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.
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