Nairn Deserves Its High Ranking
This lovely golf course that looks out on to the Moray Firth in Inverness-shire regularly earns a high ranking among Scottish Golf Courses. After the 5 Open Courses in Scotland, Nairn is a match for any with its hosting of both the Walker and Curtis Cups evidence of the high regard in which it is held. If you want to enjoy this lovely part of Scotland for a golfing holiday, you will find excellent accommodation opportunities nearby at Nairn Holiday Rentals and a course up to the challenge.
Traditional links courses are rarely as long as more recent creations because of their age, and the limited availability of land but Nairn’s defences more than make up for length. The winds can blow from different directions on the same day although westerlies are predominant. In order to make a good score, you have to be able to manufacture shots from chip and runs while negotiating the humps and hollows as well as keeping the ball low into a wind; golfers will find little time to relax. There is no need to add water hazards, a rarity on any links course, because there are plenty of gorse bushes to catch a wayward shot.
Nairn Golf Club was first played in 1887 and more recently by the local MP, Willie Whitelaw, former Deputy Prime Minister and an important member of Margaret Thatcher’s Government. Whitelaw was a scratch golfer and spent many a happy few hours on the Course. Old Tom Morris, the famous golfer and winner of four early Open Championships helped to modify the original design with another ‘’legend’’ of the game, James Braid adding his touch two decades later.
It was possible to lengthen the Course before the bi-annual Walker Cup was held here in 1999 but in essence these talented golfers from either side of the Atlantic played the course that James Braid knew.
Today’s hugely long courses rarely have Par 4s less than 400 yards, and often much more. Links courses such as Nairn do not need that because the Par 4s make use of angle and tightness which puts pressure on the approach shot. Par 5s on Nairn have decent length and there is little time to relax in order to hit the greens successfully.
The Moray Firth is visible from every single hole on the Championship Course which measures 6770 yards, Par 72. The Men’s Competition Tees are 6440, Par 71, with the second being changed to a Par 4. It measures 460 yards so there is an element of true length early in the round. The ‘’friendly’’ tees measure 6140 yards with the Ladies Course 5735 yards, Par 75.
Nairn has a 9-hole layout in addition to the Championship Course, the Cameron. There is also the opportunity to pay for a green fee to play both Nairn and Nairn Dunbar at a discounted rate under certain restrictions during the summer months.