Tain is one of those courses that seems to stretch over a large area and you only really see glimpses of other holes here and there. By comparison, it makes a lot of other courses seem cramped and there are some lovely views and a sense of escape about the place. The course is not particularly long but stray off line at your peril. It can be very easy to come home several golf balls lighter if you are not accurate off the tee. All the holes have a unique character with the 3rd and 11th being 2 of the best. The 16th would have to go down as the quaintest being a short par 3 with an elevated tee and a burn – which appears on 4 holes – snaking its way around the green. When i played the condition of the course was very good with the greens running true, although not as fast as some. Tain suffers slightly from the shadow cast by Royal Dornoch across the water but i would thoroughly recommend a visit as i dont think it’ll disappoint.
Date: July 14, 2009