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Scots, Floridians win inaugural event

Commemorative Event Held on Scotland’s Renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club

(DUBLIN, Ireland) Carr Golf  – Ireland and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf vacations – announces the winners of its inaugural Donald Ross Invitational Tournament held Oct. 8 – 12.

The two-person team competition was contested over three rounds on Scotland’s renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, rated No. 5 by Golf Digest in its “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” The team of Tom Scarbrough and Sean Tobin, playing out of Florida’s Country Club of Orlando, won the “Weekly Best Stableford” with 115 cumulative points.

Nikki Christie (Carnoustie Golf Links) and Gareth Hall (Royal Dornoch Golf Club), both representing the host country, captured the “Weekly Best Gross” division with rounds of 74, 76 and 72 for a total of 212 (12 over-par).  

In addition to Dornoch, the field enjoyed a pre-tournament practice round at nearby Brora Golf Club, home of the James Braid Golfing Society.

Highlighted by four consecutive days of clear blue skies and comfortable 60-degree weather, the one-of-a-kind golf pilgrimage to Dornoch also featured four nights’ luxury accommodations, welcome reception and dinner, daily breakfast and lunch, whisky tasting, premium gift bags and souvenirs, airport transfers, local transportation, and concierge service both pre-trip and during the event. 

Other significant highlights included an audience with noted golf course architecture writer Bradley Klein, author of “Discovering Donald Ross” and winner of the Donald Ross Award, and a gala dinner and entertainment at the Royal Golf Hotel. Photos of the event may be found here

“It was a thrill to host this joyous occasion at Royal Dornoch as it celebrates the genius and memory of Donald Ross on the course where he learned to love the game,” says Marty Carr, executive chairman of Carr Golf. “Due to the incredible inaugural success, we look forward to announcing exciting details on our plans for 2018 as we now have another signature event for our guests and clients on our annual calendar.” 

Born in the town of Dornoch in 1872, Ross immigrated to America in 1899 and became known as the “Father of U.S. Golf Course Architecture.” His world-class designs include Pinehurst No. 2, Aronimink Golf Club, East Lake Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, Oak Hill Country Club, Inverness Club and Oakland Hills Country Club. Over 100 U.S. national championships have been played on his courses. 

Ross developed his passion for golf playing Royal Dornoch as a boy. Acclaimed as one of the finest links-style layouts in the world, its superb routing and use of raised putting surfaces was a major influence on his   roughly 400 design projects. He was a founding member and first president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977. 

For more information on the Donald Ross Invitational Tournament email, visit or call 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662. 

About Carr Golf Travel

For nearly three decades, Ireland-based Carr Golf Travel has built its impeccable reputation on creating the ultimate golf escapes to exceptional courses in Ireland and Scotland like Ballybunion, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Waterville, The Old Course at St. Andrews, and Turnberry. Deeply passionate about the game’s history and traditions, the family-owned company creates, plans and implements customized and unique itineraries that include tee times, luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, unforgettable golf vacations and memories.

Joe Carr, the company’s late founder, was one of Ireland’s greatest golf heroes with over 40 championship victories including three British Amateur titles. He was the recipient of the Bobby Jones Award (1961), Walter Hagen Award (1967), and played in three Masters Tournaments at Augusta National. In 1991 he was the first Irishman to be honored with Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient and in 2007 he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Today, Joe’s son, Marty, operates the business as executive chairman. His brother Roddy is also actively involved. Named winner of Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Tour Operator” in 2016 and 2017, Carr Golf Travel hosts numerous prestigious annual events including the World Invitational Father & Son Tournament, Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament, Donald Ross Invitational and a number of Invitational Links Pro-Am tournaments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland’s southwest. Moreover, the company is at the forefront of corporate event implementation, as well as developing itineraries built around the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, College football and NFL games in London. 



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