While near neighbours, Nairn and Castle Stuart, more recently, perhaps receive more publicity than Nairn Dunbar, this impressive Championship Course has been played since 1899 and measures almost 6,800 yards off the back tees. Fear not, there are more friendly tees available if you are up staying and playing some holiday golf. Golfing holidays are ideal where there are a few courses near to each other. That certainly applies up on the Moray Firth with the three aforementioned clubs making a great golfing holiday break. Nairn Holiday Rentals can take care of the accommodation side of any golf holiday with Beach House Nairn and Beach Cottage Nairn both available for rent in a location that is certain to delight everyone.
The Course is typical of many traditional links courses; 4 Par 3s, 4 Par 5s and 10 Par 4s. Six of those Par 4s on the Championship Course are in excess of 400 yards with the opener being 404 yards off the Men’s Tees. There is little time to take in the lovely setting of the Moray Firth, the Black Isle across those waters and the mountains of Sutherland because a double bogey awaits anyone who does not concentrate from the very first shot. A little shelter is provided by the sand dunes that separate the Course from the beach but the westerly winds often have their way.
It is those winds and the need to understand the skills required to play links golf that make courses such as Nairn Dunbar so unique. In common with many great links courses, the 18 Hole Par is dictated by length but the Standard Scratch identifies the difficulty. Nairn Dunbar’s Championship layout is Standard Scratch 74.
The top world-ranked Scottish golfer, Russell Knox, began his journey to success at Nairn Dunbar which was proud to give him honorary membership. Knox was Junior Captain, Junior and Senior Champion so his name is prominent on the Club’s Honours Boards. He took a scholarship to Jacksonville University in Florida, USA and has stayed to primarily play his golf on the PGA Tour where he has won twice. The first in fact was one of golf’s co-sponsored events, the World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China in 2015 and the other the Travelers’ Championship in 2016 in Cromwell, Connecticut. He did take a European title last year, the Irish Open which was played at Ballyliffin in Donegal in the very north of Ireland.
Visitors are very welcome at Nairn Dunbar which is open all 12 months of the year. A ticket to play both Nairn Dunbar and Nairn is also available during the months of summer as long as the two games are played within a four day period. That is yet another reason to think about a golfing break in this lovely region.