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Friday 3rd December 2021

Once again this week I have a winter snow scene outside my window which has stopped anyone

from playing and also lessens the footfall in the clubhouse. I do hope that the weather will

improve as we approach Christmas and allow the many people who come to Dornoch at that time

to enjoy the courses.

Many thanks to all those who braved the rather chilly, snowy and slippy conditions last Saturday

to attend the Annual Prize Giving. It was great to have a reasonably full clubhouse and recognise

all the successes of the year just past. We managed a full season of events (unlike 2020) and so the

prize table was resplendent with shiny trophies once again. The honours boards have also been

updated so there are names in gold for those that won the major titles.

Donald McCulloch

Sadly Donald died earlier this week. He was 94 years old and a member for over 50 years. A Dornoch resident all

his life he was a regular golfer who played to a reasonable standard but is probably best known for being the local

police sergeant and keeping some of our current officials in line! Our thoughts and condolences go to all his family and

friends.

Neil Regan

Very suddenly and unexpectedly Neil passed away this week at the age of only 65. He was a member at Winged Foot,

Ballybunion and Royal Portrush and his application for membership of Royal Dornoch had just been approved. Our

thoughts and condolences go to all his family and friends.

Pizza Takeaway - Sat 4th December

Just a reminder that for this week only the Pizzas are available on Saturday night (not Friday) and so you can still order

one up until 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon. You do that by calling the bar 01862 810219 ext. 4 or popping in to see

them during the day. You can see what is available here.

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Struie Toilets

Due to the drop in temperature these are now CLOSED.

Live Music - Sat 11th December

As we move into the Christmas Season why not come along and enjoy a bit of dancing and letting your hair down in

the Clubhouse. We have a members private dinner in the backroom and they have paid for Stevie Rebel to play his

great mix of old and new cover versions and everyone is welcome to join in with the party.

Junior Christmas Poster Competition

Unfortunately last weekend our juniors, like the rest of us, couldn’t get out on the course to play but rather than just

watch the TV or play their Xbox Gary Dingwall set them the task of designing a poster to promote the Christmas Junior

Event. The entries were terrific and gave the judges, Willie Mackay (Captain) and Colin Mackay (Junior Convenor), a

bit of a headache in deciding who the winners were but we are all delighted to let you know that the 1st Prize went to

Freddie Gruber. You view see Freddie’s poster and all the others here.

Pizza Nights

Due to some Christmas party/dinner bookings it is not possible to provide Pizzas every week so they will be available

on the following dates: Friday 17th December, Friday 7th January and then every fortnight from then on. We will send

out an email at the start of each week that the Pizzas will be available.

What’s on in Dornoch

Saturday 4th December is the Dornoch Christmas Festival with Outdoor Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green

from 10am to 2pm, St Andrew’s Fair in the Social Club from 10am to 4pm, a Christmas Fair in the Dornoch Hub and

the Christmas lights go on.

Covid 19

Even though we are “Beyond Level 0” of Lockdown you MUST still book a tee time, check in with the Pro Shop and

start from the 1st hole as Track and Trace remains mandatory for everyone.

Signing in is still mandatory in the Clubhouse and you can do this using the NHS Scotland App or by writing your name,

phone number and time of arrival on the sheets provided. Please remember to CHECK OUT/SIGN OUT when you

leave the Clubhouse as failure to do this may result in you being contacted by the NHS for track and trace purposes if a

case is identified on the day you were in the Clubhouse whether you were in the building at that time or not.

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Sunday Roast

The first three Sundays have seen some good turnouts with many people enjoying the food that Brian and his team are

producing. It is also wonderful to have a buzz about the clubhouse which we hope will be the start of things to come as

we move into 2022.

To help Brian plan for Sundays if you are able to book ahead that would be great and the front of house team will be

ready for your arrival. You can still come along on the spur of the moment as there will always be enough to go round.

Course Condition Updates

With the thought of the colder weather approaching and the prospect that the Championship Course may be closed

due to frost or snow, or that buggies may not be allowed, then our team will be posting on the dedicated Twitter channel

to keep you all informed. You can follow us here @RDCourseStatus and you can also see the feed on the Home page

of the website.

Upcoming Club Events

• Sat 4th Dec - Whisky Stableford; Ladies Christmas Event (Struie); Pizza Night

• Sun 5th Dec - Sunday Roast

• Tues 7th Dec - Seniors Christmas Stableford and Lunch

• Thurs 9th Dec - Pro’s Stableford

• Sat 11th Dec - Whisky Stableford; Live Music with Stevie Rebel

• Sun 12th Dec - Sunday Roast

• Tues 14th Dec - Seniors Roll Up

• Thurs 16th Dec - Pro’s Stableford

• Fri 17th Dec - Pizza Night

• Sat 18th Dec - Whisky Stableford

• Sun 19th Dec - Sunday Roast

• Thurs 23rd Dec - Pro’s Stableford

• Sat 25th Dec - Courses CLOSED and Clubhouse CLOSED

• Sun 26th Dec - Sunday Roast

• Thurs 30th Dec - Pro’s Stableford Christmas Special

• Sat 1st Jan 2022 - Clubhouse CLOSED

• Sun 2nd Jan - East of the Burn v West of the Burn

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Office Hours

For December the office opening hours will be 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. It is still closed to visitors so please

contact them on 01862 810219 or bookings@royaldornoch.com

Clubhouse Bar & Catering

Winter Hours of Service:

Bar - 10am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday.

Catering - Closed Monday and Tuesday; 10am to 4pm Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday; 10am to 6pm on Friday and

Saturday.

Please note that the clubhouse may close earlier than these times if there are no customers.

Pro Shop

The pro shop hours for December will be from the first tee time to 4pm 7 days a week but may close earlier due to

weather or playing numbers. Contact them on 01862 811924 or email proshop@royaldornoch.com. The online store is

available for you to make purchases here and to get your members discount you have to register on the site but please

note that verification may take a day or two.

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Golf courses

Well winter has finally hit the courses! With frost, snow, wind and rain it’s not been the best week to be working

outdoors but as normal the team has persevered to get things done. On the Championship Course the team have

nearly completed the bunker revetting on the 10th and started the ones on top of the hill on the 17th. The greens have

been micro tined which is done to relieve compaction and help the water percolate through the surface as quick as

possible so when the snow melts this should help dry out the surfaces quicker. Following the tining they were then

rolled to smooth the surfaces for play. We continue to turf weak any worn areas on fairways. The revetting on the bank

of the 8th tee is in the process of being redone. On the Struie course we continue to aerate the greens with the Air2G2

air injection machine. This breaks up the soil profile under the surface giving the roots of the grass plant room to grow

in the air pockets it makes. The turfing of weak areas on the greens surrounds also continues. After a few stormy days

the coastal erosion fencing on the 10th on the Struie Course took a battering so the team has replaced the damaged

sections, built up the bank with sand and planted Marrum grass to help stabilise it. With the snow covering the course

we also turned our attention to areas of bushes that need to be removed or cut back. We have also started removing all

bushes in the dunes on the sea side of the course and trimming sides of pathways.

Please note that the winter greens have been marked on the Struie Course so please treat them as Ground Under

Repair

Play from Mats - When you see a mat on a teeing ground then you MUST use this for your tee shot.

Bunkers - We have reinstated the Preferred Lie local rule for the time being.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Golfing!

Neil D. Hampton, General Manager

Stay safe. Protect others. Save lives.

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