The Nairn Golf Club

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   The Nairn Golf Club Est. 1887

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The Nairn Golf Club: Nestling on the shores of the beautiful Moray Firth, lies one of Scotland's flagship seaside golf courses. Though relatively flat during its opening and closing sections, this classic links layout ranks high on the list of the country's most scenic courses. Ever-present are pleasing panoramas out onto the Firth and across to the soft hills of the Black Isle, and inland to distant Highland peaks.

The first seven holes of this out-and-back layout hug the Firth's shoreline, creating a lateral water hazard on your rightside that stretches for a mile-and-a-half of your outward journey. If you do leak your tee-shots too far right, you'll be comforted to know the beach is not out-of-bounds; it's an integral part of the course. From the 7th green at the end of the opening beachside stretch, the view back along the coast to the clubhouse in the far distance is one to savour.

In addition to the beach, also adding to the challenges are water ditches at the par-4 2nd, 16th and 17th holes, plenty of gorse (whins) and an abundance of stylish ball-swallowing pot bunkering. The only real departure from the layout's gently undulating easy-walking terrain, comes courtesy of the excellent uphill par-4 13th. No sooner are you at the top of the hill (with more views to savour), than the long par-3 14th and short par-4 15th bring you back down again to rejoin the main seaside flow of the course.

If played into a northerly wind, Nairn's closing 4-4-5 stretch may add considerably more than 13 shots to your card. In such a wind, your ball will be blown towards gorse bushes that line the rightside of this closing trio; invariably the further left you aim the further right your ball will be blown.

For well over a century, golfers have enjoyed not only Nairn's views, but its excellent presentation and full array of golfing challenges. Here you'll need some accurate driving between the whins (especially in the middle part of the course), an ability to escape from mischievous pot bunkers that throng the greens, and a deft touch with the putter to tame Nairn's wonderfully firm, fast and true greens. To tour the Nairn course click on the video below.

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Making Contact

The Nairn Golf Club
Seabank Road,
Nairn, Highland & Moray IV12 4HB
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Office   +44 (0)1667 453 208
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1667 452 787

  +44 (0)1667 456 328

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Golf Pro
Murray Urquhart
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Relatively flat terrain (except for 3 holes) - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
Designer: Original layout by Old Tom Morris. Later modifications made by James Braid, Tom Simpson and Ben Sayers (1920).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6774 6140 5735
Par 72 71 75
SSS or Slope 73 71 75
At the Same Location:
9-hole par-29 Cameron course (1,634 yds)
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How2Get There?

15 miles NE of Inverness
From the centre of Nairn head west on the A96 direction Inverness. After o.5 miles turn right (in front of Nairn Old Parish Church) into Seabank Road. After o.7 miles golf entrance is in front of you.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (all days): May thru' Sept £160; April & Oct: £110. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, 2-round tickets, combination tickets with Nairn Dunbar, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available and should be booked in advance.

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Did you know?

Nairn has hosted many prestigious tournaments, including the Amateur Championship, British Ladies Amateur, Scottish Amateur, Scottish Ladies, British Boys and Boys Internationals. Perhaps the most celebrated of all in recent years was the 1999 Walker Cup, when the GB&I team notched up a convincing win against the ten best amateur golfers from the United States. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Nairn Golf Club.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 37th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (57.587203)
Longitude: (-3.894911)
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Golf View Hotel 4-star
63 Seabank Rd, Nairn, Highlands IV12 4RX
+44 (0)1667 452 301

The Golf View Hotel and Leisure Club is situated overlooking the Moray Firth with gardens leading down to the seashore and is just 16 miles from Inverness. Many of the 42 bedrooms are sea-facing with traditional interiors that provide you an exceptionally comfortable place in which to stay. A member of the Crerar group of hotels.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Nairn (o.5 km); Nairn Dunbar
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Golf within 20 miles Castle Stuart; Inverness
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Claymore House Hotel 
45 Seabank Rd, Nairn IV12 4EY
+44 (0)1667 453 731

Claymore House is an elegant Victorian villa comprising 13 individually decorated en suite rooms. Located less than a mile from Nairn Golf Club, this comfortable and classically Scottish hotel includes The Snug - a TV-room adjacent to the bar, where you can catch-up on sports events around the world on Sky TV.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Nairn (1 km); Nairn Dunbar
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Golf within 20 miles Castle Stuart; Inverness
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