I managed to play Skibo Castle with my son during our recent trip to Brora. The club is ultra private with only one tee time set aside for visitors per day but if you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to play it is worth it.
The routing is good and considering the course is set on a strip of land only 700 yards wide it is testament to the designers that you rarely see another golfer due to clever use of the dune system.
Skibo has a nice blend of holes with long and short holes, dogleg’s both left and right alongside some slight elevation changes. My standout holes are the 2nd a shortish left to right dogleg par 4 which is nicely framed by bunkers before you approach the elevated green. Holes 6,7 and 8 are amongst the best on the course. Hole 6 is a short par three plays slightly uphill. The green is guarded by a solitary deep pot bunker at is entrance and a steep fall on the right will catch the pushed tee shot. The 7th is a drivable uphill par 4 with a split fairway with bunker protecting both the centre and the left side. The green is set above the player and any shot that is leaked to the right will be caught by a steep run off. Hole 8 plays from an elevated tee to a fairway which runs alongside the Dornoch Firth. The longer the tee shot the narrower the fairway becomes and anyone who bails out left will find heather.
The run of holes from 10 - 15 are solid rather than spectacular but 16 is a cracking par 4 with an excellent green complex before you reach the 17th which is possibly the best hole on the course. This short par 4 has all the ingredients of a great risk and reward hole, heavily bunkered with run offs around the green complex are its protection but if you hit a good tee shot this hole presents a decent birdie opportunity.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the 18th is not overly links like but it is still a fun finishing hole. The course was presented very well apart from the greens which have undergone some maintenance but this did not detract from a great day.
Date: September 05, 2020