THE Royal Dornoch Golf Club recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony, symbolising the commencement of a £13.9 million project to construct a new clubhouse adjacent to the first tee of its iconic Championship Course. The ambitious 18-month endeavour aims to replace the existing clubhouse, which, having opened its doors in 1908, has undergone incremental expansions over the decades.
This significant undertaking comes on the heels of long-standing discussions about updating the clubhouse to contemporary standards that befit the esteemed status of the club in the world of golf. The green light for this progressive development was given by club members during a special general meeting held in the autumn.
Men’s captain, Professor David Bell CBE, led the ceremony, flanked by Ladies captain Wilma Murray and Juniors captain Kieran Allan. Professor Bell marked the beginning of this transformative journey by cutting the first turf with an engraved silver shovel, underscoring the symbolic importance of the occasion.
The project, situated near the historic first tee of the Championship Course, is more than just a structural enhancement; it embodies a 30-year journey for a clubhouse that aligns with the prestigious success dating back to 1877. Professor Bell expressed gratitude, stating, “Thanks to our volunteers within the club who have made this 30-year quest a reality.”
The club is collaborating with Morrison Construction, a company with roots in Tain, and Alison Muirhead, Construction Director, joined the ceremony along with other key figures such as Mike Ross (Project Director), Alan Ramsey (Club President), Cath MacAngus (Chair of Dornoch and District Community Council), Paddy Murray (Immediate Past Chair), and Donald McLachlan (Managing Director, Morrison Construction).
Professor Bell highlighted the anticipation surrounding the Keppie Design plans, bringing the new clubhouse from the drawing board to reality. “Royal Dornoch is counting down to our 150th anniversary in 2027, and we are all looking forward to welcoming guests to our new clubhouse from around the world to join the celebrations,” he remarked.
Importantly, steps have been taken to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of golf on the renowned Championship Course throughout the construction phase. The club aims to complete this transformative project before its landmark 150th-anniversary celebration, promising a state-of-the-art facility.