If you want to enjoy one of the Scotland's hidden gems with a splendid location in the Highlands, then Nairn Golf Course should be among your first options.
It's one of those special traditional Scottish links layouts that is in sight of the sea on every hole and flirts with the sea on about half of them. It's an out and back links golf course with the first 7 holes built right along the edge of the Moray Firth. It's the kind of golf course that lulls you into submission with its beauty on the front nine only to mug you when you least expect it on the back nine.
Signature hole - 13th
The signature hole of the Nairn Course, the par 4-13th is undoubtedly the most difficult hole on the course. Just left on the centre on the fairway there's a fairly large bunker that gathers anything on that line, and bushes tight on the right, the green is very undulating, leaving the golfer with a fast and swinging putt.
This traditional Scottish golf links course was created from a wilderness, in 1887 by the Edinburgh born advocate, Robert Finlay. Using his influence, Robert Finlay pursued Old Tom to totally revise the course and extend it westward over the Earl of Cawdor's property.
Twenty years on, the five times Open Champion James Braid (and the first to break 70 here with a 69 in 1901) was altering tees and bunkers before creating new greens of singular subtlety. Lastly, fifty years ago, the esteemed architect C.K. Cotton added some discreet improvements to the course.
"This charming course is only a half notch below the revered Royal Dornoch. Great putting green with many undulations. New clubhouse that welcomes you and lends a great view." C.J. Graham
Nairn GC, The Nairn Golf Club, Seabank Road, Nairn, IV12 4HB