Royal Golf Hotel
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Golf has been played on Dornoch Links since the 16th Century, although formal permission to play was only granted to the Sutherland Golfing Society in 1877.
In 1906 Millicent Duchess of Sutherland asked King Edward VII to grant the title 'Royal' to the Dornoch Golf Club, a move which lead to a marked expansion in membership.
Royal Dornoch has been named No 1 in the world by Golfscape and 4th best in the World outside the USA by Golf Digest, pipped only by Northern Irelands Royal County Down and placed three spots ahead of St Andrews' famous Old Course. Dornoch's members include legends of the game Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Tom Watson.
Royal Dornoch is as much-loved for its technical difficulty as it is for its stunning views across the Dornoch Firth and Sutherland hills.
Many believe that the golf course is one of Scotland's very finest links golf courses and that if it hadn't been for its location in The Highlands that it would have hosted The Open Championship. Anyone who has played it could not fail to agree.
The responsibility for actually designing the Championship course fell to the legendary Old Tom Morris who used the unique links-land features to create a magical golfing experience – one that prompted Tom Watson, five times Open Champion, to say, "It’s the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course!"
Over the years the Championship course has been tweaked and enhanced by greats such as John Sutherland and ex-professional and greenkeeper, Donald Ross. Open Champion, George Duncan added new holes after the war ensuring that the course has remained a challenge in the face of ever improving equipment and continues to be regularly ranked within the top 12 best courses in the world. (Number 2 in the world by Golf Digest)
And it’s not just the Championship course that benefits from the challenges that links-land throws up. The recent addition of five new holes on the Struie have transformed this course into one that still maintains its role as an enjoyable and entertaining course for the whole family, but one that tests even the lower handicap player.
Royal Dornoch has a modern clubhouse which has recently undergone a complete refurbishement to the first floor bar & restaurant and everyone is welcome to enjoy the facilities. The clubhouse has a generously stocked bar and a restaurant serving anything from hot filled rolls to a full dinner menu.