed over the two halves each having two par threes, a par five and six par fours. If the wind blows the course will demand more from the player especially the par four finishing hole where a par can be considered a birdie. Old Tom Morris was the architect responsible for extending the original 9 holes layout to 18 holes in 1886. He introduced the plateau greens which are the soul of the course, their uniqueness lies in their size and their inverted saucer shapes.
The Struie Course far from being the poor relation, is itself ranked in the top 50 Links Courses in the UK. Originally opened as a 12 hole Ladies course in 1899 the completion of 18 holes was completed in 1999. The work of Donald Steel and his design team back in the 1990s encapsulates natural Scottish Links golf, working with the natural landscape, local plant and wildlife, the layout incorporates many of the unique Dornoch features.
At Tailormade Luxury Golf Holidays we offer a range of accommodation options for Golf Break packages at Royal Dornoch. Choose from the 5* Links House at Royal Dornoch, The Royal Golf Hotel or the Dornoch Castle Hotel in order to create a golf package that ideally suits your needs requirements and budget.
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Prices from £495 per person