Tain Golf Club

An Old Tom Morris layout in the Scottish Highlands.

Tain Golf Club

Highland, Scotland

Overview

Tain is known as 'Old Tom Morris' Northern Jewel. Tom Doak calls it a 'little gem.'

The Tain Golf Club is only 12 miles from the North Sea port of Invergordon. Cruise ship visitors can arrange pickup, 18 holes and return to the ship for the paltry sum of £60!


Golf Course Review

Tain Golf Club is an Old Tom Morris designed, links golf course in the County of Ross in the Scottish Highlands. The town is better known as the home of the world-renowned whisky distiller, Glen Morangie.

Tain Golf Club History

The story of Tain Golf Club begins in 1889 when Old Tom Morris laid out a 15 hole course named St Duthus beside Dornoch Firth. Shortly thereafter, funds became meagre and the links were reduced to just 12 holes. In 1894, the club acquired more land and the finances to extend the course from 12 to 18. In 1911, a clubhouse was built and the name was changed from that of the town's patron saint to Tain Golf Club. Today, only the 9th, 10th, 14th and 15th holes could be said to be Old Tom Morris originals. The course retains its traditional feel if not its original design. An out and back routing, the 18 holes measure just over 6200 yards.

Tain Golf Club Synopsis

The River Tain comes into play directly on holes 2, 3, 16 and 17. Despite its linksland location on the Firth of Dornoch, only the 11th green and 12th hole lie on the water's edge. The 4th is one of the early holes of real note. A near 90-degree dogleg right, an iron is all that is needed to find the ideal landing point of the dogleg. The 5th is well bunkered and features a tightly mown run off to the rear. Alps, the 11th, is the most memorable on the course. After playing up to a group of dunes which obscure the view of the green from the fairway, a blind pitch to the green is required. The 17th is another great par 3 which is the highlight of the closing stretch.

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Featured Architect: Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris used the natural golfing terrain and the site's best features to perfection. Limited by circumstance and the naturalness and rugged nature of the best sites available means Old Tom Morris' minimalist work is still amongst the best in the game. Wide & shared fairways allow for width...

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Highland, IV19 1JE, Scotland

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Old Tom Morris 1906 Sitting on Bench St AndrewsEvalu18

Featured Architect: Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris used the natural golfing terrain and the site's best features to perfection. Limited by circumstance and the naturalness and rugged nature of the best sites available means Old Tom Morris' minimalist work is still amongst the best in the game. Wide & shared fairways allow for width...

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