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Driving just got easier for golfers at a world renowned  club which has installed a new fleet of electric golf cars.
Six new vehicles are now available for members and visitors at Royal Dornoch Golf Club following a deal with Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric golf cars.
Neil Hampton, General Manager at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, part of the Highland Golf Links partnership, said: “While Royal Dornoch is predominantly a walking course, we realise the importance of having a number of vehicles onsite to help ensure all of our visitors, including those who may not be able to walk the full 18 holes, are still able to enjoy one of Scotland’s best courses. 



Regularly getting favourable comments re the course!
"Royal Dornoch is absolutely fantastic. I have now played the course 5 times and it gets better every time. Stunning location, the views are fab and a very difficult golf course. Miss the fairways at your peril. Every single par 3 is a classic. I would single out the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th and 18th for special mention although every hole is great. The greens are excellent as is all of the course. Brilliant, just brilliant!! The best course outwith the Open Championship courses in the UK."
Posted by Paul Meikle on 04/11/2007


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Pro Shop
As you would expect the Pro Shop at Royal Dornoch is a hub of activity with golfers and shoppers all year long. Our Head PGA Professional since 1998, Andrew Skinner, is following in the family business as his father Willie was in charge for 25 years and is just the 9th professional since 1893. In the shop you will find logoed clothing and gifts to remind you of your visit as well as a large selection of clubs, bags, shoes, gloves and balls to help you play the game just a little bit better.
The Shop has its own dedicated website that will give you a wealth of information as well as allowing you to buy many things online, just click here - Royal Dornoch Pro Shop - to see for yourself.


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Alexander (Sandy Pipey) Matheson
ALEXANDER Sutherland Matheson died suddenly in Dornoch August 2010, a day before his 78th birthday.

Born and raised in Ospisdale and resident in the Dornoch area his entire life, he was known as Sandy to most of his clients, and Pipey to locals (his father was a piper.) He achieved considerable renown in the golfing world as a long-time caddy at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

After having many other jobs in his lifetime, his love of golf (and Royal Dornoch) led him to become a full-time caddy there in 1986, which he continued until poor health stopped him in 1999. During this time he caddied for many celebrities and most of the famous professionals who visited Royal Dornoch, including Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Darren Clarke and Nick Faldo. In a 1987 feature article on Royal Dornoch by the top US sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, Sandy was prominently highlighted in the text and appeared in three photographs. The article was credited with resurrecting interest in Royal Dornoch among American golfers. (photo of Sandy Pipey with Greg Norman)


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Gavin swaps the rugby pitch for the catwalk!
Gavin Hastings models the new tweed, alongside RDGC captain Hamish MacRae.

ROYAL Dornoch Golf Club launched a bespoke new tweed as part of its celebrations in the run-up to 2016 – the anniversary of 400 years of golf on the links at Dornoch.

And at the clubhouse to model the new Royal Dornoch tweed, was former Scottish rugby star Gavin Hastings, who is a keen golfer.
The 6ft 2ins, Edinburgh-born star wore a jacket made out of the tweed which features a broad check in the club’s house colours of emerald green and golden yellow with a touch of cerulean. The colours symbolise the blue of the sea and the sky and the green of the grass.
It was inspired by a traditional tweed design that dates back to the early 20th Century.
Club president Dennis Bethune revealed the club would be undertaking a series of celebrations leading up to 2016.

"Four hundred years of golf – I think that is quite something. That’s when the first written evidence of the game of golf dates back to and we are very proud of our history," he said.

Managing director of Hunter’s Tweed, Tamara Inness, presented the golf club with a framed section of tweed.
"It took us a long time to find a mill that would make it the way we wanted it made," she said.
Royal Dornoch tweed in only available through the pro shop at the golf club.201


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Royal Dornoch Golf Club Opens new Half Way House

Dornoch, Sutherland, 18 June, 2012: continued to invest in facilities ensuring they match the standard golfers expect from world championship courses, with the environmentally friendly Halfway House being officially opened by Mrs Alison S Burnett, a long standing member of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
Comments Mrs. Burnett.  “I was delighted when the committee and management agreed and am even more delighted when I see the sympathetic design that complements our natural links course.”

The stunning Halfway House is situated behind the ninth green, with views back over the first 9 holes of the Royal Dornoch Championship Course and the Dornoch Firth in the background.  

The halfway house consists of two toilets, with secure entry pad system for use by golfers on the course and a service area that will provide refreshments and snacks on competition days and as required throughout the 2012 season.
General Manager Neil Hampton added that Royal Dornoch endeavours to use locally-based companies where possible and the level of design and craftsmanship from JS Gunn of Dornoch, Richard MacKenzie in Tain worked well in creating the vision of Inverness based architects Neil Sutherland.



22  August

Royal Dornoch Celebrates 100 Years of Shield

The Carnegie Shield is Royal Dornoch’s most prestigious open golf competition and it has celebrated its 100th outing with seven enthralling days of golf. The Shield itself, one of the oldest trophies in golf, was donated to the club by the world renowned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.

It is a large silver shield that boasts beautiful engravings of the Dornoch Cathedral, Skibo Castle and the Bishops Palace, (now the Castle Hotel) in Dornoch.

The competition is a true test of golfing prowess open to all gentlemen golfers, seniors and club golfers with a handicap less than 21 and juniors with a handicap of 4 or less.

In total, 14 past winners took part, including Jim Millar (70) who holds the present record of 10 wins, helping make up the field of 270 competitors.

The centenary competition proved to be as dramatic as many events with local golfer and past winner Christopher (Chippie) Mailley, winning ahead of American golfer Trey Wilkinson of Champions Club, Texas.

The Carnegie Shield is one of the oldest open amateur competitions, starting in 1901 with only the two world wars preventing play. The competition also includes the Silver Medal which is the oldest club prize dating back to 1878 and this is presented to the Royal Dornoch club member with the lowest scratch score total in qualifying rounds.

The EC Fraser Cup and The Davidson Trophy are also available for the Higher and Lower handicap golfers respectively.

Mailley added to the occasion by summing up his win as “very, very special”. He went on to add: “The start of the week was not great with an 81 in the first qualifying round, but I was off to a good start today, a bit up and down, my putting was crucial and I managed to hold my nerve.

“It is extremely special to win the 100th playing competition of the Carnegie Shield.”



Royal Dornoch World Ranking

Championship Course ranked No.6 in the world and No.1 in Scotland by Golf Digest 2014.

PhD Studentship -  extract from blog – Nov 2014
"My name is Wade Cormack. I am the post-holder of the Royal Dornoch PHD Studentship at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Centre for History. In my blog I will discuss my research as it unfolds as I investigate the history of early-modern sport and physical education in northern Scotland."



UHI and Royal Dornoch tee up golf professional degree
22 January

Scotland's first degree course for aspiring golf professionals will be made available later this year.
The BA honours qualification is a joint initiative by the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Sutherland and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).The four-year degree will teach students about performance, coaching and equipment.

Jack Nicklaus, the winner of a record 18 major championships, has praised the creation of the new qualification.The American golfer said: "Royal Dornoch has such a rich history in the landscape of golf, but it also has a legacy in the development of the game, shaping both the next generation of golfers and the next generation of designers.degree programme.

Available from September, the course will be based at the Dornoch campus of North Highland College UHI.
To be eligible for the studies, students must have a current golf handicap of 4.4 or lower for men and 6.4 or lower for ladies.
Former European Tour golfer and 2006 PGA trainee Rookie of the Year, Lesley Mackay, has taken up a lecturing role with UHI.  
She will be directly involved in the development and delivery of the new degree programme



Tartan and 400 years

couple 2Dornoch, Sutherland, 29 September 2015: To continue the build up to the Celebration of 400 years of Golf in Dornoch, Royal Dornoch Golf Club is launching an exclusive Tartan range.  Inspired by the world class courses and surrounding landscape, the original pattern was created by Frasier Waters (12) at Dornoch Academy, in 2012.

Since the initial design, the Club have worked hard with textile specialists, clothing designers and world recognised brands, including Lochcarron, Donald Ross Sportswear and Tain Pottery, to ensure the heritage and provenance of the world renowned club is woven into every item of the unique tartan.  It is clear that they have taken as much pride in every product that incorporates the Royal Dornoch Tartan as they do with every hole, green and fairway on the Championship course.

The President of Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dennis Bethune, said “We are all looking forward to the celebrations in 2016 and with the new Royal Dornoch Tartan range I’m sure we will all cut a dash at the many events we are looking forward to hosting.”
All the present range of Royal Dornoch Tartan clothes and gifts are embroidered with the 400 year logo to add an extra exclusivity and unique appeal to the range.  Royal Dornoch will expand the range over the year to incorporate an appealing and wide selection of golf and gift wear.

Rob Stein, CEO and President of Donald Ross Sportswear comments “It has been a great pleasure working with Royal Dornoch to develop the Royal Dornoch Tartan Sportswear, the synergy and connection between the club and ourselves has been superb.  Our clothing and reputation is based on style, performance and reputation, Dornoch born golf course Architect, Donald J. Ross, had a recognizable style and assurance about himself that we believe we have captured, and with this new tartan range, if he was around today he would definitely be seen on the course and around the town in the Royal Dornoch Tartan golf wear.”

Royal Dornoch Tartan products are exclusively available online and in the Club shop from 1st October 2015, at www.RoyalDornochTartan.com.  The site, products and shipping are all handled personally by Royal Dornoch Golf Club, ensuring the same level of customer services and care is made for each purchase, as you would expect when visiting the club.  Offering worldwide shipping the Royal Dornoch Tartan is available to all our visitors and those who wish to celebrate a connection with the club across the globe.