Archie Simpson, Tom Morris, James Braid
Though reports that a club had been founded in the town
of Nairn were carried in 1875, it is generally accepted that Nairn Golf
Club was founded following a meeting of gentlemen interested in the game
of golf in September 1887. Set on the Moray Firth coast in the Highlands
of Scotland, Nairn represents traditional Scottish links golf at its very
Nairn Golf Links has hosted numerous major amateur and professional events,
including the British Amateur Championship but Nairn is probably best
known for hosting the Walker Cup of 1999 where the Great Britain and Ireland
team scored a rare victory over their American counterparts. The fact
that Nairn was chosen as host to this prestigious event speaks volumes
for the quality of the course. The Walker Cup is historically played over
only the finest courses, with past venues including Brookline, Cypress
Point, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and Portmarnock reinforcing this point.
one of Scotland's finest and most picturesque links courses, the par 72
layout at Nairn comprises over 100 bunkers, guarding subtle greens and
gorse lined fairways, which unanimously demand accurate ball striking.
The course lies directly on the coast and offers all the natural hazards
one would expect, including an abundance of heather, whins and burns.
Always in excellent condition, its greens are renowned as being fast and
The configuration at Nairn Golf Links is such that the course gets progressively
more difficult as you go around. This of course, is not to say the outward
nine are in any way accommodating but good scores appear to gradually
peter out as the golfer embarks on the homeward stretch. Some of the finest
holes at Nairn Golf Links include the 2nd, 5th and 7th on the front nine
and 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th on the inward nine.
Perhaps the pick of the outward journey is the par five, 7th, which at
487 yards may not be the longest hole but bushes and heather left and
right of the fairway combined with strategically placed bunkers place
a premium on accuracy from tee to green. It is not uncommon to reach the
12th tee with a reasonable tally of strokes but prepare for the downward
spiral as the three most difficult holes at Nairn are from 12 to 14. The
435-yard 13th is recognised as the most difficult with deep trouble lurking
both sides of the fairway in the shape of bushes and out of bounds. Generally
playing long due to the prevailing cross wind, the green is situated in
an elevated position and boasts plenty of subtle undulations.
RECOMMENDED NEARBY ACCOMMODATION:
Culloden House (20 minutes),
Swallow Kingsmills Hotel
(25 minutes), Morangie House Hotel
(75 minutes), Skibo Castle