Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Although a Championship course in length the shorter hitter of the ball will not suffer the long carries from the tee to reach the fairways synonymous with many courses of this type, making it enjoyable for all standards of players.
In general, accuracy is the main key. There is no room for "bailing out" for the best part of the round, as you plot your way through the gorse lined tight lie fairways. This feature of the course provides the marvellous feeling of solitude as you can play many holes before you encounter other groups of Golfers. After your round, you will feel fulfilled as a Golfer having had every aspect of you game "put to the test" and most probably had to use every club in your bag. The first three holes, being comparatively open, ease you into your round providing a chance to "warm up" before the run of four very challenging par fours that follow them. The superb bowl green at the 8th par three breaks up this run and is followed by, what should be, a birdie opportunity at the par five 9th. The stunning par four 10th turns you back in a westerly direction towards the clubhouse.
In the winter of 2001/02 the club invested £50K on re-designing the 10th and 11th holes. The 10th was "softened" to provide an easier driving line and a more interesting approach shot, which has resulted in all round critical acclaim. The old 11th hole, which was considered too easy and uninteresting, is now played from a new teeing site, increasing the length by 50 yards. The fairway is carved through an attractive avenue of silver birches and gorse to a slightly elevated green. On the remaining seven holes, there is one par three and three par fives, which allow you to "open up" a shade more. The last six holes of the course are, affectionately known to the members, as "the flats" as they are very close to sea level, have flat rippling links tight fairways and are easily viewed from the magnificent new clubhouse which is set up above them.
Alongside the course lies an extensive practise ground with specified areas for driving, iron play/pitching, shortgame/bunker play and a green. There is also a large practise putting green adjacent to the 1st tee.