As part of a golfing tour to play Royal Dornoch we also played Castle Stuart, Brora, Golspie, Tain and Dornoch's Struie course.
What a golf course - Royal Dornoch's championship course will take some beating to be the best golf course I have ever played (having played many more than i have reviewed). As you approach the first tee having taken the obligatory photo the nerves start to build, a combination of factors being:
- Top 10 on the planet please give it a fair outing' apprehension,
- The trip centers around this course,
- Everyone in the restaurant is watching the first tee, and
- We are facing in to a 2/3 club wind.
I'm pleased to say that my hooky drive was decent enough to give me a second shot towards the green and thus letting the fun begin.
There are enough hole by hole reviews of the course on this site and elsewhere that most visitors will have read to death before their RD pilgrimage - all I would say is to enjoy it and take in the surroundings and clever golf course architecture. Perhaps on subsequent visits focus on building a score. The course saw every club in the bag used with Driver not always the right call off the tee.
The course largely routes along the coastline without ever feeling like you are at beach level. Many of the tees are cleverly built in to the side of the hill providing spectacular views of the area and of the hole ahead. The course is generous enough not to punish stray tee shots with lost balls albeit the punishment comes in the form of much tougher approaches to the greens. Favourite hole, par 3 sixth hole. Not a single weak hole or 'filler'.
Hospitality over lunch was excellent albeit a lack of breakfast rolls and coffee pre 10am comes as a surprise given that many come from far and wide to play here.
I would plan a golf trip around playing Royal Dornoch many times over, it really is that good.
Score 87 (+16 SS, 12 Handicap)
Date: September 02, 2020