World Hickory Open Championship 2022 (Oct 9th – 13th)

We are delighted to advise you of the Calendar of events that will grace the World Hickory Golf Championship in 2022. The schedule is as follows;

  • Monday 10th October – Archie Baird Trophy to be played for over the Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course

  • Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October – the World Hickory Open field will be split into 3 groups with each group playing over Nairn, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch, 3 of Scotland’s finest links courses over the 3 days

Welcome Cocktail Party

  • Sunday 9th October at 4.00pm – A welcome reception with drinks and canapes has been arranged at the Kingsmills  Hotel, Inverness.

Archie Baird International Trophy
(Monday 10th October 2022)

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The Opening Competition will be the Archie Baird International Trophy in the form of a Team Tournament over the Fortrose & Rosemarkie golf course.  The format will be teams of four.  Players will play as split pairs and better ball strokeplay scores, adjusted for handicap, will be collected from each pair in the four. The two better-ball scores will then be added together to declare the winner with the lowest combined score.

The World Hickory Open Championship
(Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th October 2022)

This year’s Open will be played over 3 rounds on the Nairn, Castle Stuart & Royal Dornoch Golf Courses.   The field will be split into three groups with each group playing each course (up to 60 golfers in each group) on a rotational basis. This will be an individual strokeplay event with handicap adjustments. There will be prizes for Professionals and Amateur alike.

Due to light conditions and available times, there will be a “cap” on the number of players in the field for each competition. In the Archie Baird, it will be 100 players.

Places will be allocated on a first-come basis. Don’t hesitate to get the registration form completed as soon as possible.

Scottish Night (Wednesday 12th October – Kingsmills Hotel)

A Scottish Night will be held on Wednesday 12th October at 7.00 pm in the Kingsmills Hotel and will include a Piper, Scottish Country Dancing display (with audience participation), a taste of Rabbie Burns and Scottish Fair.

Gala Prize-giving Dinner

(Thursday 13th October – Kingsmills Hotel)

The Gala Prizegiving dinner will be held in the Kingsmills Hotel on Thursday 14th October at 8.00 pm when the winners will receive their prizes and plaudits from their fellow competitors plus the announcement of the venue for the 2023 WHOC.

The Courses

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course

Located on the Chanory Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ our Scottish links golf course enjoys breathtaking views over the Moray Firth, only 20 minutes from the City of Inverness. Our Championship links course is the 15th Oldest Recorded Club in the World (1793). The course was re-designed by the five times Open Champion James Braid in 1932.

Nairn Golf Course

Nairn is consistently ranked amongst the leading courses in the UK.The Club has been very fortunate and indeed honoured to have held an array of Amateur Golf tournaments. The Club is only one of nine clubs who have held the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup and the Amateur Championship.

Castle Stuart

Welcome to Castle Stuart Golf Links, the ‘beginning and cornerstone’ for more to come in the way of our destination golf resort.

Atop the ‘old sea cliff’ these same Black Isle landmarks are often presented from towering heights that offer palpably different and perhaps even more spectacular visual aspects. It would be impossible not to enjoy these Highland landmarks when seen through greens with seemingly nothing beyond but a shimmering firth and the landmark itself.

Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to these natural links at some point in their lives. It is often quoted as one of the must-play courses.

Royal Dornoch Scotlands-best-golf-course-2020-winner-shield-gold.  It’s the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It’s wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there’s the blaze of colour in early summer when the gorse is in flower. The pure white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling.

The Hotels

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star luxury hotel in Inverness. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, we offer a variety of extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining options and good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests.

The Hotels

Redcliffe Hotel Inverness

The Redcliffe Hotel and Townhouse, Inverness offers the highest quality guest accommodation in a prominent city-centre location a mere two-minute walk from Inverness Castle and the riverside.

One of the finest hotel accommodations in its class, the Redcliffe Hotel Inverness offers resident parking, intuitive menus, slick professional service, knowledgable local staff and location, location, location, all of which adds up to a memorable holiday experience in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands.

WHO 2022

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Archie Baird International Trophy

4 Person Team – 2 better ball scores to count, one from each pair.

Best Gross and Runner Up gross, Amateur Longest Drive, Amateur Nearest the Pin

World Hickory Open

Professional (Scratch)

1st, 2nd and 3rd


Best Gross , Best Gross Runner Up

Best Net, Best Net Runner up

Best Lady

Best Age Category

Best Junior

All Competitors please note in fairness to all

You cannot win two titles such as Runner Up Gross and Best Net.

Prize order will be determined by Gross scores first.

Management Team decisions are final.

Medical Certificates will be required by those who wish to use a Buggy

Handicap Certificates for National Handicaps will be required by all players

COVID-19 Statement

We will take all steps necessary to ensure the chosen Hotels and Golf Clubs are adhering to official Government Guidelines in relation to your safety and well-being during your stay.