Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Dornoch, Scotland

A golfing nirvana lies hidden away in the north of Scotland

📷 John Haslam / foxypar4
📷 John Haslam / foxypar4

Across the world, the list of courses and golfing experiences better than what you’ll find at Royal Dornoch can be counted on two hands. Maybe one. Dornoch is that special. Playing atop a bluff overlooking the North Sea before plunging down to hug the coastline, Dornoch is a classic links course and consensus top 10 golf course in the world. It’s a long ways from anyways – an hour north of Inverness, which three hours north of Edinburgh – is but if you make the journey, you’re not likely to forget it.

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Course Layout

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What To Know

Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Royal Dornoch is open year around. 

March through June is the driest season, while the warmest temperatures can be found June through September.  April through November is a fine time to play Royal Dornoch, with May-June being your best bet. 





Greens Fees


Greens Fees

January £100
February £100
March £100
April £180, £110 after 6 p.m.
May £180, £110 after 6 p.m.
June £180, £110 after 6 p.m.
July £180, £110 after 6 p.m.
August £180, £110 after 5:30 p.m.
September £180
October £180
November £100
December £100

Note: Juniors 17 and under play for 50% of above prices.

Greens fees last verified November 2018. View them on

Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Royal Dornoch seven days a week.

Book a tee time.

Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are available for £50 plus gratuity and junior caddies are £30 plus gratuity. You should request them in advance.

Clubs are available to rent for £30. Book them in advance.

Pull carts are available for £5.

Electric hand carts are available for £15.

Golf carts are£35 and only available to those who need them for medical reasons. Bring a medical certificate and reserve in advance.

Practice Facilities
Driving nets, short game and putting greens are available, but balls aren’t provided. There is no driving range.
Other Things To Know
Course Website

Year Built: 1877

Architects: Old Tom Morris extended the original 9 hole course to 18 holes in 1886. Later additions by George Duncan.

Deals: There is a fantastic Stay and Play deal available that will get you on Royal Dornoch (and Castle Stuart and/or The Nairn) for potentially half-price. Details are here.