Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle
Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3RQ
Tel : +44(0) 1862 894 600 Fax : +44(0) 1862 894 600

'Heaven on earth', was how Andrew Carnegie described Skibo - his glorious Highland Castle and Estate which is now home to The Carnegie Club.

The Carnegie Club recreates the Skibo of Carnegie time, providing members with a unique and private refuge for the hectic world. Our members an guests are treated as a house guest of a great sporting estate of the Edwardian era, when service and style were indeed special. Food and accommodation are of a standard so rarely found today and the best of the classic sporting pursuits are available, together with a wide variety of other year round activities.

The Estate, of some 7,500 acres, is enchantingly beautiful, very private and yet close to Inverness. Skibo is an ideal base for sight seeing and the best of the highlands and Islands are within easy reach. The Castle forms the principle clubhouse with magnificent reception rooms. Accommodation is both in the Castle and the delightful original Carnegie lodges. Original furniture and Carnegie memorabilia provide an historical and nostalgic atmosphere of the grand Edwardian era. The Estate is in two parts; the scenic moors. Deer forests and lochs which open out onto the wild and dramatic 'flow-country' of Sutherland and Caithness. The Castle is striking set in beautiful landscape grounds and wonderful mature parklands that sweeps down to the Dornoch Firth. The park around the Castle has an abundance of wildlife including deer, otter, osprey and many more.

Take the A9 north from Inverness, turn left off the A9 at Clashmore, entrance 1/4 mile along the road.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 25 Feb 99.
Available on the Estate are salmon and trout fishing, falconry and clay pigeon shooting also riding, tennis, walking, canoeing, bird watching, billiards, archery, croquet, indoor golf practice, falconry and four wheel-drive. For more information on Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle see

Course Details

Course Name: Carnegie Links Holes: 18 Yardage: 6671 SSS: 72
Scotland is the birthplace of the royal and ancient game of golf. Andrew Carnegie constructed a private links course at Skibo in 1898 under the supervision of the legendary John Sutherland. JH Taylor, five times Open Champion, taught Andrew Carnegie and his wife Louise to play golf on the Carnegie Links.

Donald Steel, the internationally renowned links architect, has effected a reconstruction of Carnegie's original course at Skibo, to provide an outstanding natural eighteen hole championship links (the first in Scotland since 1948). Sited in spectacular and wild scenery with views of the Struie Hill, the course is bounded on three sides by the estuarial waters of the firth, that affords an abundance of wildlife. The course has, which has a wide range of tees to suit all standards of play, is for the exclusive use of club members and their guests and is now said by many to be one of the worlds greatest courses.

For an appreciation and independent view of this course please see golfer reviews.
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Course Name: Monk's Walk Holes: 9 Yardage: 2805 SSS:
The Monks is a parkland course also designed by Donald Steel, is at the foot of the Castle. The course has retained the original features of the Parkland, making this one of the most spectacular courses in historic surroundings.

Golfers based a The Carnegie Club can enjoy a wide variety of delightful and uncrowded golf set against the ever changing back-drop of mountain, sea and sky, truly a 'golfers paradise'.
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Accomodation in the Area:
Claymore House Hotel
Seabank Road
Nairn, IV12 4HG
Tel: (01667) 453731 Fax: (01667) 455290

Inveran Bed & Breakfast
Seabank Road
Nairn, IV12 4HG
Tel: (01667) 455290 Fax: (01677) 455290

The Windsor Hotel
Albert Street
Nairn, IV12 4HP
Tel: (01667) 453108 Fax: (01667) 453108

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  • Europe Golf courses reviews Paul Monaghan

    Paul Monaghan wrote on: Nov 30, 2000

    I played The Carnegie Links at Easter in 1998 and teed off on a lovely, if windy, Spring day. The first hole lulls you into thinking this course won't be as demanding as you had been told, it is straight if a little long when the wind is against. Standing on the second tee your opinion will begin to change. By the time you get to the third you will believe what you were told that this is one of the most demanding courses in the world. Fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, need I go on; provide a challenge which takes you on the biggest emotional roller coaster it is possible to live through. By the time we finished our feet were heavy and our heads were hung; we had been humbled. We had battled through repeated driving rain, driving sleet, driving snow, gales and sunshine but all of
    this was insignificant compared to the rigours of the course. There are three, possibly four holes that are relatively straightforward but as you remember your round with wild
    eyes it will be the other fourteen or fifteen holes that will cause a small involuntary shake of the head. A combination of the weather; always windy mostly rainy, the very tight fairways that demand accuracy and punish anything else and the all-enveloping rough which didn't give up one of the numerous balls we all lost that day. ( One member of our group had had his swing rebuilt the previous day at Gleneagles and due to his perseverance lost close to 30 balls). You will need to save up to afford the green fees and the new balls but the mere acceptance of the challenge will make you a better person despite the fact that the course will win and you will lose. I have played most of the top courses in Scotland and would recommend that everybody planning a golf trip to Scotland should aim for Dornoch with both Royal Dornoch and The Carnegie Links this area of Scotland is unmissable and unforgettable.