Nairn Golf Club

Seaside links for 7 holes abounding with humps and hollows make this a world class links.

Nairn Golf Club

Highland, IV12 4HB, Scotland


The Bothy, found between the 9th green and 10th tee, was built in 1877. It was where the salmon would be kept after being caught and now serves as the halfway house.

Leave time to visit the Archive Room at The Nairn Golf Club, it is a veritable museum and one of the best in the game.

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Nairn Golf Club is located on the sandhills beside Nairn Beach to the west of the River Nairn overlooking the Moray Firth – not far from Inverness and Castle Stuart. Nairn and Royal Dornoch are the elder statesmen of golf in the area.

Nairn offers sea views from every hole and uses the Moray Firth as a backdrop on holes 14 & 15. The Moray Firth comes into play on the opening stretch of holes.

Nairn Golf Club History

The original design by Archie Simpson in 1887 lasted just two years before Old Tom Morris made the first alterations which extended it westward. The 8th hole is thought to be Old Tom Morris’ most intact contribution.

In 1900, it was called the Brighton of the North and was considered to have the finest and best links in the North of Scotland with the exception of Dornoch.

In 1905, it was compared with Pau and measured 6000 yards. Later, around 1909, James Braid would make changes to tees, bunkers, and greens. Ben Sayers would leave his mark in 1920 before Braid would return to make the finishing touches.

CK Cotton did minor tweaking after WW2 but essentially the course remained unchanged. In modern times, Tom Mackenzie has added a set of forward tees, constructed new greens on the 1st, 7th, and 14th, and addressed bunkers on a further twelve holes.

Nairn Golf Club Photography

Purchase Kevin Murray’s photography of Nairn Golf Club.

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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

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Old Tom Morris Collection
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Doak Scale Collection

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Highland, IV12 4HB, Scotland
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