Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch

Categories: Golf Courses, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
Featuring two 18-hole courses, Royal Dornoch Golf Club receives praise as one of the world's finest golf courses. Perhaps surprisingly, the golf club sits in a remote location and typically isn't used for major golf tournaments. The sandy shore and grassy lawns make for interesting, challenging out-and-back layouts, and many of the greens are built on raised platforms. Professionals like American golf writer Herb Warren Wind hold the course in high regard. To visit Royal Dornoch Golf Club on your trip to Dornoch, use our Dornoch vacation planner.
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  • The positive: one would have a difficult time finding a better course and experience. Quite simply said, it's a stunningly fun and challenging course and one which would never get bored playing every ...  read more »
  • Very friendly reception and absolutely stunning views could not make for a better place to play golf. All complemented by the friendliness of the staff. Just a shame it is so expensive for couples. Bu...  read more »
  • Everything very acceptable..great staff, good food, great golf course. Liked the fact that dress code was casual but no hats or caps, non members could have a snack too. 
  • I played Royal Dornoch twice in 2004 with a group of twenty. The first round shot 79 with a rental set. (My clubs showed up a day later) During the first round, my playing partner made an Ace on #11. The bar tab for 20 after with our "caddies" was large. The second round a day later after Brora, was fantastic, rained straight down, gorse blooming a brilliant yellow, shot 76 and didn't want to leave. If I could play one course every day for the rest of my life it would be Royal Dornoch. Our caddies were brilliant!
  • One of the top courses in the world for a reason. Magical place.
  • Beautiful course and very helpful and funny caddie. It was a pleasure to play this course and meet Harry. Hope to return someday.
  • Just Perfect!
  • My golf trip to Scotland was one of the highlights of my life. Some wonderful courses for reasonable rates. Royal Dornoch was one of the more expensive courses my friend and I played and I had high expectations. I was very disappointed. Everywhere else we played in Scotland (including the Old Course in St. Andrews) it seemed the custom that we played either as a twosome or were asked if we would like someone to join us. Not so here. As we were about to tee off we were told by the starter that there would be someone joining us. If asked, I would have probably said yes - but it would have been nice to at least have had the option. Also, there seemed to be a bit of a mixup and an expectation that we would play with caddies. I had previously declined invitations to reserve a caddie, first when I booked online, next by the parking lot attendant, and finally by the clerk in the proshop. I am an 8 handicap and had done a fair bit of research on the course - although difficult, it didn't seem impossible to decipher. Nonetheless, when we got to the 1st tee, the starter claimed that he had it down on his clipboard that we had reserved caddies and he seemed somewhat inconvenienced when I told him no. Our newfound playing partner did take a caddie, however. I was rather surprised when this caddie refused to shake my hand and introduce himself on the 1st tee. I don't know if he was miffed because he wasn't with his buddies or if this was just "business as usual" but he did several things to make our round unpleasant. At hole #2 I hit a ball into what looked like the left rough and announced that I would be playing a provisional. Our anonymous caddie said "oh you'll be fine over there" and proceeded to march down the fairway. I took his word for it and went off after my ball. After a minute or 2 of solitary searching in the native rough, I saw the caddie standing on the green. I dropped a ball and proceeded. A few holes later I had a 15 footer for birdie. The caddie stood directly behind the hole to make sure that I could see him while putting. I asked him to move, which he did - all of 3 feet. Is this how they do it in Scotland? At #12 he planted his player's bag right next to the tee marker and stood there with his arms crossed while I teed up less than 18 inches from his feet. I stared at him - he was not going to move. At #15 I had to resist the urge to intentionally skull a 7 iron when has was standing directly between myself and the flag. If this caddie's intention was to "teach us a lesson" he was successful. I will not be returning to Royal Dornoch.
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