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Nairn Dunbar Golf Links ©
Champions always outshine their competitors and get the fame no matter how excellent the competitor is. That's the case with Nairn Golf Club, the seaside links sitting snuggly on the sea, outshining its neighbor Nairn Dunbar Golf Links two miles away. And that's too bad, really, because Nairn Dunbar Golf Links is a superb Scottish links layout well worth a play. But being in such close proximity to its more famous neighbor, it seems destined to always be an unnoticed stepchild. Chances are you've never heard of Nairn Dunbar Golf Links but it is loved by the locals, admired by those in the know and very accessible to the independent golfer in Scotland and well worth your attention.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Links is really quite a nice golf course with more than a few really excellent holes. I've not yet played it but did have a chance to give it a thorough walk-around and talk to some of the members. I was impressed. And they are currently (2017) in the process of restoring the natural links characteristics of the site and firming up the surfaces to give it a trul links-like feel. Holes 4 thru 7 are a good test of golf with pines, gorse, and broom adding to the miseries of any wayward shot. Even the shorter holes can mean trouble if you are not careful. For example, the 2nd is rated the third easiest but the green is hidden and slopes downward from front to back. Like any links course, position off the tee is critical.
The 5th is the highest rated and with good reason. Not only must you be accurate off the tee funneling your shot onto a narrow fairway, your approach must be to the middle or right side to give you a good look at a devilishly tough green--two-thirds of which sits in a bowl! Then there are the elevated greens on the difficult 6th and 7th to think about. Club choice is critical if you are to par either.
The finishing hole is a good one but DON'T BE SHORT! It's not too difficult but, as you can see by the photos below, it's easy to make a bogie or worse if your approach is weak.
I liked what I saw at Nairn Dunbar. Moderately priced, this championship traditional Scottish links golf course looks to be challenging, interesting and one that needs lots of your imagination to score well. I'm eager to play it. On Lochloy Road, off the A96 at the eastern end of the town of Nairn.
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What to Do All Day in NairnIf you stay in Dornoch while your travel partner plays one of the two championship courses in Nairn, then you'll want to refer to the Northern Highlands page. But I encourage you to come along to Nairn (about an hour and 20 minute drive from Dornoch) and spend the time in this pleasent town instead.
The colourful town centre of Nairn is a very quick walk from the Nairn Dunbar golf course. Please see the Nairn page for a write-up of the town.
Directions from Nairn Dunbar Golf Club into Nairn town centre--
Definitely leave the car parked at the golf course and walk into the town centre. (It's signposted, and only a few minutes walk.) With the Nairn Dunbar clubhouse to your back, go right, staying on that same street (Lochloy Road) for one block until you reach Bridge Street (A96). Turn right onto Bridge Street, cross the river, and take the first left--it's the high street of the town centre. Very simple.