It is worth every last mile of the long trip north to Nairn just to experience the quality of the greens. Faster, slicker, more treacherous surfaces can doubtless be found elsewhere but it’s hard to imagine another course in the world where putts run so smoothly and truly as they do here. You can almost hear the sound of the ball as it brushes along the tightly cropped links turf, never seeming to lose contact with the ground for a second.
Unfortunately, due to the subtle nuances and imperceptible little slopes choosing the correct line is easier said than done. But even if you struggle at first, fear not because the appeal of Nairn goes far beyond the greens.
This charming small town just 20 minutes’ drive from Inverness has both history and golf seeping out of its every pore. It can also boast one of the driest climates anywhere in Britain, sheltered as it is on three sides by hills and mountains, while temperatures are surprisingly mild all-year round. Even in deepest winter the course rarely closes and every season has its particular appeal.
The ‘99 Walker Cup brought some fame and acclaim to Nairn, prior to this a golf trip to the Highlands was only for a few where as now it is recognised and accessible for the many.