2016 will mark four centuries of golf being played in the Dornoch area with the earliest concrete evidence of the game dating back to 1616. However, few records have been explored from the period 1600-1800 and a new project aims to bridge the gap in knowledge in the lead up to the town’s 400 Years of Golf in Dornoch celebrations.Wade Cormack, the selected PhD student cones on the podcast one year through his three year study to share his findings thus far.
The Royal Dornoch Golf Club has donated £54,000 to the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for History, based in the town, to establish a three-year PhD studentship to investigate the history of sport and culture in Dornoch and wider Moray Firth coastal region during the period.
One of the partners involved in the PHD funding is Highland Golf Links, the collaborative partnership to help drive golf tourism to the north of Scotland. Partners include the three golf courses Nairn, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch frequently visited by travelling golfers. Be sure to take advantage of some of their fantastic packages on offer throughout the season with some great off season prices often popular.
Wade’s address to Royal Dornoch members earlier this year can be watched below;