Exceptional Local Links Courses
In addition to Royal Dornoch's 2 links courses, there are another 6 of Scotland's finest seaside links courses just minutes away. And soon nearby, Coul Links, a Mike Keiser and CooreCrenshaw masterpiece.
Brora Golf Club
Brora Golf Club is located a short 20-minute drive north of Links House. Founded in 1891, with an initial nine-hole layout designed by Old Tom Morris, Brora was revised at the turn of the century to an 18-hole layout by John Sutherland, the legendary Secretary at Royal Dornoch. In 1924 James Braid (five-time Open Champion) was invited to review the Brora layout and his suggested changes remain largely unaltered to this day. Brora, like nearby Golspie, is in the North Berwick, Prestwick vernacular of wonderful, historic seaside links.
Five-time Open champion Peter Thomson stated Brora was “the best traditional links course in the world, and certainly Braids finest”.
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Carnegie Golf Links – Exceptional private members course
Billionaire Andrew Carnegie commissioned Royal Dornoch’s Secretary, John Sutherland to build a private nine-hole links course in 1898 on his estate at Skibo Castle. The Skibo Estate is now an exceptional private members-only club, with its own world-class 18-hole course. Updated in 2016, and always private, Carnegie Links is renown as among the finest links courses in Scotland. Links House architect James Maxwell was retained to design a club house of exceptional class and quality modeled after an old farm steading, whilst more recent improvements to the course have advanced The Carnegie Links into the realm of true Scotland Classic.
Castle Stuart – Home of the Scottish Open
Castle Stuart Golf Links, located less than one mile from Inverness Airport and only 45 minutes from Links House, is a remarkable new links golf course with expansive, mesmerizing views over the Moray Firth. Co-designed by Americans Mark Parsinen (also designed Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse, Castle Stuart is immediately a Highland Classic having hosted the Scottish Open from 2011 through 2013.
Like all the Classics, wind can be friend or foe at Castle Stuart perhaps. The first three holes on each nine hug the coastline often one downwind and the other upwind. The rest of the course rests cleverly atop a plateau with every green appearing to hang over the edge of the sea. The 3rdhole is an absolutely perfectly designed links-style par-4 with an elevated vanishing green set behind a labyrinth of strategically placed bunkers. If the prevailing winds are strong, it is drivable however the risk reward is vexing. Not surprisingly, Andrew Ross and Craig Morrison’s placed #3 at Castle Stuart in their 2010 book 18 Greatest Scottish Golf Holes.
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Tain Golf Club – An Old Tom Morris Classic
Tain Golf Club is nine miles south of Links House in the quaint Royal Burgh of Tain. Old Tom Morris designed the initial 15-hole layout in 1890. However, in 1911, Royal Dornoch Secretary and Tain Member, John Sutherland expanded it to 18 holes. As testament to Old Tom Morris’s insightful green sculpting, Sutherland left unaltered eleven of Morris initial green complexes, which are still in use today. Like Brora and in classic Highland understatement, Tain is referred to as a “traditional” links course meaning it has an agrarian, no-frills approach. These courses are particularly well suited for the dominant game played in Scotland, match play.
Tain’s location is an ideal setting with simply stunning views out over the Dornoch Firth. Travel to Tain requires a drive through Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh first granted royal charter in 1066 and home to the famous Glenmorangie distillery, opened the same year Links House was built 1843.
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Golspie Golf Club – A Brilliant James Braid Classic
Golspie Golf Club is located just 9 miles north of Links House, beautifully set along the stunning beaches of the Dornoch Firth. Initially founded in 1889 as the Sutherland Golfing Society, by The Marquis of Stafford from nearby Dunrobin Castle, Golspie Golf Club was then enhanced by Royal Dornoch’s long-time, renowned Secretary John Sutherland. In 1925 James Braid provided a brilliant design for the course including the expansion of the course to 18 holes. The course is essentially unchanged since. Golspie’s seaside position under the watchful eye of Ben Bhraggie, the massive statue of George Levenson-Gower, the 1st Duke of Sutherland, is an ideal locale for a links course. Like Brora, Golspie is in the North Berwick, Prestwick vernacular of historic links, yet Golspie rightfully boasts the finest greens in the Highlands.
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Brilliant Walker and Curtis Cup Venue
The Nairn Golf Club is located just one hour’s drive from Links House along the beautiful Moray Firth with expansive views our over The Black Isle and Easter Ross. Founded in 1887, Nairn began with an initial design by Archie Simpson from Royal Aberdeen and subsequently enhanced by Old Tom Morris. Twenty years on, the five times Open Champion James Braid (and the first to break 70 here with a 69 in 1901) altered tees, bunkers and recreated new greens of singular subtlety. Additional enhancements were provided over the years by Ben Sayers of North Berwick, Braid again and C. K. Cotton.
Nair Golf Club – Archie Simpson, Old Tom Morris and James Braid
Nairn’s layout is in classic links 9-out, 9-in fashion. However, with few of the large dunes common to other Highland Classics, the sea dominates play. Braid’s efforts complemented already narrow fairways and razor sharp greens. In fact, the Club is fond of boasting theirs are the fastest in the Highlands. The Nairn Golf Club has been ranked No. 9 in the list of the Top 100 Courses in Scotland. It has hosted a number of important championships and events including the 1999 Walker Cup played reminiscently to the riveting 2012 Ryder Cup, with the Americans taking a early lead after day one of 7-5, after which Great Britain and Ireland rallied to destroy the Americans 15-9. Nairn has also hosted the 1994 British Amateur, numerous Scottish Amateurs for both Men and Ladies and the Curtis Cup in 2012.
New Links Golf Course Being Evaluated at Coul Links, Scotland
Golf course developer Michael Keiser, owner of Links House at Royal Dornoch Todd Warnock, and the owners of Coul Farm, Dornoch have launched a feasibility study to evaluate a potential new golf course on the Coul Links at Embo, Sutherland. Coul Links is located 3 miles north of Royal Dornoch Golf Club along the Dornoch Firth at Loch Fleet.
Golf course architects, Coore Crenshaw have been retained and conducted preliminary analysis of the proposed site. The group has also conducted initial discussions with Highland Council and Scottish Natural Heritage and has agreed to launch an assessment of the economic and environmental issues related to the proposed project. Highlands & Islands Enterprise are helping to facilitate discussions. At this point no conclusions whatsoever have been drawn in respect of the potential project. The group plans to spend several months in feasibility mode, during which there will be a process of public consultation and a further announcement will be made when appropriate.
Mr. Keiser is the owner and developer of several award winning golf course developments including Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon USA, Barnbougle Dunes Golf Resort in Tasmania, Australia and and Cabot Links Golf Resort in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mr. Warnock is the owner of 5-star boutique hotel, Links House at Royal Dornoch, and a new retail project, Carnegie Courthouse, both located in Dornoch, Scotland. Royal Dornoch Golf Course is currently ranked #1 in Scotland and #6 in the World by Golf Digest magazine.
You can find out a little more about Mike Keiser in this video from The Golf Channel.
LINKS GOLF IN THE HIGHLANDS
The Greatest Stretch of Seaside Links Courses in the World
Links House at Royal Dornoch
We are proudly located on the 1st tee of Royal Dornoch with another 5 of Scotland's finest seaside links courses just minutes away.
Brora Golf Club
Brora Golf Club is located a short 20 minute drive north of Links House. Founded in 1891, with an initial nine-hole layout designed by Old Tom Morris, Brora was revised at the turn of the century to an 18-hole layout by John Sutherland, the legendary Secretary at Royal Dornoch.
Golspie Golf Club
Golspie Golf Club - A hidden yet brilliant James Braid Classic - The perfect compliment to Royal Dornoch
Nairn Golf Club
Nairn Golf Club - Brilliant Walker and Curtis Cup Venue
Royal Dornoch is ranked #1 in Scotland, #2 in the World
Tain Golf Club
Tain Golf Club - An Old Tom Morris Classic
Castle Stuart Golf Links
Castle Stuart Home of the Scottish Open
The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle
The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle - Exclusive and Special
New Links Golf Course Being Evaluated at Coul Links, Scotland
LINKS HOUSE EXPERIENCES
Bespoke Highland Adventures
Shooting & Stalking
Scotland has a long tradition of country sport pursuits. Stalking and various forms of gamebird shoots are easily arranged by our Manager of Highland Experiences.
The North Highlands region is the premier Fly-Fishing location in the UK and Links House is fortunate to be in close proximity to some of the most attractive and productive salmon rivers as well as trout lochs in Scotland.
Hiking & Biking
Links House has an active Hiking & Biking programme to meet the needs of varying levels of fitness and motivation!