Feb 15th, 2021
Nairn's post lockdown deal
Enjoy the full ‘Nairn Experience’ on the newly renovated course
Photography: Nairn Golf Club
Renowned as a true test of Scottish links golf and located close to Inverness, Nairn has undergone a major two-year course redevelopment that has elevated its already lofty reputation as one of the best courses in the country. And golfers can now enjoy the full ‘Nairn Experience’ for themselves for the discounted fourball price of £380.
Available from April 1st, the offer represents the perfect opportunity for golfers to enjoy a golf break without the difficulties currently associated with foreign travel. The special rate is fully refundable if circumstances mean that golfers are unable to travel.
“We are delighted with the results from the two-year remodelling of our Championship Course and we want to make sure that Nairn is accessible as possible, even in these unprecedented times. There are understandable difficulties with foreign travel at present, so our special fourball rate means that golfers can still enjoy a golf break while experiencing everything that our club has to offer, including the wonderful highland hospitality.”
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Nairn Golf Club.
Investing £900,000 into the course remodelling project, Nairn enlisted the expertise of world-leading golf course architects, Mackenzie and Ebert, who made significant alterations to the layout of the course, making it a tougher test for elite players while still offering an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for golfers of all abilities.
“The Championship Course has always been synonymous with quality putting surfaces and incredible views of the Moray Firth, but now we have a course that will ask many questions of the elite golfer and at the same time offer a fun experience for the higher handicapper,” added Sinclair.
Investment in the project totalled close to £900,000, with Mackenzie and Ebert tasked with elevating the course offering, while at the same time reflecting the ethos and history of the club.
The architects recommended a move away from revetted bunkers on the fairways to a more naturalised style so that the fairway hazards would be less daunting.
The project also included the decision to move the bunkers up and in to make Nairn a much tougher driving test for the game’s elite players, allowing it to continue to host major events such as the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup which it staged in 1999 and 2012, respectively and this year's Amateur Championship in June.
Additionally, the course now boasts three new greens and 13 remodelled green surrounds. A total of 39 rough-edged fairway bunkers have been installed and 27 greenside bunkers remodelled and revetted, while a selection of remote bunkers have also been removed.
Along with three relocated teeing complexes at the 2nd, 7th and 8th holes, there were a further 11 tees added to give the course a variety of yardages for players of all standards. Open sand areas have also been introduced at various parts of the course to incorporate biodiversity with the natural environment.
Commenting on the project, Tom Mackenzie said: “The course at Nairn has long been a respected tournament venue, and rightly so.
“However, when we first visited, all was not quite right, and a survey of the members highlighted how tough the course was for the shortest players. At the other end of the game, everyone knows the how much the longest players have benefited from technological and swing advances.
“Our study recommended that the shortest players needed to be looked after better, so we added forward tees, shortened carries and removed some steep, deep bunkers that only hampered the less strong.
“It is tricky to find the right balance, but we are confident that we have found it,” added Mackenzie. “New greens on the 1st, 7th and 14th holes also help to make the most of the wonderful views.”
Nairn consists of the renovated 18-hole Championship Course, a 9-hole Cameron Course, a traditional clubhouse and well-equipped practice facilities.
To find out more about the club, visit www.nairngolfclub.co.uk