GOLF & ACTIVITIES
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Anyone coming to Dornoch must play at one of the "Royal Dornoch" Courses.
Despite its northerly latitude, some 45 miles North of Inverness and nearly 200 miles from Edinburgh, improvements to roads help Royal Dornoch to continue to be one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland.
So well is it regarded that magazine polls across the world regularly have it in their top twenty, it is well worth the extra miles it takes to get there. Old Tom Morris originally laid the course out in 1891 and John Sutherland - Dornoch's club secretary from 1882 through to 1935 - made subsequent changes. After World War II the course was again considerably altered by George Duncan who designed five new holes: Nos 7 through to 11.
The opening hole at Royal Dornoch, a simple par 4, is no indication of the joy - and trouble - to come. It is not until golfers walk over the headlands to the third tee that they get a sense of this striking golf course. Wondrous swards of fairway and green, with clusters of players dotting the beach-front, unfold a mile in each direction. The embankments of the old dunes on the landward side of the course, from late April until early June, are a carpet of flaming yellow gorse.
The course is just over 6,500 yards, but this is no reflection on the degree of difficulty to be found on many holes. It is classic links with the first 8 holes following the natural slants and humps of old dune embankments while the rest flank the sandy beaches of Dornoch Bay. Raised or sloping greens are characteristic as well as elevated tees so the target is well presented although rarely easy to reach. Dornoch, perhaps more than most, is a thinking golfers course where it is not enough to simply keep the ball on the fairway. A position has to be sought on most holes where the green can be accessed to your advantage.
OTHER LOCAL COURSES
You can click the course links above to open the club web site in a new window. Glenmuir cottage website will still be here when you have finished looking at the club sites.
Glenmuir Cottage is situated in the Highlands of Scotland and as such the traditional pursuits of fishing, walking, beachcombing, climbing or simply relaxing in a wonderful corner of the country are all available on your doorstep. You could also have a look at these local websites for more ideas.
Kenny and Margaret MacGruer
62 Old Edinburgh Road,
Inverness IV2 3PG
Tel: 01463 238892