DORNOCH, Scotland, Golf Course
Dornoch Golf Club
Golf has been played on the Dornoch course since 1616 (only St. Andrews and Leith can claim greater antiquity) and 'Old' Tom Morris had a hand in the early design of the present course.
It was a man from Dornoch, Donald Ross, born in Dornoch in 1872,
who emigrated to America and became one of the greatest golf course architects
of all time. He designed more than five hundred golf courses in the USA (including
the famous Pinehurst No.2 Course and the Seminole Course in Florida). Ross learned
much from Royal Dornoch, and by worked closely in his early days with John Sutherland.
He included features reminiscent of Royal Dornoch in many of the courses he
designed in America
Over the years many of the world's top golfers have made the pilgrimage north to Royal Dornoch and many return year after year.
Undoubtedly Dornoch would have hosted the Open Championship if it had been closer to UK population centres
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