The Carnegie Golf Club at Skibo Castle - Carnegie Links Course
The course, designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, offers the golfer a rare opportunity to play a links course which remains firm and fast. It requires a broad repertoire of shots, not simply the modern style of aerial bombardment golf, and demands that any golfer, regardless of standard, is rewarded for thoughtful and skilful play rather than for power.
At 6,833 yards from the back tees, the course is not long by modern standards, but in a wind, it will test even the mightiest of players. Its varied layout takes the golfer past exceptionally rare wildlife habitats which have been carefully retained and protected and are now managed to ensure their future. Birdlife abounds and with the sea on three sides and the hills of Sutherland and Ross-shire all around, this course must have one of the finest settings in the world of golf.
|Red (W)||72||5465 yards|
|Blue M: 71.4/131||449||412||547||155||549||152||340||358||215||3177||504||471||429||151||556||215||421||304||557||3608||6785|
|Yellow M: 69.7/124||398||367||484||147||537||142||311||333||178||2897||472||418||397||145||500||189||407||267||515||3310||6207|
|Red W: 67.1/113||365||341||432||125||478||118||254||324||165||2602||422||371||342||112||461||153||345||215||442||2863||5465|
All you can handle on a windy day
To be honest, I didn't know much about Skibo Castle before I played there. A couple of my colleagues had teed it up there a number of years ago, but they didn't remember much about it. I was pleasantly surprised after playing a full round there. I thought there were several strong holes -- particularly the par-3 sixth and short par-4 seventh -- and the back nine is brutally difficult in a 25-mph wind. It's a fun course for a team match, and you can't beat the shot of scotch when you walk off the 18th green.
Don't overlook Royal Dornoch's beautiful neighbor
I played here five years ago and forgot how beautiful it is. That day was gray and windy and it was really a survival test. I didn't have time to take it all in.
This time, although windy and a little rainy, it was clear, which gave me a whole new appreciation for how great the course and the views are. The par 3s are terrific and it's a great walk.
The staff is great and the food is some of the best you'll find in the area. When in that area everyone wants to play Royal Dornoch (and rightfully so), but Skibo is only four miles away. Make it a priority.