World Hickory Open Championship 2024

We are delighted to advise you of the Calendar of events that will grace the World Hickory Golf Championship in 2023. The schedule is as follows;

  • Monday 7th October – Archie Baird Trophy to be played for over the Nairn Dunbar Golf Course

  • Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October – the World Hickory Open field will be split into 3 groups with each group playing over Moray Old, Brora and Fortrose & Rosemarkie 3 wonderful Highland’s links courses.

Registration and welcome reception
Sunday 6th October – Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

Registration and a Welcome Reception will take place in the Kingsmills Hotel on Sunday 7th October. Registration will be from 12 noon onwards and the Welcome Reception will commence at 4.00pm including welcome drink and canapes.

Scottish Heritage Night,
Tuesday 8th October in Kingsmills Hotel

A Scottish Heritage Night will be held on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30 pm in the Kingsmills Hotel and will include dinner & entertainment

Gala Prize Giving Dinner
Thursday 10th October in Kingsmills Hotel

The Gala Prize Giving Dinner will take be held on Thursday 10th October in Kingsmills Hotel at 8.00pm.

The Courses

Nairn Dunbar

A Championship Links Golf Course, boosted with recent course improvements, that promises a fun and enjoyable round for all golfing abilities. Ranked 9th in the North of Scotland Top 100 Golf Courses, Nairn Dunbar has 4 tee options from ranging from 5,467 yards to 6691 yards.
Situated on the stunning Moray Firth, you are provided with unbelievable scenery as you enjoy your round.
When Sir Alexander Dunbar of Boath stepped on to the first tee here in 1899, he declared this golfing gem open to all members and visitors. Situated in the busy golfing community of Nairn, our course is one not to be missed.

Moray Old Golf Club

Where else could you follow in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris and Henry Cotton in the same day?

The old course is considered to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland. A classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and smooth fast greens. It is a superb test of golf with seven par fours over 400 yards.

Henry Cotton’s preference for precision golf can be seen with the shorter but somewhat tighter new course with greens smaller than the Old but every bit as good, and equally challenging and rewarding.

Moray Golf Club is truly one of Scotland’s gems, a fitting tribute to the artistry of Old Tom Morris and Henry Cotton and a must for golfers visiting the area.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club

Located on the Chanory Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ our Scottish links golf course enjoys breath taking 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.

Brora Golf Club

Carnoustie more prestigious. It is Brora which is the most northerly golf memorial to James Braid in his native Scotland. Brora is also the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society, and while its President, Peter Thomson, and fellow member Ronan Rafferty annually enthuse, the club golfer, the bedrock of the game, will derive equal pleasure and satisfaction from Brora’s 6211 yards.

Given 194 acres of Scottish links land to work on, what in 1923 was entitled “Braid’s Plan” is hardly altered. Here the visitor will enjoy the mixture of bent grass and beach sand, burn water and gorse in glorious yellow May bloom. There is even a railway which comes into play from the tenth tee.

With the exception of the short sixth, the outward nine holes follow the contour of Kintradwell Bay in the foreground, with a backdrop of the Sutherland foothills from Ben Bhraggie to the west, away to the Ord of Caithness in the north-east.

The inward nine holes follow the fence line of the bordering croft land, with out of bounds to concentrate the mind. Of the two short holes, the delightful 13th, Snake, winds back towards the sea, whilst the 18th contains all the concerns of protecting a score against a bunkered green a two hundred yard carry away and under the scrutiny of the clubhouse windows.

The Hotels

Kingsmills Hotel

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.

Redcliffe Hotel

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, knowledgeable local staff and location, location, location, all of which adds up to a memorable holiday experience in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.

Prizes will be awarded for the following:

Archie Baird International Trophy – Team event

4 Person Team – 2 better ball scores to count 1st 2nd and 3rd

World Hickory Open – Individual event

Professional (Scratch)

1st, 2nd and 3rd

Amateur Mens

Best Gross, Best Gross runner-up

Best Net, Best Net runner-up

Amateur Ladies

Best Gross, Best Gross runner-up

Best Net, Best Net runner-up

Best age categories

Best junior

There will also be prizes for nearest the pin, longest drive and best dressed lady & gent

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

Handicap Certificates for National Handicaps will be required by all players

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

Handicap Certificates for National Handicaps will be required by all players