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Royal Dornoch golf course named number one in world

The internationally renowned championship course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been named number one in the world by leading online golf reservation service, “golfscape”.

The course topped the list of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses 2020, compiled by an extensive panel of industry leaders.

The panel said of Royal Dornoch: “Bordering the Dornoch Firth, the classic links land will offer you nothing but wild magnificent seas, skies, and mountains with ancient grass covering the dunes.”

Golfscape’s list has eight Scottish courses, including the Old Course at St Andrews (ranked no 6) and the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry (15).

Royal Dornoch Golf Club general manager Neil Hampton said: “This is an amazing achievement and a great tribute to every club member who works hard to make our historic course a must-play venue for golfers today.”

“The quality of the course as well as our history, including our links to Donald Ross and Old Tom Morris, is a winning combination.”

The championship course has also been ranked no four in the world in Golf Digest’s new Top 100 courses outside the US, by a panel that includes more than 1700 North American golfers and more than 350 international players.

The panel said that Herbert Warren Wind (an American golf writer) called it the most natural golf course in the world. Tom Watson called it the most fun that he had had playing golf. Donald Ross called it home, having been born in the village and learned the game on the links.

In November, the championship course was ranked no 10 in GOLF magazine’s latest Top 100 Courses in the World list.

It was second only to St Andrews’ Old Course as the highest ranking of 13 Scottish courses to make the list and was the third highest ranked of the 30 courses in Great Britain and Ireland.