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Episode 45 – Profiling Nairn Golf Club

Nairn Golf Club

Nairn Golf Club


The final Highland golf course of the winter series is Nairn Golf Club located just a few miles south of Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Golf Course Review

This traditional Scottish links course nestled along the shores of the Moray Firth has hosted the Curtis Cup in 2012 and Walker Cup in 1999. The links layout is a cornerstone of the golf offering in the Scottish Highlands and is precariously moving from the ‘hidden gem’ category to a must play when in Scotland.

Nairn Golf Club review. (Sourced by Top 100 Golf Courses)

Founded in 1887, the sweeping coastal course was created and shaped from wild land beside the Moray Firth through the combined efforts of legends Archie Simpson, Old Tom Morris, James Braid and Ben Sayers.”

Ru & Graylyn’s Thoughts

With neither having played commenting on the course was based on recommendations from golfers lucky enough to have played the West course, Nairn. Graylyn noted his intrigue into the course design. With it being a hybrid between two of Scotland’s famous course designers Tom Morris and James Braid, the classic links design makes a visit to Nairn even more sought after. Ru adds similar sentiments. Nairn’s greens are often hailed some of the best links greens you are likely to putt on during a Scottish golf trip.

Nairn Golf Club 2015 Greenfees based on High Season Rates 

Per Round £110

36 Holes – £170 (Second round played within 4 days)

Number of Visitors

Nairn has a strong membership aligned with a strong visitor number meaning the course is always in use.

Best Time to Play? – Availability is usually good. Members have the tee until 9.30am through the week.

Success of 2014

The staff at Nairn Golf Club has successfully implemented various initiatives to make the visitor welcome.

Improvement Area for 2015 Season  

Continue making the experience at Nairn as memorable as possible. The transformation of an old salmon fishing dry store will make for a very unique new halfway house. Visiting golfers can enjoy complementary range balls in the improved range facility and visit the recently refurbished archive room with the minutes of the club’s first meeting dating back to 1887 on display.

Message to Golfers Visiting in 2015

“Our product on the course has always been highly regarded as a fantastic Scottish Championship links. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors to Nairn in 2015 and beyond.”

(Fraser Cromarty – Nairn Golf Club General Manager)

Advice from your Hosts

Pay Nairn a visit. The new management here will ensure visitors are felt like members for the day. The improvements outlined in the podcast will ensure a visit to Nairn will offer an equally enjoyable golf experience to it’s lauded neighbours Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch.  (Ru)

Visit the Archive room in the clubhouse and see first-hand the incredible history of golf in Nairn.  (Graylyn)

The Highland Golf Links provides information on a golfing visit to the Scottish Highlands.


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Stay with us as we continue our winter series profiling Scotland’s best links golf courses you will likely visit on a golf vacation to Scotland in 2015. Subscribe on itunes.

For Scottish golf course reviews including a St Andrews Story section where golfers are asked to share their visit to St Andrews check out co host Graylyn Loomis’ website.

If left with any questions don’t hesitate to contact Ru or Graylyn by emailing question@scottishgolfpodcast.com.

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