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Royal Dornoch Golf Club is a golf club in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland. It is generally referred to as Royal Dornoch. The club has two 18-hole courses: the Championship Course and the Struie Course. The older Championship Course is a links course located on the Dornoch Firth.
|Established||1877, 146 years ago|
|Length||6,748 yd (6,170 m)|
|Length||6,265 yd (5,729 m)|
Royal Dornoch has never hosted any of the modern professional tournaments. The British Amateur Championship was held there in 1985 and the Scottish Amateur in 1993, 2000, and 2012. The Women's and Men's Senior Amateur championships will be held at Royal Dornoch in 2022.
The Championship Course was ranked No. 3 on the 2007 Golf Digest list of Top 100 International (outside U.S.) courses. David Brice, of Golf International, called it the "king of Scottish links courses".
The internationally renowned Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club was named No. 1 in the world by the online golf reservation service golfscape.
Golf was played in Dornoch, over the extensive linksland there, in the early seventeenth century, circa 1616. Expenses covering the cost of a young aristocrat's golf clubs in 1616 have provided the earliest evidence so far of the sport's presence in Dornoch. John, the 13th Earl of Sutherland, was sent to the town in Sutherland to be educated. The reference was uncovered by researcher Wade Cormack, who is a PhD student at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The current golf club was established 146 years ago in 1877, and was awarded its royal status in 1906 by King Edward VII.
The design of the Championship Course is attributed to Old Tom Morris. Several of the original holes were lost to the construction of an airfield during World War II. After the war, George Duncan was commissioned to restore and extend the course over newly acquired land. The work introduced the present 6th through 11th holes on the Championship Course.
Members of the club traveled to the northwest United States in September 2005 for a friendly international competition and cultural exchange with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe at their Circling Raven Golf Club in northern Idaho.
|Championship||74 / 136||331||184||413||422||353||161||479||434||529||3306||174||449||560||180||445||360||401||417||456||3416||6722|
|Medal||73 / 134||331||177||413||422||353||161||479||434||529||3299||146||446||535||171||445||322||401||405||456||3327||6626|
|Regular||71 / 129||302||167||398||402||312||156||464||389||491||3081||142||434||490||148||439||300||395||390||446||3184||6265|
- "Championship Course" (PDF). Royal Dornach Golf Club. (scorecard). Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Struie Course" (PDF). Royal Dornach Golf Club. (scorecard). Retrieved 2 July 2016.
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- "Royal Dornoch: King of Scottish links courses". Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "ROYAL DORNOCH TOPS WORLD BEST COURSES LEADER BOARD -". Royal Dornoch. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- World Atlas of Golf, 1988 edition
- Carroll, Steve (10 September 2020). "Behind the scorecard: The new 7th hole at Royal Dornoch". National Club Golfer. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
- "Championship Course". Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
- Bergum, Steve (14 May 2005). "Scottish team, Circling Raven plan gathering". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington, U.S. p. C1.
- Bergum, Steve (20 September 2005). "Sharing as a matter of course". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington, U.S. p. B1.