Nairn (Championship)

Nairn (Championship)

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Nairn (Championship) Golf Club

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Nairn Golf Club, founded in 1887 by Robert B Finlay, is one of the northernmost golf courses on the NCG Top 100 Great Britain & Ireland list.

A number of big names in golf course design have had a hand in the design of the Championship Course over the years, including Old Tom Morris, James Braid and, Mackenzie and Ebert.

The club is one of just nine in the United Kingdom to have played host the four major amateur events - the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup and both the men's and women's Amateur Championships.

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A Brief History of Nairn Golf Club

The club was founded in 1887, with the club now having more than 135 years of history. Andrew Simpson, the Keeper of the Green at Aberdeen, was the man brought in for the original design of the Championship Course.

Only three years later, Old Tom Morris revised the course, and extended it from its original design. Five time Open Champion James Braid made the biggest impact on the Championship lay-out. He altered tees, bunkers and greens shortly prior to the First World War.

In 1920, Ben Sayers came in and created some new holes to add to the Championship lay-out, with Braid then returning to add another signature touch. Renowned architects Mackenzie and Ebert were brought in to renovate the course in 2018.

Nairn Golf is just one of nine clubs in the United Kingdom that can say they have hosted the four major amateur tournaments in the country. The Women's Amateur Championship (1979) and Amateur Championship (1994) were both held at Nairn, with the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup following. Nairn held the Amateur Championship for a second time in 2021, where Laird Shepherd came from 7 down through 18 holes to win on the second play-off hole.

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Thanks to all those renovations over the years, the Championship Course at Nairn is a beautiful 18-hole lay-out, with several holes playing alongside the beach and the sea. The Par-71 course measures in at more than 6,800 yards for a tricky sea-side test.

Six of the opening seven holes are on the coastline, with just the par-3 4th hole playing slightly inland. However, it does play back towards the sea to allow the 5th, 6th and 7th holes to run down the coastline.

The opening trio of holes are all par-4s that measure more than 400 yards from the back tees. The 4th is the shortest hole on the course at 167 yards, with stunning views of the North Sea in the background. The 5th tee shot is played over the 4th green, and it is the first par-4 on the course than is less than 400 yards long. Despite that, it is the hardest hole on the Championship Course.

6 is the second par-3 on the front nine, before you come to the longest hole on the course. The name 'Long' does it justice, with the 7th measuring more than 600 yards from the back tees. It is a true three-shotter that winds its way along the coastline, with the rocks to the back right of the green. 8 and 9 are both less than 360 yards, and offer birdie opportunities to end the front side of the course, as the lay-out makes its way inland.

The back nine begins with a par-5, one that is reachable for the bigger hitters at 532 yards. 11 plays the opposite way, and is an 180 yard par-3 with four bunkers guarding the front and left of the green. 12 and 13 are par-4s that measure more than 400, with the 12th a whopping 463 yards long. 13 plays south to its most inland point, with 14 then being the longest par-3 on the course at 222 yards from the tips.

15 offers up a birdie chance as a driveable par-4 for the longer hitters. At just 306 yards, it provides some respite before the tough closing stretch. The 16th is more than 420 yards and features four bunkers short of the green, and while 17 might be shorter, there are five bunkers on route to catch errant shots. The Championship Course at Nairn ends with the par-5 18th, at 553 yards long. It is a straight away par-5, but there is plenty of trouble to catch you out. 

What are the green fees at Nairn Golf Club?

For one adult, from December to February, green fees are at their lowest, £50. In March they rise slightly to £60. In April the green fees become more expensive as you enter the high season, costing £137. From May to September, green fees are £199. In October, they reduce back to £137 and in November they cost only £60.

The different green fee options, such as junior tickets, two round tickets, day tickets and fourball rates are listed clearly on their dedicated Green Fees Page.

Where is Nairn Golf Club located?

Nairn Golf Club is located in Nairn, a town situated along the Moray Firth, about 16 miles northeast of Inverness. The golf club is known for its scenic coastal setting and is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts visiting the area.

The nearest airport to Nairn Golf Club is Inverness Airport (INV). It's around 8 miles west of Nairn and provides domestic and limited international flight services. Travelers can easily reach Nairn from Inverness Airport by taxi or car.

Nairn has its own train station and it is well-connected to the Scottish rail network, and you can take a train to and from various cities, including Inverness, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh, making it a convenient option for travelers arriving by train. The Nairn Golf Club should be accessible from the train station by local transportation or taxi.

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