|Views of the Royal Dornoch from the 3rd tee.|
lifetime. From the pink sunrise that accompanied my journey from Tain, to the welcome in the clubhouse (thank you, Sean) to the walk onto the 3rd tee, when the ‘floor’ of the course opens below you, and you get to see so much of Royal Dornoch’s splendour.
Royal Dornoch ChampionshipI confess to being nervous on the 1st tee. When you play one of the ‘Top 10’ courses in the world, you become all arms and legs. I tried not to remember the fresh air on Royal County Down’s 1st tee, many years ago, with several people watching. At Dornoch, I had the advantage that no one was around to watch. I hit the ball fine but still lost it in the rough. And then three-putted the green. I'd been told how big, fast and treacherous the greens were, but they are beautiful creations, too. Enjoy that three-putt - if you don't get it close you could have over 30 yards of green to cover.
|The par four 5th (the par three 6th beyond, before you head up that|
path through the gorse)
|The par three 6th. 160 yards and index 9|
|A blind drive on the 8th... but what a view to greet you when you |
get to the brow.
Royal Dornoch Struie
|A panoramic view over the 10th green|
|The 15th - just to show the sort of bumps that flow over the courses|
|Not disimilar to the 8th, the par four 17th on the Championship course|
hits blind over a ridge before the hole shifts left