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Episode 26 – Royal Dornoch Golf Club

After a recent visit to Royal Dornoch Golf Club this episode describes what is waiting for the visiting golfer at this famous Scottish links. Host Ru Macdonald is joined by ‘Mr Dornoch’ Paul York, a long term member and enthusiast of Royal Dornoch Golf Club providing factual and historic insight. Hear what the golf course has to offer and why making that trip to Scotland’s North is so special.

Standing on the first tee at Royal Dornoch is special. Read Graylyn Loomis’ review of Royal Dornoch Golf Club including a hole by hole guide here.

As mentioned in the podcast episode the visit in May of 2014 was to walk in the footsteps of the visiting golfer and to gauge the experience which is offered.


With this it was very apparent that the facility is well drilled in dealing with visiting golfers. The staff are very educated and helpful with ample ground handlers around the first tee including the fantastic starter kilted Roddy. The young and friendly young staff in the clubhouse provided a feel good factor in the aging clubhouse, with the bar and lounge alive with visiting golfers reliving their rounds.


On the visit to Dornoch accommodation was selected nearby the course, on the first tee. The Royal Dornoch Golf Hotel provides the perfect base for golfers with stunning views of the links. Imagine waking up to the below image? Upon drawing the curtains this view of the first at Dornoch will blow you away. Ensure you pay the bar a visit and get up for the Scottish Breakfast, both heavenly.

Golf You Must Play Next Door

The Highland Golf Links is a marketing concept aiming to attract golfers to the North of Scotland. The stay and play packages offered include the better known links of Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Nairn West. A common routing for the travelling golfer is to combine this region with Aberdeen and their offering as displayed in the below image.

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On the other hand the golf offering is comprehensive here in the Highlands so enough for a trip exclusively in Scotland’s remote North. Tain, Brora, Boat of Garten are just a few lesser known courses Paul recommends.

Boat of Garten Golf Club is worth a mention as this stunning setting is at the foot of the Cairngorms National Park which must be one of the most fun courses in Scotland. An inland retreat offering a different golf experience away from the links. This James Braid design must rank in my top 5 inland courses in the country.

To summaries, Royal Dornoch is usually on the first trip itinerary on an inaugural trip to Scotland and it is clear to see why. It is mystical, memorable and now no longer a secret. Head up North and enjoy your best drive of the trip without touching a golf club. Message us when you find out first hand what we mean.

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Guest Paul York captures amazing on course imagery of Royal Dornoch on his Twitter


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