The Nairn Golf Club

The Nairn Golf Club


The Nairn Golf Club had no humble origin. Masterminded in 1887 by the Edinburgh-born advocate, Robert Finlay, who went on to become Britain’s Lord Chancellor. An astute man, he persuaded his influential London friends to join as members before calling upon Old Tom Morris. The 'Grand Old Man' of golf totally revised the course and extended it westward over the Earl of Cawdor’s property. Twenty years on, the five times Open Champion James Braid (and the first to break 70 here with a 69 in 1901) was altering tees and bunkers before creating new greens of singular subtlety. A series of holes were redesigned and lengthened over the decades prior to the Walker Cup contest in 1999 - an event that showcased amateur golf from future stars such as Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald and Paul Casey. Nairn has remained at the forefront of golf courses in the Highlands, and is a club consistently praised for the quality of its putting surfaces.

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