Coul Links Golf & Embo House

A Coul new Top Class golf course for Embo/Dornoch!
Yesterday we heard some extremely exciting news regarding the future of golf at Embo House. No, it wasn’t that our reinstated golf practice area which includes a couple of water hazards and a lovely new bunker (replete with 10 tonnes of sand) – is working well, – though we do love that…. Even more excitingly, the Highland Council gave its permission for the new Coul Links Golf Course, just a mile or so down the road. Coul Links is a beautiful site, on the coast just a little to the north of Embo village. So this will be no ordinary development. It will be extremely sensitively managed to preserve and enhance environmental conservation and at the same time, the involvement of Mike Keiser of Bandon Dunes fame, and renowned golf architect Ben Crenshaw, ensures that once complete, our little village of Embo (300 souls according to Wikipedia) will host a world top-50 golf course. That means Embo House will be sit equidistant between two, amazing, championship golf courses, since the incomparable Royal Dornoch Golf Club lies a mile or two to the south. We believe the Embo’s new Coul Links Golf Course should be fully functional by 2020/21. Wow! Full credit to Todd Warnock, proprietor of The Links House Hotel in Dornoch and his team for coming up with this inspiring idea and painstakingly undertaking the huge amount of difficult work to shepherd it through the planning process.


Practice golf on Embo House pitching area   –   And Coul Links as it looks today.

Dornoch Firth Golf Tours at Embo House

So the Dornoch Firth area will be even more of a Mecca for lovers of links golf!  Royal Dornoch is currently ranked no 5 in the Golf Digest world ranking, but if you haven’t played Golspie, Tain or Brora yet then you are also in for a golfing treat.  An excellent way to do it is to use a Dornoch Firth Golf Pass which for £40 provides a 25% saving on visitor green fees for all five courses (including Royal Dornoch’s second ‘Stuie’ course) on the Dornoch Firth. We highly recommend asking 8 good friends (and their partners) to create your own, bespoke Dornoch Firth Golf tour, based at Embo House.

And there are some excellent courses a little further afield/still easily accessible from Embo House. Castle Stuart – host of the Scottish Open – is just an hour away.  There is also a lovely course at Rosemarkie (I saw dolphins when I last played there), whilst Stath Peffer boasts spectacular panoramic views across the Cromarty Firth.

Royal Dornoch Golf Holidays

Royal Dornoch Golf Course – near Embo House

Embo House: A great base for golfing trip

So Embo House is genuinely a great base for a golfing trip.  With eight luxury double bedrooms, each with private bathroom, we can accommodate a decent sized group.  In addition to the practice pitching area, we have indoor facilities that all golfers would expect, including a generous boot room, club store and drying facilities.  After your round you can relax in the whisky bar, perhaps watching golf on Sky Sport!  Though Embo House is for exclusive hire – rather than a hotel – we are happy to arrange for breakfasts or evening meals to be cooked and help with tee reservations.  In addition, Embo House and Dornoch is really a super place for non-golfing partners to relax and enjoy all the Scottish Highlands has to offer. Please come and see for yourselves!

The Whisky Bar at Embo House