That is, of course, until he finds himself in the midst of a more pressing quest on the tricky 18th at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club, foraging in a bush for an errant tee shot. "I'm probably the worst golfer in the squad," the Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger admitted.
"We all live quite close together so we do things during the week like play golf, although I'm not allowed to play golf after a Tuesday, according to the gaffer. Richie Foran generally gets the team bus on a Sunday and we go out to Fortrose and a few other places for some team bonding. I'm looking for my ball in a bush more than anything else."
The Irishman's shortcomings with a five iron can be forgiven, however, given his above par performances with a football this season. His work ethic and drive was once again at the forefront of the Highland side's most productive play in their 2-0 victory over Hearts on Saturday, with the tricky midfielder setting up Billy McKay to score the opening goal.
When he was not racing away from Jamie Hamill to put the ball on a plate for McKay - who later scored his side's second - Doran was turning the Hearts captain's colleagues inside out as Terry Butcher's team strived to deliver a more emphatic scoreline, although Hearts would hold on admirably deep into the second half.
"We could have finished it off earlier, we had a few chances, we need to make ourselves more ruthless at the end of games," said Doran, clearly not contented with the two-goal win garnered on Saturday. "The gaffer asked us what we needed to do to improve from that game and we all said we need to finish teams off. We had a lot of chances in the second half and we didn't punish them. If we are playing against someone like Celtic it could cost us."
While his critique of a team that is still unbeaten this season may seem harsh, the last point is crucial: Inverness were, for the most part, wasteful in front of goal. McKay missed several glaring chances, including a one-on-one with Jamie MacDonald when his dithering cost him his hat trick, and also failed to beat the Hearts goalkeeper from the spot after Hamill was sent off for an alleged handball in the box.
Butcher eluded to their second half profligacy in the aftermath of this contest, and it is something that will surely need to be addressed over the international break if Inverness are to remain in such a lofty position in the SPFL Premiership table. "It's been a great run of games so we're a little disappointed at getting a break," said Doran, whose side currently sit in top spot. "But we can rejuvenate over the next couple of days and start again."
A similarly philosophical approach has been adopted by MacDonald at Hearts. The 27-year-old goalkeeper had one of his more busier afternoons on Saturday, denying McKay, Foran and James Vincent during a fraught second half. It has been a difficult start to the campaign for his club - with their next league match, at home to Celtic, offering little respite - yet the manner in which Gary Locke's team competed in the Highlands will offer great encouragement to the Hearts manager, not least with Hamill now suspended.
While Jamie Walker's two first-half chances were all the Edinburgh club could muster in front of goal, the confident and assured nature of the their play - at least until going 2-0 down - was admirable given the average age of the team was just 21. "We have a lot of talent," said MacDonald of his young team-mates. "It's been a surprise how quickly they've adapted, but a lot of that is to do with the fans getting behind them.
"We remain positive. If you had offered us seven points [with Hearts now on minus eight after starting with a 15-point deduction] at this stage before the season we'd have been happy with it. We need to keep the heads up and keep fighting."