Golf Course Review: Royal Dornoch

Kyle Gardner

Dornoch, Scotland-  Bad short games beware! Royal Dornoch, an Old Tom Morris design was opened in 1877. Located two-hundred miles north of Edinburgh, Dornoch is a hidden gem visited by few. Morris’ design features a links layout with ample bunkering dispersed throughout the scenic property. The Bunkers are all extremely deep, serving as a tough test for high handicappers. Rye High School Junior, Eddie Collins described “It took me four shots to get out of one”.

The routing of the course that follows the outside of the property on the outward nine is bordered by the North Sea. The sea provides spectacular views. Junior Zac Bunder stated that “standing on the 12th tee I could hardly concentrate on my shot as I was distracted by the blue sea”. Be fair warned,the serene views of the Sea also pose as a fierce water hazard. Junior Miles Goldman stated that “he hit for four balls in the water on the 16th hole”. Royal Dornoch provides an a strategic layout with with spectacular views of the sea which gives allows golfers to experience the double threat of beauty and toughness.