The Nairn Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6774
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Private
Nairn Golf Club is a can't miss stop for championship links golf in the Scottish Highlands, located between Inverness and Dornoch. The first seven holes of this 19th century links play along the Moray Firth, which is visible from every hole. It's rolling, firm greens are known as one of the most complex in Scotland, and is one of the reasons why Nairn hosted the prestigious Walker Cup matches in 1999.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6774 yards
Medal 71 6436 yards
Mens 71 6140 yards
Ladies 75 5735 yards
Scorecard for Championship
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 73.0/143 395 486 413 160 385 197 550 355 359 3300 536 182 444 431 219 306 425 377 554 3474 6774
Medal M: 72.2/138 395 463 373 150 377 183 495 326 324 3086 496 160 444 423 211 306 417 377 516 3350 6436
Yellow M: 70.9/135 383 453 361 135 371 175 488 307 301 2974 495 152 401 412 195 281 403 337 490 3166 6140
Red W: 74.9/139 368 433 347 132 281 140 476 290 275 2742 466 141 400 401 177 223 390 332 463 2993 5735
Handicap 10 4 14 18 2 8 16 6 12 9 17 5 1 13 7 3 15 11
Par 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 35 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 5 7 1 17 13 11 3 9 15 4 16 10 2 12 18 8 14 6

Course Details

Year Built 1887
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed The clubhouse is soft-spike friendly except the lounge and dining areas.
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No jeans or swatshirts are permitted on the course or in the clubhouse.

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4.3
7

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 6

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Mississippi Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

When you arrive at Nairn, the mostly flat landscape and modest course length will have you licking your chops. Do not be deceived: this is a very difficult test of golf. The greens are extremely tricky, and the fairways are narrow. The course is fraught with difficult stances, and when the wind gets going off the water, it can do some cruel things to your tee shots.

The landscape is tremendously beautiful, though. The opening holes walk you right along the shore and evoke memories of Pebble Beach.

Take a caddie, and put your driver away anytime you can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Good weather

Some quirks, lots of fun

This was the final stop on our pre-Open golf trip through Scotland, and though our feet were howling, we found that Nairn had a few fun quirks and several solid holes. One of my favorites is the par-4 fourth, nicknamed Bunker, and appropriately so, because depending on the hole location you could be playing to a semi-blind target that is surrounded by cavernous bunkers. Nearly the entire front side played back into a brutal wind, which made for a tough start, but I found the back nine to provide more of a fun challenge. It starts with the uphill, tree-lined, 430-yard 13th hole, followed by the downhill 14th that still plays about 190 yards. The 15th is probably my favorite hole on the course -- a straight-away par 4 that is only about 260 yards from the men's tee but features several greenside bunkers that can swallow tee shots. You could either have a reasonable chip for eagle (as I did), or a tough time making bogey (as some of my fellow playing competitors did). The finishing hole is a beefy par 5 that demands a good tee shot. Overall, this was a fun track to finish on, and a course that you could play over and over again and not get bored.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Big finish

“It’s all right there in front of you,” said Fraser Cromarty, the affable CEO at Nairn Golf Club. From the opening tee shot along the shores of the Moray Firth – the first hole is named Sea – the layout is among the most user-friendly links courses in Scotland. Nairn is a traditional out-and-back routing which builds to a compelling finish with the short, par-4 17th and the par-5 18th which both require equal parts strategy and shot making. If you have time, ask to visit the club’s growing museum that includes the minutes from club meetings dating back to 1887.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Good weather

Quaint and awesome

Another course that I'd heard plenty about but never had the opportunity to play. I knew it hosted the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup, so it had to be good. It was. The locals are so fun and hospitable and the starter is a hoot. The best thing I can think of to say about Nairn is that it's a place I could play everyday and never get bored. Many other courses in Scotland are spectacular but you wouldn't necessarily want to play them every day if you had the choice. No so with Nairn. It's a fun walk, has a neat variety of holes and it as terrific overall atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Fair weather

Put it on a Highlands or Moray Firth Itinerary

Nairn has hosted many tournaments and one can see why; possibly the best greens in Scotland-Fast and true. Not a lot of Quirk nor Blind Shots-something scratch golfers like if not love. The fairways are also relatively tight with bunkers in the line of best play. Hug the bunkers, easier second; avoid the bunker, difficult second. Regardless of your handicap, you will enjoy your day. Starter and staff are very nice. I got there an hour early and they just let me out-even with the discounted tee time. Weather was wet and rained all 18, so I didn't spend any extra time there; however, all went well and I was finished in about 3 hours. Not many holes stand out, but the Downhill par 3 14th is a challenge for all. I like the follow up 15th which is a driveable par 4, but no pushover. The town of Nairn is nice and wish I had better weather. I did stay in town for a couple of nights. After golf, there are beaches and parks and good dining in the area. Nairn is a links-firm and fast conditions, wind, bunkers, a couple of burns, etc. I think the Scratch golfer will enjoy it more and might give it 5 stars. Still, if in Inverness or the highlands for a few days, put this on your itinerary. Good place for good golf and well worth a play..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Average weather

A classy links in the Scottish Highlands

Golfers that love links golf but not its unfortunate bounces or blind shots will fall in love with Nairn, a host of the 1999 Walker Cup and 2012 Curtis Cup. There's nothing tricky about Nairn. It's just a mostly straight-out, straight-back links along the Moray Firth that demands precise irons to avoid penal bunkers and a deft putter to handle super quick greens. The first seven holes follow the water, often into the wind, although the day I played there was little breeze until the back nine (a brief hail storm hit on the front). My favorite challenges were the par-4 13th hole up the hill and the par-3 14th hole back down it. The halfway house, an old ice house, symbolizes the cool historic touches that make Nairn so special.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

A top course

This is genuinely one not to be missed! It is easy to see why Walker Cup and Curtis Cup come here. Definitely in Scotland's top ten.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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