Opened in 1877, Royal Dornoch is another of the historical courses of Scotland, designed by the famed Old Tom Morris. It is situated in the Highlands, some 200 miles, 4-hour drive from Edinburgh. Royal Dornoch is well known as being the place where the famous Donald Ross (1872-1948) grew up and learned everything about the game, before taking his knowledge to America. The present configuration was built after the Second World War.

Established by the sea, the Royal Dornoch course has its first eight holes following a ridge. The second part, with the remaining ten holes, goes in the opposite direction. According to FineGolf, the 2nd to 6th holes can be “frightening”. The combinations of bunkers and steep slopes can be daunting for novice players, and will always represent a significant challenge even to the most experienced golfers.

Stats and conditions

Holes: 18

Type: Semi-Private

Style: Links

Par: 70

Length: 6722 yards

Slope: 136

Bunkers: 7

Elevation Changes: 6

Undulating Greens: 7

Walking is allowed, and a casual, informal style, is welcome here. It is possible to wear soft spikes in the clubhouse. Caddies are available if players request them in advance. Carts are also available, but only for medical conditions.