Under A Dornoch Moon
Like most parts of Scotland these days, the Royal Burgh of Dornoch has reached superstar status. With the brand new Coul Link on the horizon due to open in a couple of years, popularity will only increase. The town seems to be rising and responding to the call. The new Courthouse facility had the best salad we’ve had in years with service to match and a tour of The Whisky with Michael is one of the best, due to his consummate experience and enthusiasm. You must keep in mind, I’m a Scotsman and not used to good service in Scotland. Things are definitely on the up.
We stayed in Links House which is delightful but I still enjoy the Royal Golf overlooking the 1st and 18th fairways. There are few hotels better placed. And the staff at the Royal are exceptional. As is the whisky. If you want 5-star plus and you can get a reservation, go for Links House but if you’re plump for The Royal Golf.
I took a walk down to the beach to do some evening photography. It was beautiful. I walked back to the carpark and two ladies seemed to be getting excited, I thought as I approached. But it wasn’t me, I turned to see a magnificent full moon rising out of the Dornoch Firth.
Unbelievably the forecast is for sun. It's 6.30am and the rain's pounding down on the van roof like a Ginger Baker solo. Last night I took a walk along the beach at sunset to do some 'arty' shots of the sand and water and up pops the full moon, straight out of the North Sea. Absolutely stunning!
So today we'll tee up at Dornoch, a worthy test that I always enjoy. It's always worth coming those extra miles to sample the best course in Scotland never to have hosted an Open. And here comes the sun.