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Nairn GC

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Founded: 1887
Designer: Archie Simpson, Tom Morris, James Braid
Championship Length: 6,745 yards
PAR: 72
SSS (Course Rating): 74
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer who would like to play a top-tier links course while in the North of Scotland, is looking to extend a trip to the Highlands in addition to Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart, and would like to play a former host to the Walker Cup.


Reports of golf in the town of Nairn started in 1875. In 1887 Nairn Golf Club was founded following a meeting of local gentlemen. Set in the Highlands of Scotland, Nairn represents traditional Scottish links golf at its very best.

Walker Cup:

Nairn Golf Club has hosted numerous major events, including the British Amateur Championship. But Nairn is probably best known for hosting the Walker Cup in 1999, when the Great Britain and Ireland team scored a rare victory over their American counterparts. The fact that Nairn was chosen as host to this prestigious event speaks volumes for the quality of the course. The Walker Cup is historically played over only the finest courses, with past venues including Cypress Point, Merion, St. Andrews and Portmarnock reinforcing this point.

Golf Course Description:

Certainly one of Scotland’s finest and most picturesque links courses, Nairn has perhaps the best greens in the country. The par 72 layout comprises over 100 bunkers, guarding subtle greens and gorse lined fairways, which demand accurate ball striking. The course lies directly on the coast with an abundance of heather, gorse and burns. Always in excellent condition, its greens are renowned as being fast and true.

Best Holes at Nairn:

The configuration at Nairn Golf Links is such that the course gets progressively more difficult as you go around. Some of the best holes at Nairn Golf Links include the 2nd, 5th and 7th on the front nine and the 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th on the back nine.

7th hole: Perhaps the best hole is the par 5, 7th which, at 487 yards. Not the longest hole, but bushes and heather left and right of the fairway combined with strategically placed bunkers place a premium on accuracy.

13th hole: The 435-yard 13th is recognized as the most difficult, with deep trouble lurking on both sides of the fairway in the shape of bushes and out of bounds. Generally playing long due to the prevailing cross wind, the green is situated in an elevated position and boasts plenty of subtle undulations.

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Tours that include this Course

Nairn Golf

Nairn-Championship Cours

Ultimate Highlands and Whisky

Five rounds of golf:

  • Castle Stuart
  • Royal Dornoch-Championship Course
  • Tain
  • Nairn-Championship Course
  • Moray-Old Course