Nairn Golf Club nestles on the shores of the Moray Firth in the Scottish Highlands. A wonderful stretch of links land that perfectly hugs the coastline, presenting a stunning golfing canvas, challenge and panoramic views. The subtle but majestic contouring that exists over a firm and fast links terrain is the result of a rich tapestry of the absolute finest in golf architecture.
Initially shaped in 1887 by Andrew Simpson from Aberdeen, it was further developed by Old Tom Morris the “Grand Old Man of Golf” before further adjustments were made by Open Champion James Braid. In 1920 new holes were designed by the irrepressible Ben Sayers of North Berwick before, once more, by James Braid. In 2018 the club undertook a large renovation project from world renowned architects, Mackenzie & Ebert. Their much-acclaimed contribution was very respectful towards the club’s tremendous history, and initially achieved by researching through the envied club archive room, where you are welcome to immerse yourself in a fantastic array of golfing memorabilia and club records.
Nairn Golf Club remains extremely proud to continually be selected for the world’s finest amateur golfers. It boasts, a wining venue for, The 37th Walker Cup in 1999 and The 37th Curtis Cup in 2012. Nairn has successfully hosted the Amateur Championship in 1994 and more recently in 2021. Nairn has a fortunate habit in assisting to create the most memorable of events.
The Championship Course provides a test for golfers of all abilities and offers five tee box yardages, ranging from 5,199 yards to 6,832 yards. The front nine holes head west with a majestic opening hole and green, cleverly positioned on the very edge of the coastline. The shoreline views and photo opportunities are a plenty, dolphins are often visible in the firth and can be a pleasant distraction. The subtle rippling links contouring provides the perfect introduction, wonderful sculpting that at times of low sunlight look stunningly dramatic. The trickery of the greens presents a similar challenge, with surfaces that remain strong in presentation and as a stiff test to any links short game. James Braid historically commented on their quality – “The texture of the turf and character of the greens remain unrivalled”, we would like to think that that standard is maintained and evident today. The unchanged 8th hole at a maximum of 352 yards has stood the test of time and remains a classic challenge to this day. The table green design and bunkering remain a stern but fun test. The 14th is equally as iconic, a par 3 to rival any, with elevated views to match. A warm highland welcome awaits all, to this wonderful part of the golfing world.
“The texture of the turf and the character of the greens are unrivalled”