Nowadays Dornoch attracts something like its fair share of golfing pilgrims but too many visitors to this special town fail to stay around long enough to discover Golspie.
The fact is that a long weekend in Dornoch and the surrounding area is about as good as it gets if you value natural, seaside golf and unpretentious, genuinely warm hospitality. Apart from the main attraction, within a 20-minute drive up or down the coast you can play Tain (Old Tom Morris), Brora and Golspie (both designed by James Braid).
Achieving consistency of playing surfaces cannot be an easy job for Macdonald on a course that passes from meadowland to links to woodland to pasture and back to links – and there might even be a touch of heathland around the turn as well.
It measures little under 6,000 yards and begins with an inland feel yet the sea is soon close by. The second of three par 5s comes at the 4th, when it becomes apparent that Golspie is much more than a pretty holiday course.