Nairn Dunbar

Nairn Dunbar

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Situated on the shores of the Moray Firth, Nairn Dunbar is difficult to define; at intervals a traditional Scottish links, it also offers wonderful woodland holes. Despite being in the coastal town of Nairn and just a couple of minutes’ drive from the more linksy 1999 Walker Cup host, the charm of Nairn Dunbar is in its ability to offer classic seaside holes as well as those which play between birches and whins that could be in Perthshire. It is at its best when the gorse is in full bloom in the spring and at that point the bursts of yellow colour allied with the myriad other flora makes this a stunning experience.

Nairn Dunbar starts in inland fashion close to each other before giving way to the 5th, played to a long narrow green, and the 6th – well bunkered and with a plateau green – especially good holes. At the turn are the most picturesque holes with the 11th, Bents, a wonderful short hole to follow on from the par-3 8th, almost as spellbinding.

More linksy holes take us towards the clubhouse with the ubiquitous holiday homes evident as well as a Carnoustie-like burn which makes the shortish par-5 16th and the 17th serious tests.

The 18th is no pushover either; at 499 yards off the back tees, it requires two big hits to reach the elevated green under the nose of the clubhouse. Nairn Dunbar is in general no pushover – 6,765 yards of honest toil must be covered to defeat this hidden gem of the Highlands.

More linksy holes take us towards the clubhouse with the ubiquitous holiday homes evident as well as a Carnoustie-like burn which makes the shortish par-5 16th and the 17th serious tests.

As part of the club’s continual improvement of the course several new fairway bunkers have recently been added and the club has a long heritage of hosting National Championships including the Northern Open, The British Seniors, The Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship and in 2009 The Scottish Ladies Junior Open Strokeplay Championship. In June 2010 they hosted the World One-Armed Golf Championships.

You can relax in the modern lounge enjoying the panoramic views of the Moray Firth while sampling the full catering service on offer. As a club they are renowned for an open and warm welcome to all visitors.

The name? Taken from Sir Alexander Dunbar of Boath, who gave both his name and 60 acres of land to build this course. He hit the first shot as Queen Victoria was busy celebrating her 80th birthday.

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James Braid

01667 452741

Lochloy Road , Nairn , Highlands , IV12 5AE