Celebrate Donald Ross at Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Image: Royal Dornoch Golf Club)

Royal Dornoch numbers among the world’s top-ranked links. (Image: Royal Dornoch Golf Club)

Scotland’s acclaimed Royal Dornoch Golf Club is set to pay tribute to the town’s most famous son with the inaugural Donald Ross Invitational Tournament in October.

Ireland-based Carr Golf Travel will host the inaugural Donald Ross Invitational Tournament at Scotland’s renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Oct. 8 to 12.

With rates starting from $3,425(US) per person, the two-person team competition includes three rounds at Royal Dornoch, rated No. 5 by Golf Digest in its World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list, as well as a practice round at nearby Brora Golf Club, home of the James Braid Golfing Society.

Entry to the tourney also includes luxury accommodations, welcome reception and dinner, daily breakfast and lunch, gift bags and souvenirs, airport transfers, local transportation and concierge service (both pre-trip and during the event).

Royal Golf Hotel (Image: Royal Golf Hotel)

Royal Golf Hotel is located just off Royal Dornoch’s first tee. (Image: Royal Golf Hotel)

A highlight among the social events planned is a presentation by golf course architecture writer Bradley Klein, author of “Discovering Donald Ross” and winner of the Donald Ross Award. There will also be a gala dinner and entertainment at the Royal Golf Hotel, located just off the famous course’s first tee.

Born in the town of Dornoch in 1872, Ross emigrated to America in 1899 and became one of the world’s most influential course designers. Noted Ross designs include Pinehurst No. 2, Aronimink Golf Club, East Lake Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, Oak Hill Country Club, Inverness Club and Oakland Hills Country Club. More than 100 U.S. national championships have been played on his courses.

Ross developed his passion for golf while playing Royal Dornoch as a boy. Dornoch’s routing and use of raised putting surfaces was a major influence on his roughly 400 design projects. Ross was a founding member and the first president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977.

To register for the Donald Ross Tournament, email enquiries@carrgolf.com, visit www.carrgolf.com, or call 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free).