Members Weekly Newsletter 04-02-22

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Friday 4th February 2022

Like many of you I had some holidays planned, and paid for, in 2020 but these had to be

postponed - several times as it turned out - but now Fiona and I are finally managing to get

away on the break that we have been looking forward to for rather a long time. Therefore for the

next two weeks the newsletter will be in the very capable hands of Claire who will do her usual

wonderful job in looking after you all and keeping you informed of everything that happens at the

club and in the town.

I will be back at work from Monday 21st February and look forward to hearing from you all then.

Wilma Frew

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Wilma Anne Frew, a life member at Royal Dornoch. Wilma joined

the Club in 1971 and was a great supporter, always feeling that Dornoch was her ‘special place’. Wilma enjoyed

competing when she was here and was a regular in our ladies events and would often feature in the prizes. Wilma also

enjoyed the social aspect of the Club travelling up from their home in Oban with husband Ronnie (also a Life Member)

to take part in both our Life Member lunches (in 2018 and 2019). Wilma passed away suddenly but peacefully on 18th

January and her funeral will take place at Oban Parish Church on 15th February at 12 Noon. Cremation will take place

at Inverness Crematorium on 16th February at 1pm. Our thoughts are with Wilma’s family and her many friends at this


Annual Subscriptions

These are normally sent out around this time of year but as we are changing management software they will be sent

out during early March. Details of the subscription rates for 2022/23 are in the recent Winter Newsletter.

Winter Newsletter

On Thursday we sent out the Winter Newsletter. If you missed it then you can access the PDF version here, or the flip

book here.


Members Survey - Initial Feedback

Our recent survey asked members whether they were able to play as frequently as they wanted. Around half of the

membership were content with the number of rounds that they had played, which implies that around half were not

able to play as often as they wished. Analysing the factors associated with satisfaction with tee times, we found that

there was no significant difference by gender, length of membership or age group. Those living in the rest of the UK

or the USA/Canada were more content than those living in Scotland and Dornoch-based members in particular. Struie

members were also less likely to be concerned about tee time availability.

Last year was a particularly difficult year due to Covid, and this year will be particularly busy, with many tee times rolled

over from 2021. The Council of Management is actively considering specific changes to the tee sheet to make more

member times available in 2023. It is also considering whether constraints might be placed on the booking system to

make sure that the allocation of tee times is equitable. A number of suggestions were made in the text replies to this

section of the survey that will form part of this consideration.

Looking for New Wedges - Ask the Experts

With Titleist about to launch their new range of Vokey wedges tune into the Bob Vokey and Aaron Dill as they answer

the some of the questions we have all been wanting to ask. If that gets you excited about changing your wedges just

contact Gary Dingwall for a fitting session Gary@royaldornoch.com


As you know this season is going to be a very busy one and so we are going to need a lot of caddies to satisfy the

demand. If this is something that you would be interested in, whether full time during the season or just 1 or 2 days a

week, then please email caddiemaster@royaldornoch.com to register your interest. If you have caddied in previous

years then please also register your interest for this year.


2027 - 150 Years of the Golf Club

In 1877 the Dornoch Golf Club came into existence primarily through the vision and endeavours of Secretary John

Sutherland and the Club has never looked back since.

In 2027 Royal Dornoch Golf Club will celebrate 150 years. To commemorate this milestone a committee has been

formed to write a comprehensive illustrated history of the Club.

The Archive will have a central role in the project. It has accumulated valuable documents, objects, books and

memorabilia from the lifetime of the Club but there are gaps in our rich history. We are asking that if you have anything

that you think may help develop the Archive and add to the history of Royal Dornoch (for example see the photo at the

end of the newsletter) we would love to hear from you at Archive@royaldornoch.com.

Unraked bunker

I was rather disappointed to see that someone had played a bunker shot and made no attempt to rake or smooth the

marks they made afterwards. As you can see from the photo the rake was very close at hand. This was on the morning

of Sunday 30th January, barely 24 hours after the Championship Course had reopened. Hopefully we will not see this

repeated and our golfers will leave bunkers in the way they would wish to find them.

Scottish Golf North - Fixtures

You can access the Ladies fixtures here and the Gents fixtures here.


Member Properties Available

For Sale - 3 Bedroom Fractional Townhouse on golf resort in the Algarve, Portugal.

For Rent - 1 Bedroom flat in Dornoch.

You can read the full details of both of these on the For Sale of Exchange section of the Members Area of the website.

Social Events

I am delighted to say that with the relaxation of Covid restrictions we are going to run two social events to round off the

winter season.

On Saturday 26th February we will have the ever popular Curry Night. This will be run as a buffet and there will be 4

starters and 4 main courses for your to choose from - or you could have some of each, or even more of your favourites!

The price has been held at the 2020 level of £25 and, as always, you can use your Loyalty Card to receive the 10%


On Saturday 26th March we will have an Italian Night for which there will be more details nearer the time.

If you wish to book please contact the bar on 01862 810219 ext. 4 or catering@royaldornoch.com or in person.

Scottish Golf App

There have been some issues with the App recently and If, when you open the App, there is a message at the bottom

of the Home page which says “Golf Club Member?” just follow the simple instructions here to fix the problem,

Covid 19

Almost all the restrictions have been removed but there are still some in place:

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.

Clubhouse Bar & Catering

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


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


Pro Shop

The Pro Shop hours for February will be from 30 mins before the first tee time, and no later than 8.30am, to 4pm

7 days a week but may close earlier due to weather or playing numbers. Contact them on 01862 811924 or email



For February 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

Upcoming Club Events

• Sat 5th Feb - Whisky Stableford

• Sun 6th Feb - Sunday Roast CANCELLED

• Tues 8th Feb - Seniors Roll Up

• Thurs 10th Feb - Pro’s Stableford

• Sat 12th Feb - Whisky Stableford

• Sun 13th Feb - Sunday Roast

• Tues 15th Feb - Seniors Roll Up

• Thurs 17th Feb - Pro’s Stableford

• Fri 18th Feb - Pizza Night

• Sat 19th Feb - Whisky Stableford

• Sun 20th Feb - Sunday Roast

World Cancer Day - 4th February


Golf Courses

It’s been a mixed week of weather. The start of the week it was high winds and rain then we had snow on Friday

but thankfully it was slightly better in the middle of the week. With the conditions being poor it was time to start the

refurbishment of the course furniture in preparation for the start of the season. This involves lots of sanding down

and painting of markers, bins, yardage plates and benches. When the weather did break the team were back out on

the courses and we have now aerated the pathways on both courses and turfed any areas the machine may have

damaged. The turfing of pathways and areas on tees on the Struie Course has started. We continue to remove gorse

roots from the right of the 15th on the Championship Course and landscape the area to prepare it for turfing. The

greens on both courses have been sprayed with wetting agent and seaweed and the screening of sand and topressing


Play from Mats - When you see a mat, on the teeing ground or in a roped off area, you MUST use this for your shot.

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

Rakes - Please put rakes in the CENTRE of the bunker once you have exited and finished raking.

Pitchmarks - Please repair your own and any others that you see.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Golfing!

Neil D. Hampton, General Manager

Stay safe. Protect others. Save lives.

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