Paul Lawrie relaunches 7th hole at Royal Dornoch

Paul Lawrie tees off at the new 7th hole at Royal Dornoch. Picture: John Paul PhotographyPaul Lawrie tees off at the new 7th hole at Royal Dornoch. Picture: John Paul Photography
Paul Lawrie tees off at the new 7th hole at Royal Dornoch. Picture: John Paul Photography
Former Open champion make a birdie on his first attempt

Ahead of his two-day Tartan Pro Tour event over the Championship couse, which began yesterday, Lawrie took time out to play the revised hole and

meet local members.

The changes to the par 4, known as “Pier” were proposed by Tom Mackenzie of renowned designers Mackenzie and Ebert.

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The new hole – which measures 485 yards – has been pivoted to the right so the sea is in view for the entire length of the hole. It also features a green with only the sea and sky beyond it, a replica of the previous one. The work was first proposed after a course review in 2013 and approved by the club in 2015.

Lawrie, who made a birdie on his first playing of the hole, said: “It’s a really, really nice golf hole and they have done a great job with it.

“The old hole was further left, so it’s gone further right with better views of the sea, which is beautiful. It is similar kind of length, there are two nice bunkers down the left-hand side which are in play and there is a nice little false front at the start of the green. It’s brilliant. Royal Dornoch is one of the best courses in the country. I always love playing golf here right back to playing assistants’ golf. It’s just great to spend time here.”

Mackenzie, added: “The view from the 7th tee is one of the most famous in the world of golf. Is there a first-time visitor to Dornoch who has not taken that photo down over the course?

“It seemed frustrating that once down off the tee, the sea disappeared until the green on the highest part of the course. There was plenty of room to the right so, logically, it made sense to rotate the hole that way, so the entire hole enjoyed the same glorious view with a new sea vista behind the green. It adds wonderfully to the Dornoch experience.”

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