2014 is a huge year for golf in Scotland, as Gleneagles gets set to host the Ryder Cup on September 23-28. Golf fans from Europe, the United States and beyond will descend on the Perthshire course for the biannual competition that pits Europe’s finest golfers against their US counterparts.
Many travelers will use the Ryder Cup as an excuse to make a treasured extended trip to Scotland, the home of golf. With hotels in and around Gleneagles long booked-up by sponsors and media the smart golf fan is choosing to escape the circus and stay in one of the golfing heartlands within a couple of hours’ drive of the venue during – or before or after – the event.
Dornoch in the North Highlands – three hours drive north of Gleneagles – is preparing itself for the arrival of golfing pilgrims drawn to the town’s famous links. Royal Dornoch’s Championship Course was recently voted 6th on Golf Digest Magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, a leap up the rankings from the mid-teens but a justified one: as a leading and well-traveled international golf architect said to this author during a recent round at Royal Dornoch – “If there are five courses in the world better than this I haven’t seen them!”
Links House at Royal Dornoch enjoys a privileged position overlooking the famous links. Indeed only a perimeter wall separates the hallowed turf with the luxury country manor hotel that also boasts a practise putting green built and maintained by Royal Dornoch greenkeepers.
Links House would make a perfect base for those visiting Dornoch and the North Highlands either pre or post-Ryder Cup or even as a base from which to attend a single day of competition (or daily by helicopter). In addition to its enviable position overlooking Royal Dornoch’s links, Links House is within easy reach of Scottish Open venue, Castle Stuart Golf Links; The Nairn Golf Club; and The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle. All are within one hour’s drive of Dornoch, which also has the traditional links at Tain, Golspie and Brora on its doorstep – all are hidden gems.
Links House is the quintessential golfer’s hotel, boasting not just a practise putting green but a drying room & golf store and a golf concierge to help with all your golf travel and booking. But above all else, Links House is a great place to retreat to after a long day on the course. Eight large comfortable rooms with bathtubs and power showers await and the public rooms are replete with deep sofas, original artwork and a stunning golf art and antique collection. That’s not to mention the restaurant and food prepared using the finest local and seasonal ingredients by renowned young head chef, Darren Miranda. And after dinner it would be rude not to enjoy a good malt and cigar around the outdoor hearth as the late setting summer sun bathes the links and the bay beyond in warm light…
Links House is taking bookings for Summer 2014. To enquire about availability or exclusive use of Links House please call us on 01862 810279 or email email@example.com