30 Nairn Championship

Architect: A Simpson
Stats: 6,436 yds, par 71, SSS 72
GF: £35-£85
Visitor information: No restriction to visitors on any day or any tee
W: nairngolfclub.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 25 (Down 5)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New bunker on 18 and on 12, both around landing areas for driving from tee
Clubhouse: Lift installed for access to upstairs

Gorse-lined, bisected by burns and pock-marked by perilous pot bunkers, Nairn delivers classic Scottish links golf. It’s an out-and-back layout with the sea visible on nearly every hole. The first seven play right alongside the water and there is a slight tinge of disappointment when you move inland from them, although the test does not let up.

Panellists’ comments: “Great combination of understated design and variety of holes”; “Impeccably high standard of greenkeeping”

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