The ONLY reason Royal Dornoch is not ranked as THE best course in the world is because it is more than a chore to get all the way up to Dornoch. The setting on the beach is beautiful, the layout of the holes is superb, the condition of the course is immaculate, and the rough, gorse and traps make the course unbearably difficult. Royal Dornoch is as good as it gets for true Championship-quality links golf.
A very enjoyable experience. The course is great to walk. The views, all around are beautiful. Beware of Number 2 - a short par 3, with a tight out-of-bounds, on the left. All the other 17 holes are somewhat forgiving. Number 19 is an automatic birdie.