The Championship course at Nairn is situated on a rumpled stretch of beautiful terrain on the Moray coastline. Founded in 1887, it was originally laid out by Archie Simpson, before Old Tom Morris extended it and then Ben Sayers and James Braid made further alterations. With pedigree like that, it’s no surprise how good it is.
Nairn is perhaps best known for having hosted the Walker Cup in 1999. The Great Britain & Ireland team, featuring Paul Casey and Luke Donald, were dominant and comfortably defeated the Americans 15-9.
The course begins with a series of holes played alongside the coastline. You can see the sea from every hole at Nairn and, if you hit the ball to the right, you can certainly find the water several times during this early part of the round. One such example is on the 5th – a medium length par 4 requiring a straight tee shot to set up an approach to an elevated green.
It is difficult to pick stand-out holes as there are many excellent contenders, but the 9th is worthy of mention. It is a par 4 where the tee shot must be threaded between the bushes and bunkers. The green is adjacent to an old salmon Bothy, built in 1877, which has been adapted into a halfway house.
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