Carnegie Links – Skibo Castle

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  • Architects:
  • Consultants:
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
    • MacKenzie, Tom
  • Holes of Merit:
    6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18
  • NCG Rank:
    13/100 in GB&I


Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle is the residence of the former tycoon, Andrew Carnegie.

The Carnegie Club is a private members club that resides at the Estate. The Carnegie Links is the private golf course of the members.

It's not a private golf club but rather a private club with a golf course accessible to the public. The public is offered a single four-ball during the summer months. Included in the green fee is a three-course lunch in the stunning clubhouse.

There are no tee times at Carnegie Links. Members and guests are able to play when and as often as they like!

To clear up any confusion, Carnegie Club is the prestigious private members club. Skibo Castle is where the club is located. Carnegie Links is the club's golf course.

Golf Course Review

Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle is the accessible golf course at a prestigious private members club known as the Carnegie Club. The golf is pure and in keeping with the quality and stature of its neighbours which includes Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart. This is a highly exclusive club in a secluded corner of the northern Highlands of Scotland.

Golf was seen on the estate around the turn of the 20th century. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie commissioned John Sutherland to create a nine-hole course that we know little about. Tatler reported in 1905 the course had been completed and Mr. Carnegie was making good use of his new layout. What is known, however, is the course disappeared during the Second World War and the original clubhouse, which burnt down, stood where the 13th green does now.

Fast forward to 1990 and Peter de Savary acquired the estate and turned to Donald Steel for the help to transform the estate and restore golf to its rightful place at Skibo Castle. The course was situated on the peninsula surrounded on three sides by Loch Evelix and the Dornoch Firth. Opened in 1994 by none other than Greg Norman and Fred Couples on Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, you can watch the episode here

In 2003, the estate changed hands and Tom MacKenzie of MacKenzie & Ebert was able to introduce remarkable changes which included the concept of 'relative solitude'. Significant changes to eight holes on the course as well as the routing and presentation. Gorse was removed and reverted bunkers were introduced.

The changes have been very well received with Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle now considered not only exclusive but also amongst one of the finest links in the UK & Ireland. It has been called heaven on earth.

Information for this write-up was found in Jeremy Ellwood's article entitled Eye For Design in Edition 7 2020 of Skibo Magazine.


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