New clubhouse back on agenda at Royal Dornoch

New clubhouse back on agenda at Royal Dornoch

Artist’s impression of the new clubhouse planned for Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Image: Keppie Design)

Members of Royal Dornoch Golf Club have laid the foundations for a new £13.9 million clubhouse after voting in favour of the project last week.

The proposals went on hold when the pandemic struck but a Special General Meeting held at Dornoch Academy on Thursday evening backed a project designed to make the most of panoramic views of the historic links.

The current clubhouse dates to the early years of the 20th century and has been extended in piecemeal fashion over the years.

With the club counting down to its milestone 150th anniversary in 2027, men’s captain Professor David Bell has welcomed members’ support for a development which will provide Royal Dornoch with facilities to match the world-class reputation of its Championship Course.

Penned by Keppie Design, the 2040 square metre development – which will be 600 square metres bigger than the current footprint – was put on hold until a fuller picture emerged of the club’s finances in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

While the membership previously approved the blueprint for a new clubhouse on land near the first tee and 18th fairway, and planning consent was secured last year, the vote moves the project forward, with a start date on an 18-month build likely to be confirmed within the next few weeks.

Professor Bell has stressed golf on the Championship Course will not be impacted by building work.

“A new and more spacious environmentally friendly clubhouse will enhance the overall Royal Dornoch experience,” said Professor Bell.

“Our Championship Course regularly features high on lists of the world’s top 10 and while we enjoy a fine reputation for our food offering and hospitality, we know that the existing clubhouse is less than ideal for members, our many visitors and our staff.

“When international travel went on hold and supply chains were clogged up by the pandemic, it was wise to put our plans on hold.

“But tireless members of the project team seized the opportunity to refine the design with the architects and engineers.

“The sandstone building designed by Scottish architects Keppie will reflect the standing of the golf course and make the most of the incredible all-round views we enjoy over the links and the Dornoch Firth from a spacious and adaptable first-floor lounge.

“Finishes throughout will be to the highest standards and ensure energy efficiency that is sadly lacking in our current clubhouse.

“As a native of Dornoch, I have always been aware of the key role the clubhouse plays in the life of the town and the wider community. Rest assured, that won’t change.

“We are determined to deliver a clubhouse that will stand the test of time and match the quality of the Championship Course.

“Our golf courses have evolved down the years and this clubhouse will provide a legacy for generations to come. “In 2027 we will be hosting clubs from around the world to share in our 150th celebrations. It will be wonderful to welcome our guests to a fine new clubhouse.”

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