Unfortunately, we chose a filthy morning to play Nairn Dunbar with persistent rain arriving early in the round and staying with us until we reached the 17th green. Despite being let down by a rather dubious weather forecast we had no complaints whatsoever with either the quality of design or general presentation of this fast draining layout.
Noticeable on-course improvements have taken place during the last couple of years including an excellent bunker renovation programme. The removal of trees and gorse has also played a part, one significant creation being the view to the coast from the recently constructed 10th tee.
The early holes play across traditional seaside turf and are made up of some challenging par fours with both the 4th and 5th measuring close to 450 yards. I really enjoyed the run of holes from 6-8, the 6th requiring a particularly well struck approach to hold a challenging raised green. The tee shot on the 7th, "Kings Steps", must find an attractive angled fairway in a wooded section of the course and the superb par three 8th fronted by a ring of bunkers protects one of the most interesting greens of the round.
The finishing trio includes two par fives and all are good holes. A well-positioned burn causes no end of trouble at both the 16th and 17th and an angled ridge and difficult undulating green provide plenty of thrills on the18th. The final par five is definitely reachable in two for some but the green requires your full attention and three puts can easily follow.
A step down from Nairn next door but most definitely one to add to the itinerary when playing the cluster of high-end clubs nearby. Brian W
Date: February 07, 2019