Royal Dornoch GC - ChampionshipChampionship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Golf Road
Dornoch IV25 3LW

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1862 810219
Fax: +44 (0) 1862 810792

One of Scotland's most famous traditional links courses, Royal Dornoch Championship Links lies in the Scottish Highlands. An Old Tom Morris design from the 19th century, there is evidence of golf being played on these grounds dating back to 1616. This was also the club where renowned golf course architect Donald Ross grew up, learning the trade he would later take to the United States. Playing Dornoch offers a glimpse into where Ross got his crowned green style he's become famous for at courses like Pinehurst No. 2. -- Brandon Tucker

Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
5 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
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A view of a hole at Championship Course from Royal Dornoch Golf ClubRoyal Dornoch: #16

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Old Tom Morris
  • Public/Private: Semi-Private
  • Year opened: 1877
  • Golf Season:
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed - handicap certificate required. Maximum 24 gentlemen, 35 Ladies.
  • Tee times welcomed: Pre-booking advised
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range:
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - medical certificate required

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: £65 - £130
  • Weekends: £65 - £130

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: Soft spikes may be worn in the clubhouse
  • Dress code: Royal Dornoch welcomes golfers and their friends in an informal style.
  • Credit cards accepted:

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Blue 70 6722 yd. 136 0
White 70 6626 yd. 134 0
Yellow 70 6265 yd. 129 0
Red 76 5934 yd. 139 0
Red (W) 75 5934 yd. 126 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by jay c
    on August 23rd, 2014 05:51
    Put simply this is easily the best course I have played.

    A gentle opening short par 4 and par 3.......think again! The par 4 will reward you only if you are switched on from the start, the par 3 will confound you if you miss the green. The short 10th demands an accurate tee shot or again you will face a tricky 2nd. The closing hole into the wind is demanding (par should be accepted happily here) but get the line off the tee correct and you will be thinking of birdie. Very good hole to close with 17 beauties before you reach it.

    Bunkers are penal (as they should be) but not impossible to escape if you don't get greedy. The rough presents enough of a challenge without being ridiculously tough, you will not lose many balls unless around Dornoch unless you are way off line (high handicappers can breathe easily) and the greens are fast and true, as you would expect on a top quality course.

    Extremely friendly and helpful staff in the clubhouse restaurant/bar, pro shop, starters hut and halfway hut. Nothing appears to be a problem for them. A laid back and relaxed attitude compliments the tremendous service you receive from start to finish.

    If you haven't played this course then you are missing something extremely special. It was a truly wonderfull experience from start to finish. Elite players and high handicappers will enjoy this course in equal measure and that in itself is the measure of how well this course has been laid out.

    Do not miss out on playing the Struie course when visiting either. Maybe not as illustrious as it's big brother but an exceptionally good value test of golf and a stunning course in its own right.

    Dornoch will be on the schedule to be visited for a long time to come.
  • Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by Henry chambers
    on August 13th, 2014 10:27
    Played numerous courses in Scotland over many years. This is in the top five and certainly the most enjoyable for this high handicapper? A light rain started us out , not a problem. Upon clearing skies the beauty of the course appears. As a links course it is hard to beat. Even the rough is manageable. What fun!
  • Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by Gregg R
    on November 09th, 2012 12:22
    I played 6 rounds on my trip to Scotland including the Old and New Courses at St Andrews and Cruden Bay and while Dornoch may not have the "magic" of the Old Course it makes up for it with the golf. The course is a stern test, but very fair and gives a great insight into the mind of Donald Ross (Dornoch's native son). The front nine is tremendous and the back nine is even better. There is a laid back atmosphere at the course, the hotel and the town in general which is refreshing for such an elite course. I cannot give a higher recommendation tan I give Royal Dornoch
  • Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by Ben
    on August 16th, 2008 08:00
    We played there two summers ago (2006) and to this day I still mention the course as my favorite of all time. I figured we couldn't go wrong if Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw mention it as one of theirs too!
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