Located in the Scottish Highlands, Royal Dornoch Golf Club is a true links style course. There is evidence of golf in 1616 Dornoch but the formal founding of the club is with a nine hole layout in 1877.
Old Tom Morris updated that nine in 1886 before returning three years later to extend the course to eighteen. Various modifications were made after the Second World War to give us the 6,711 yard, par 70 gem we enjoy today.
GOLF Magazine’s 14th best course in the world is a gorgeous place to play along a half moon shaped stretch of beach with the first eight holes played out along and atop a ridge and the remaining ten holes played back by the sea except the 17th and 18th.
Dornoch is famous for its plateau greens which Old Tom designed and Donald Ross took to the world. After serving as Morris’ design apprentice, Ross returned to Dornoch as greenskeeper until leaving for the States in 1899. He was appointed golf professional at Pinehurst in 1900 where he began his course design career.
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