Nairn (Championship) - North Scotland - Scotland

Nairn Golf Club,
Seabank Road,
Nairn,
IV12 4HB,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1667 453208

  • Golf Club Website

  • 16 miles east of Inverness.

  • Contact in advance – Not Sat/Sun am


Nairn Golf Club is located on an elevated, rumpled piece of linksland on the Moray Firth coastline, close to the historic fishing port. It’s one of Scotland’s lesser-known gems.

This is a course which has been touched by many great architects. The club was founded in 1887 to an original design by Archie Simpson. A few years later Old Tom Morris extended the layout and, prior to the Great War, James Braid made further alterations. Directly after the Great War, Ben Sayers added his mark to the course only to find James Braid itching to polish off the design. It is no wonder that Nairn is such a detailed masterpiece.

One of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland, Nairn boasts sea views from every hole. If you are a right-hander and you’ve got a slicing problem, you could find the beach from your very first tee shot. The sea is in play on six of the first seven holes; make sure you’ve got an adequate supply of balls.

When the sun is low in the sky and the shadows are long, you cannot fail to appreciate the undulating, bunker-pitted moonscape that is Nairn. It’s a delightful links with fast, firm but narrow fairways, a number of which are framed by gorse bushes and heather, heaping further pressure onto a nervous drive. The greens are sited in the trickiest places – some are raised and others are nestled in hollows. Most are well protected, either by bunkers or natural hazards, and all of the greens are fast and true, a Nairn trademark.

There is a plethora of good holes at Nairn and the 5th is one of the best. It’s a great 390-yard par four called “Nets” which requires a straight solid drive avoiding the beach on the right. This will leave a short approach shot to a small, elevated green that is well protected by bunkers and a sharp bank sloping off to the right.

The 9th, named “Icehouse”, is a lovely par four to close the outward nine. A tough long drive from the tee is required, avoiding the whin bushes on the left and the bunkers on the right. The green is located to the right of the white cottage which is, in fact, a Salmon Bothy Keep your eyes peeled for the Icehouse which is covered in thick grassy turf where salmon was kept on ice for up to two years.

Nairn is a very long way north. However, you may be surprised to hear that despite Nairn’s Highland latitude, it is located in one of the driest places in Britain. So, why not follow in the footsteps of Peter McEvoy? In 1999, here at Nairn, he lead the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to a resounding 15-9 victory over the USA.

Following a Course Audit presentation by Tom Mackenzie at a Special General Meeting, approval was given to start work on a course upgrade at the end of 2018. New forward tees were added and new greens constructed on the 1st, 7th and 14th holes, with further reshaping and bunker adjustments made to a further twelve holes.

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Description: The Championship links at Nairn Golf Club is one of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland, boasting sea views from every hole. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 49
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mheywood
Enjoyed my round at Nairn. Played off the whites and only 3 over h/cap due to 3 x 3 putts. Greens were true but slower than Royal Dornoch & Royal Aberdeen. Got the feeling that Nairn was a manicured links, even a couple of parkland style holes that turn inland on the back nine. Overall it was enjoyable, but rate the course below the two courses above and Cruden Bay. Therefore, £75 green fee was high - more of a £50 - £60 course in my opinion.
September 20, 2006
6 / 10
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Bernhard Koehler
A classic links course with great very fast greens. The course were in perfect condition. I think a must play in that region.
August 20, 2006
10 / 10
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Richard Smith
Absolutely outstanding first class links course. The first few holes run along the firth, and then the course turns slightly inland to some magnificent holes. The only distraction is the pig farm located on the back nine, and our caddies never could explain how each pig knew how to go to their own little pig house (I'm not making this up!). The gorse is as challanging here as any course I've played, and this includes the Old Course. I actually birdied the par 5 18th after bouncing by second shot off the clubhouse, so my last memory of this course was quite pleasant. I'll always remember my caddie, a young college lad from the town home on holiday. On one hole he handed me my 1 iron, while all of my partners hit their drivers. When we got to my ball I was 25 yards behind everybody, and there were no hazards in site. When I asked the caddy why he had me hit the 1 iron he said "Because I like the way you hit it". One of the greatest compliments anyone ever paid me on a golf course. I can't wait to get back to Nairn. Richard SmithKnoxville, Tennessee
May 09, 2006
10 / 10
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Jim Robertson
In that group of first-class Scottish links just behind the greats you will have a fine time at Nairn. The first stretch of holes along the shore are links golf at its finest, especially the magnificent 5th. There is a brief let-down when the course incongruously moves inland for a couple of holes but the finish is testing and the whole experience exhilarating.
February 04, 2006
8 / 10
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Bart Boudreaux
Good stopover on the way to Dornoch. Golf course is decent but greens are great and fast. Nice clubhouse.
December 31, 2004
6 / 10
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Steve Searle
Superb greens and the remainder of the course is also in good condition. Holes 1 to 7 are outstanding in their design and the views out to sea are classic links. In fact this course has just about the lot. Great par 3's of differing distance and direction, short and long Par 4's and the same with the Par 5's. As with all links courses if the wind is blowing then the course changes character in a matter of minutes. The staff were also friendly and the clubhouse is nicely welcoming. Well worth the visit, although the price for a days golf is quite steep at £100.
September 21, 2004
4 / 10
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Colin Shellard
My favourite links course anywhere. The course condition is unbelievable any time of the year, during the Kings Trophy (Nairn's Open competition) the tees are true enough to putt on, never mind the greens! How fast can they be after a few days without rain?!! I would challenge anyone to find a true links course in better condition with this quality of holes. I'm contemplating retiring to Nairn so I can play it everyday - only 30 years to go!
September 07, 2004
10 / 10
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Alex
Overall very good, enjoyed the feeling of being so close to the sea (especially the first 7 holes). Nice clubhouse and was made very welcome by members and staff. If in the area this is a must play.
June 27, 2004
8 / 10
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Links lover
There must have been some mistake - move it up the rankings immediately! Nairn featues the best greens I have ever played on in my life. Period. Generally, it's the best-conditioned links imaginable, so if there is a criticism for the ultra-traditionalist it would be that it's too manicured for a course of its type. That said, I can assure you that you won't be complaining as you tread its velvet fairways and carpet greens. Although tough in places, in terms of length it's generally manageable from the yellows, so it's a course the average player can enjoy as much as a low man. There are stunning views from every hole, and, just for good measure, the 13th and 14th look as if they should be at Sunningdale. All in all, quite an experience.
June 06, 2004
10 / 10
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