The next few days we stayed in a lovely AirBnB in a pretty small town, called Cullen. In between Inverness an the amazing Castle Stuart Links there is another „links pearl“ situated in Moray firth, on the north sea coast. Nairn Dunbar Golf Links is one of the must plays in this area. This course is the this years host of the R&A 91st Boys Amateur Championship 2017 and the host of the PGA Northern Open 2018.
I was very excited about this Championship Links Course with its stretch of 6765 yards and Par72. In general, it was so great to see that golf is just the most obvious thing over there. The Scots have a totally different perspective about the game. Absolutely not comparable to Germany where golf is still afflicted with attitude and complicated preconditions.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Links is one of the courses which looks sweet and easy to play but once you´re on the course you can easily ruin your score in style. The first tee of this pretty old track is situated in the town of Nairn with the consequence of an even more friendly and familiar atmosphere.
First tee, straight shot death center fairway, the approach was way to short and bounced into the pot bunker on the lef for bogey. The second hole was easy to play because there was no wind at all.
I recognized that this will be a tough round on a very challenging links. Nairn Dunbar Golf Links offers everything a typical links needs. Pot bunkers, dry and hard fairways and the beautiful looking but score killing gorse.
My signature hole on the front nine was definitely No. 8 called „Brodie“ (Bogey would be the better name). The green sits in a left to right diagonally-shaped deep bowl on this par 3.
With its relatively small green this hole provides a realistic birdie opportunity if you can handle the four huge pot bunkers in front of the green. I am proud that my shot found the putting surface and that I played par on this stunning fast greens.
The back nine are similar tough as the front nine with the exception that I had to handle the upcoming wind on top which made it even more complicated to play this amazing links course. But I had a good day on the greens and played a really good round.
One hole which really surprised me was the finishing No. 18, called „Merryton“ a relatively long par 5. The best plan from this tee is to avoid the right side of the hole as you will find huge parts of gorse along the path.
Once you are able to attack the green aim your shot right over the ridge and don´t leave it to long otherwise you´ll end up at the carpark on the left of the green or in the neighbour´s garden behind the green. This hole is really crazy, I have never seen something like this before. Don´t miss Nairn Dunbar Golf Links when you´re around the area or if you find yourself already planning a trip to Scotland. In my opinion really a hidden gem.