Nairn Golf Club

Nairn, United Kingdom

The course at Nairn Golf Club is considered one of the classic links of Scotland, and for good reason. Located beside the Moray Firth in the town of Nairn, this 18-hole championship course represents the combined efforts of Archie Simpson, Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers, James Braid, and C.K. Cotton.

Most of the credit goes to Braid however. The course he played a major part in creating has got just about everything you’d look for in a links: tall strands of gorse, crisp fairway turf, and greens widely hailed as some of the best in Scottish golf.

As good as Nairn looks, don’t expect it to pull any punches. The front nine in particular are best played when the wind is not blowing, seeing as they hug the coast. That way you can better enjoy holes like the third and fifth, two medium-length par fours often regarded as the best of Nairn’s front nine.

The third hole features one of the course’s more turbulent fairways, while the tee for the fifth is practically on the beach. Things get interesting once the tide rolls in, as you can imagine. But no matter what happens out on the links, the recently refurbished clubhouse will help to end your visit to Nairn Golf Club on a high note.