Prestwick was a great round, and after our Kummel we voyaged north about 4.5 hours drive to the city of Inverness where we stayed at a great 12 room B & B called The Inverness Guest House, owned by one of the nicest couples, Doug and Kay Mitchell. I would highly recommend a stay there, as the rooms are spacious, the location is central, and the quality of the breakfast is excellent. The Guest house is located right on the Firth of Moray, 880 yards from the Nairn Golf Club. We played 36 holes at Nairn, and when we arrived, the Curtis Cup had just concluded on June 10th. We arrived on June 18th, one week later.
The course was in perfect condition, albeit very tough. The rough started about 10 feet off the fairway and was impossible to escape from. The best you could hope for was a chop out of about 20 yards. Scoring was tough and the wind and light rain were a challenge. One of the players in our group is a member of Sand Point Country Club in Seattle, Washington where the current head pro once oversaw Nairn. He believes that Nairn has the best greens in Scotland. I don’t know about the best, but they are as nice as you’ll find probably anywhere. The first seven holes are right along the coast of the Moray Firth and it is possible to slice onto the beach (which is not out of bounds) and continue on to finish the hole. This is a great test of golf and has a comfortable vibe. It is not pretentious at all and they treated us like we were members. If you go to Scotland and venture to the Highlands, Nairn is a great value, and I suspect that had we not been there one week after the Curtis Cup we would have scored better. I would give Nairn a “Should Play,” and with the cost of less than 100 GBP for the round, it is on above par for value. Next stop: Royal Dornoch.