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“A special round of golf, way up in "the pointy part" of Scotland” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Designed by Old Tom Morris in 1886, this challenging, historic course has spectacular views of the North Sea and goes almost straight out and straight back, with the angle changing subtly at each hole.
Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A special round of golf, way up in "the pointy part" of Scotland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

We’d been looking forward to playing Royal Dornoch for years, and the Championship course did not disappoint. Everyone’s comments about the wonderful layout, conditioning, views and turtleback greens are spot on; and you’ll use every club in your bag as you tackle this challenging, fair test of classic links golf. Unfortunately, the club had misplaced our caddy request, which was a bummer, because even on a day with fair skies and low wind, as we had, this is a course where local knowledge is an advantage.

We also played a straightforward “warm up” round on the pleasant and very affordable Struie course, which is an even better value when booked for the day before/after a Championship course round.

While at Dornoch, take a moment to enjoy the huge display of ball marks in the starters’ hut that golfers from around the world have left with the starter. The pro shop inventory has more variety than many, especially for women; and refreshments in the clubhouse restaurant will not disappoint. The clubhouse, itself, has all sorts of wonderful memorabilia; not the least of which is the renowned Carnegie Shield.

Our only complaint is how the misplaced caddy request was handled, as it was clear that the dismissive staff thought we had never made the request, which was both awkward and frustrating. Afterwards, we located several emails documenting that we were in the right, but that’s small consolation. Mistakes happen in any business, of course - how these are handled in the moment says a lot. A club of Royal Dornoch’s distinction and sky-high fees needs to do better.

Visited August 2013
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Suwanee, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

This is it.

Golf at it's absolute finest.

The layout is incomparable, the conditioning was superb, and the weather even cooperated for one of the best times I have ever had on a golf course. The bowl top Donald Ross greens are a test. The hardpan fairways teach you new ways to hit shots, and the bump and run (or even putting) from the fairways opens your eyes to possibilities you don't usually face in the US.

The staff here was unparalleled, from the caddymaster to the pro shop, and the restaurant afterward.

Play here. You will want to return many times.

Tom Watson was correct, the most fun you can have playing golf.....

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“The Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

A must add to your list of golf courses to play in Scotland. Not only is the golf course wonderful the staff is the best. Scenery is amazing and the condition of the course is always championship caliber.

Visited August 2013
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“Top 10 course in the world.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I love this course & have played it 4 times now. Aside from a great layout, great views, and great conditioning, it is above all else a fair golf course. Good shots are rewarded, unlike some quirky links courses that tend to subject shots to an element of the lucky/unlucky bounce. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Visited August 2013
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“Golfers have golfed here for nearly 400 years”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

I loved every minute of being on this historic golf course. Loved the air, the scenery and our caddies. The food at the clubhouse is excellent (great service) and their view is of the course and the sea.

Visited August 2013
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