Nairn, Highland & Moray IV12 5AE
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Coastal duneland, rural countryside and limited residential.
Current course designed by Scottish course architect Peter Robertson (1936).
17 miles NE of Inverness
Just after Nairn town centre (eastern end), cross the River Nairn bridge heading east. After 200 yds turn left into Lochloy Rd, direction Golf Club/Culbin Forest. After 300 yds golf club is on your left.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club: Perhaps overshadowed by the "other" Nairn golf course (on the west side of town), Nairn Dunbar lies to the east of town across the River Nairn. Here on flattish terrain bordering the Culbin Forest and Culbin Sands, you'll find another in Scotland's long line of great links golf courses. The layout may lack the beach hugging location, sea views and greater undulations of its more renowned neighbour, but Nairn Dunbar does possess all the essential ingredients of a thoroughly absorbing links layout.
The terrain is generally quite flat, with a couple of exceptions on the front-nine where the greens are more elevated. Gorse bushes, small birch trees, willows, sallows and dastardly ditches line many of the fairways. Wayward hitting will meet with potentially penal consequences, but on most occasions there's enough room to encourage confident use of the big-timber from the tee.
The greens at Nairn Dunbar are firm and fast, and particularly on the par-3s are heavily guarded by excellent revetted bunkering. The picturesque par-3 8th (Brodie) is an excellent case in point. This thoroughly enjoyable links course is well worth having on your play-list when you visit the bustling coastal town of Nairn.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
No requirement to book in advance, but worth checking ahead for tee-time availability.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
On May 24, 1899 the first shot was struck on Nairn's new links course by Sir Alexander Dunbar of Boath. Sir Alex, had given both his name and sixty acres of land to create a second course in Nairn, "where the working men and women of the town could enjoy the Royal and Ancient game".
Nairn Dunbar is the home club of Russell Knox, a multiple winner on the European Tour and PGA Tour.
Scotland: 79th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
63 Seabank Rd, Nairn, Highlands IV12 4RX
+44 (0)1667 452 301Visit website
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Nairn (o.5 km); Nairn Dunbar
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Inverness Road, Nairn IV12 4RX
+44 (0)1667 453 145Visit website
The Newton Hotel stands in 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, yet is close to the highland town of Nairn. Overlooking Nairn Golf Course and beyond to the Moray Firth, the Newton Hotel is an ideal spot for guests in search of peace and tranquility to relax and unwind.
Nairn; Nairn Dunbar
Castle Stuart; Inverness
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