A storied links beside the Moray Firth, the Nairn Golf Club was designed by James Braid and boasts a fine collection of links holes and a tremendous reputation for hard, fast and superbly maintained greens. The bunkering is another feature, the traps tend to be deep, oval shaped and revetted with most set to the sides of the fairways and greens.
After a couple of dull opening holes, the terrific 3rd green and superb short 4th signal the start of an impressive run through the middle of the course. Short fours at the 8th and 9th are both terrifically fun to play, the 9th a simple concept the hole being arrow straight and lined by gorse with a small green flanked by deep pot bunkers. To make birdie with the pin left you need to flirt with the gorse on the right, or hole a decent sized putt. Other good holes include the long drop-kick par three 13th and the drivable 14th. The best though is the 4th, with its slim, partially obscured putting surface diagonally angled toward the rear right and protected in front by a nasty bunker.
By modern standards Nairn is quite short, but the tricky westerly winds can really complicate things, especially on the way out, and the speed of the greens and depth of the bunkers ensures drop shots for sloppy golfers. There are few blind or quirky moments and less character and charisma here than at Scotland's truly world-class links, but regardless the Nairn Golf Club is well worth a detour for those golfing in this part of the country.
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