Golf

small golf flag  Royal Dornoch. The oldest record of golf in Dornoch is 1616.  The tradition was that monks and others from the monastery at St. Andrews introduced the game to their colleagues here.  The present championship course was laid out in 1886 by Old Tom Morris.  In 1899 the Struie course was laid out by the then secretary, John Sutherland and in 1906 the course was extended from 12 to 18 holes.  During WWII an airfield with two runways was created.  After the war, a Struie course was again laid out.  In 2003 five new holes were incorporated.

small golf flag  Brora was established in 1891 is the most northerly golf memorial to James Braid in his native Scotland. It is also the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society. Given 194 acres of Scottish links land to work on, what in 1923 was entitled “Braid’s Plan” is hardly altered. Here the visitor will enjoy the mixture of bent grass and beach sand, burn water and gorse in glorious yellow May bloom. There is even a railway which comes into play from the tenth tee.

small golf flag  Tain was designed in 1890 and is a traditional Scottish Highland links course designed by Old Tom Morris.  The links enjoys spectacular views over mountains and sea and benefits from a sheltered climate, which allows favourable golfing conditions for most of the year.

small golf flag  Golspie was formed out of the Sutherland Golfing Society in 1889.  Designed by James Braid it offers one of the finest settings for a round of golf in the Highlands of Scotland with stunning views over the Dornoch Firth and the towering backdrop of Ben Bhraggie this is truly a Highland Gem. The Par 70 course offers a unique blend of seaside links, heath and parkland to suit golfers of all abilities.

The Dornoch Firth Golf Pass costs £30 per player and entitles to a 30% discount on green fees.  www.dornochfirthgolf.co.uk

 

small golf flag  Bonar Bridge– founded in 1904. A 9-hole course in beautiful countryside overlooking Migdale Loch.

small golf flag  Skibo Castle dates back to the 12th century, the present structure is largely of the 19th century, and early 20th century, when it was the home of industrialist Andrew Carnegie. It is now operated as the Carnegie Club, a members-only hotel and country club although it now offers limited access to non residents, with two 4 balls offered Monday through Friday during the summer months.