Nairn Dunbar Golf Club

Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Nairn, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV12 5AE

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14 reviews of Nairn Dunbar Golf Club

Lovely course and not as 'tight'as some in the area.If visiting, buy the £5 Moray Golf Pass and immediately get 25% off the green fee.

Posted by colin ashmore on 05/08/2010
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The first stop of the Highlands 2009 Tour, which saw us hit here, Spey Valley, and Nairn West, as well as returns to Tain, Royal Dornoch and Boat of Garten, all within the space of a week – phew!
Most people may not rate this course as even the best one in town but we were all more than pleasantly surprised. It's tight, very fast-running and punitive if you veer off line – at least it was back in July when we played it! The stretch between 4 and 7 is to be respected. And there's a warm welcome inside the clubhouse too. If, like us, you can't afford to play a Top 50 course every day, this is definitely worth adding to any itinerary around these parts (and good value for money under their twilight rate).
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'Young P' (h/c 12)

Posted by 'Young P' on 11/10/2009
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Played here twice this season, spring and autumn. both occasions course in superb condition and I fully agree with earlier year reviews - one not to be missed and for the higher handicap player infinitely more enjoyable than it's western neighbour and far friendlier and better value as well! you don't need a knowledgeable caddy to read all your putts here - what you see is what you get! I shall try and find the time this summer to enter their open 5 day tournament - for much less than £100 - incredible value for money so the entry lists fills quickly so don't delay too long.

Posted by carberry black on 10/10/2009
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Played the course at the end of March and it was in really good condition and a bargain at £21. Everyone at the club was as friendly as could be and the entire atmosphere was just right. The first 9 holes are probably the toughest with the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th being the toughest stretch. A whole new set of bunkers on the 6th will make it even tougher when they come into play this year. The 7th is a cracking dog leg right hole followed by a short punch bowl par 3. The 10th is a brilliant par 4 and the 18th is a really good finishing hole. Do not skip this course if you are playing at the Nairn Golf Club - It is well worth a visit.

Posted by Ian Brown on 04/04/2007
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Nairn Dunbar is the sort of course that you pull up to, step out of the car and just know that you're going to enjoy your day.
The Clubhouse is extremely impressive. Of fairly modern architecture, it provides excellent changing, bar and catering facilities along with a well stocked pro shop where the lads working in there made us feel extremely welcome and couldn't do enough for us.
The course itself is top class. Tee beds in pristine condition, in the distance fairways and greens beautifully manicured, first impressions count. Once you're actually out there, the course does not disappoint, as you quickly realise that you are playing a real top quality course.
Greens are slick and true, a real joy to play on. Fairways are hitable without being ridiculously generous, yet 4 or 5 holes are thrown in around the course unexpectedly with some pretty tight landing areas to hit. Just about every iron in the bag will be used, a rare quality in a golf course these days.
Holes 7 to 11, which includes three "newer" holes, are an absolute pleasure to play. The 7th was my favourite, an uphill dog leg right with bunkers and water abound to an elevated green. The 9th is a meandering, tight par 5 where a good tee shot is a must but biride is achievable if correctly positioned. The 10th is a lovely looking hole, where again a well positioned tee shot is a must to avoid the water all down the left fairway. And the two par 3s, 8 and 11, offer a real challenge to hit two well guarded and relatively narrow greens.
All in all, if you're in the area, Nairn Dunbar is an absolute must.

Posted by Richard Lupton on 10/03/2007
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Have been able to play this course twice recently, once in an open competition and also using the reciprocal arrangement between clubs in Moray. This club, I think, presents the best "first impression" of anything else around here I have seen so far. The clubhouse is particularly well appointed and the catering staff friendly and efficient. We were disappointed, however, not to be told that seasonal course maintenance was in progress and there was at least one temporary green in operation. A couple of the other greens had been severely aerated and it was like putting across sheets of corrugated iron. That aside, this is a super parkland course, 6,800 yards with plenty of variation. I'd recommend this to anyone visting the area, but do check playing conditions beforehand.

Posted by Stephen Parker on 26/09/2006
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This course is well worth a visit. The course was in great condition with good fast greens. The sand dunes were few and far between witch made it play like a heathland course. The new club house was great food was good but Scottish beer still not good!!

Posted by Michael Holmes on 13/07/2005
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Played in August 2002 on a sunny. Good and fair test of golf. Great value.

Posted by Drew Anderson on 26/06/2003
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Played as part of our mixed Highland golf weekend in July '99 (See report on Tain), this was another trip down memory lane for me.
The Sunday formula when I was in my late teens was - golf at Nairn Dunbar in the afternoon, fish & chips, Nairn cinema and a couple of beers on the way home. I don't think it would be affordable on today's green fees!
We found the course in superb condition, teeing off at 7.45am on a sunny morning, but worrying about a Moray Firth haar which was hanging on the coast. this did bother us on holes 2-3 but then burnt off and conditions were perfect.
The greens were quick and true and we were impressed by the small army of greenkeeping staff working on the course as we went round. The new holes were a bit like new holes anywhere but should mature well, though they can never emulate the old and must be considered a change of character as you go round.
The course competes well with Nairn West but does not have its sea views and the West greens must take the prize for quality.
The new club house is splendid and the lounge dining area very comfortable and with an excellent aspect over the course.
Everything was beautifully maintained and the impression was that the staff really cared.
Unfortunataly, we were rushing for a plane and couldn't sample the catering. Perhaps next time we will be more relaxed.

Posted on 25/07/1999
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A truly awesome golf course.We played it on the practice day for the Scottish boys Championship. Anywhere near handicap on this course is a good score but it is fair and rewards good shots. You need to be long and straight off the tee or you will struggle. Gorse and rough are very severe but the greens are large and generally receptive. The fifth hole is a true classic. 9 and 10 hev been recently reworked and have not yet settled in but the rest of the course is just brilliant. Prices have gone up since the above listing was filed it is now £35 for the day.

Posted by K Chuck on 19/07/1999
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A truly "old-style" Scottish Golf club. The course is a strange mix of seaside links and parkland but it is arguable that holes 3 thru' 7 represent as testing a stretch of holes as can be played anywhere. In these days of crazy green fee's it represent excellent value. \r\n

Posted by Dr K. A. Pears on 12/06/1998
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This first week of November in Nairn has been glorious for golf, with no wind, and balmy weather ,the new clubhouse at Nairn Dunbar G.C. is now open completing a superb golfing facility. Together with Nairn G.C., there must be very few towns in the U.K. who can boast the same level of golf .

Posted by G.S. on 06/11/1997
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Nairn Dunbar Golf Club is situated by the sea on the East side of Nairn and is one of the two Championship courses this town has to offer. It is a par 72 (35 out, 37 in)and is a stern test of golf especially in the prevailing South Westerly wind. The more famous course is NairnGolf Club itself but a large increase in interest has been shown towards Nairn Dunbar in recent years which has become the favourite of many who have played inthe Highlands.Recent improvements to the club include three newholes at the turn increasing the par of the course to a full72. Also a new million pound club house is well under way to being completed and will give the golfer all theservices he should need for preparing to play and forafter playing on this magnificent links course.It is widely agreed that though Nairn Golf Club (on the Western side of town) is more scenic, Nairn Dunbar offers a more challenging round, especially for mid to high handicappers. The most notable feature is the large quantities of gorse and whin that will punish stray tee shots and wayward approach shots. The outward nine consists of more isolated holes and the par of 35 makes scoring very difficult on some very testing par fours. Nairn Dunbars Pedigree was increased lately by such events as the Northern Open and the qualifying rounds for the British Amateur Championships. Anyone considering playing the great courses of the Highlandsmust as part of his itinerary include Nairn Dunbar amongst the more famous courses of Nairn and Royal Dornoch.Accessibility of the course is very good, it lies just off the A96 (main road between Aberdeen and Inverness) on the Eastern side of Nairn and is reachedwithin 15 minutes drive from Inverness and even lessfrom Inverness Airport.CARD: 443444435 434543545(macdon@iap.unibe.ch)

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(UK-Golf is told by the Claymore Hotel that they offer free golf on this course as part of their golfing packages.)

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Number of holes 18
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Style Links

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