The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle

5-star : simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.
   The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle Est. 1994

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The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle: this revered name amongst Scottish golf courses, has until now been almost impossible to play ... unless you knew a member. Once the exclusive preserve of its wealthy international clientele, the Carnegie Club now offers limited access to play on its Links, to non-members of the Club. Two four-ball public tee-times are now available on weekdays during the summer months.

Under the guidance of its current owners, Skibo Castle (and the Carnegie Club) reflects both the style and the ideals of its original owner - Andrew Carnegie. If you make it onto the tee-sheet, you'll find an excellently maintained and presented course, with its links-golf credentials underscored by rolling dune-lined fairways, deep pot bunkers and plenty of gorse and heather.

Several holes on the Carnegie Links follow the shoreline of Dornoch Firth, affording magnificent views along the Firth and onto the surrounding Ross-shire hills and moorland. On the north-side of the course the holes run alongside Loch Evelix, and the river of the same name. Undoubtedly one of the finest courses in the north of Scotland ... and less than five miles up the road is majestic Royal Dornoch.

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The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle
Skibo Castle,
Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3RQ
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Office   +44 (0)1862 894 600
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1862 894 660

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
Surroundings: Coastal duneland (Dornoch Firth), riverside (Loch and River Evelix) and open moorland.
Designer: Donald Steel (a coincidence that Andrew Carnegie made his fortune in steel!).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6833 6207 5465
Par 71 71 72
SSS or Slope 74.2 71.4 73.4
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How2Get There?

40 miles N of Inverness
From Inverness take the A9 direction Wick. After Tain and Glen Morangie cross over the Dornoch Firth bridge. After o.5 mi turn left, direction Meikle Ferry. After 1 mi turn right at green sheds, and follow road to Skibo Castle.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes (mid-May thru' early Oct only): £300, includes use of a locker, practice facilities, half-way house, three-course lunch at the Skibo Clubhouse (excl alcohol) and a memento gift bag. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
The Carnegie Links (a facility of the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle), now offers a limited number of public tee times, with two four-balls available Monday to Friday from mid-May to early-October.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times.

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Did you know?

Skibo Castle is the home of the Carnegie Club, one of the world’s most exclusive private clubs, named after the celebrated philanthropist and steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. At the turn of the 20th century, Carnegie was the richest man in the world. He chose Skibo Castle as his country retreat, in the land of his birth.

The 8,500 acre estate is as stunning today as it was a century ago and the castle, imposing yet comfortable, enables guests to feel at home straight away. The name "Skibo" is Norse in origin, dating back to the 9th century, when the Vikings arrived from Norway and settled here.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 27th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (57.857768)
Longitude: (-4.119186)
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Skibo Castle 5-star +
Skibo Castle, Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3RQ
+44 (0)1862 894 600

Skibo Castle is a private residence only open to members of the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle. The 21 castle bedrooms are of generous proportions and retain many of the original Edwardian features. Furnished in comfortable traditional style, each bedroom has a character of its own, and all enjoy views over the estate.

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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Tain; Royal Dornoch; Golspie; Brora
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Dornoch Castle Hotel 3-star
Castle Street, Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3SD
+44 (0)1862 810 216

Steeped in Scottish history and fascinating legends, the 15th century Dornoch Castle Hotel firmly stands its ground opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral. Set in private and beautifully manicured gardens.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Royal Dornoch (Championship & Struie courses)
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Golf within 20 miles Golspie; Brora; Tain; Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle.
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