Tain Golf Club

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Rating

About the Club

Overlooking the Dornoch Firth, with the sea on one side and the mountains behind, Tain Golf Club boasts one of the finest imaginable settings for a golf course in the Scottish Highlands. Designed by Tom Morris, Tain was laid out in 1890 on ground where whins, bent grasses and natural bunkers provided all the basic ingredients of a traditional Scottish links. The sheltered location of the course ensures quite favourable weather conditions for most of the year and being situated in an area populated with so many great golf courses, Tain is an ideal inclusion for any golf trip taking in the likes of Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Carnegie Links, Brora and Golspie to name but a few.

Measuring just over 6,400 yards from the championship tees and little over 6,100 yards from the men's forward markers, at first glance the course appears relatively short by today's standards but when you consider that the par of the course is a mere 70, the real challenge becomes more apparent. A particular feature of the course is the presence of the River Tain, which winds its way like a serpent through the second and closing holes, thus adding an incremental element of challenge and intrigue.

On completion of the opening hole, which requires a none-too-easy blind approach to the green over a road, you are immediately faced with the unsettling presence of the River Tain. A good drive will leave a clear approach to the plateau green, well bunkered short left and right but anything topped, duffed or over-hit is likely to end up in the meandering waters of the River Tain. The gently doglegging 3rd hole, which measures some 435 yards, is rated as the most difficult on the course and requires a long, accurate drive to allow a reasonable strike for home in regulation. Another of the excellent holes on the front nine is the left to right dogleg, 9th hole, which requires an accurate lay-up and approach to a green surrounded by three bunkers.

The slightly longer homeward journey begins with two testing par fours of 403 and 380 yards respectively. The 10th requires a brave drive skirting the bunker on the left for the ideal angle to approach the well-bunkered green, while the 11th requires a blind second shot, over hills in order to find the target in regulation. And just when you have forgotten about the River Tain, it pops up again on the short 16th hole and is a recurring theme through the closing holes. The second of two consecutive short holes, the 17th is a marvelous par three of over 200 yards and requires successful negotiation of water and bunkers, while the par four 18th provides a fitting finish to a great round.


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Directions

Tain, from the South
35 miles North of Inverness, take the first right on the bypass, follow the road into the town centre and turn right onto Castle Brae (just past Gows Bakery).

Tain, from the North
9 miles South of Dornoch, take the first left on the bypass, follow the road into the town centre and turn left onto Castle Brae (just before Gows Bakery).

Once on Castle Brae, the course is well signposted.
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Tain Golf Course

Overlooking the Dornoch Firth, Tain arguably offers one of the best settings imaginable in the highlands for a round of golf . With sea on one side and the backdrop of the mountains behind, every day brings a different aspect to this challenging and beautiful course.

Designed in 1890 by Old Tom Morris, the layout of the holes guarantees an interesting round for beginners or experts. The sheltered location of the course ensures favourable weather for most of the year - winter greens are seldom used at Tain.

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70/70
PAR
70
SSS
6404
YARDS
130
SLOPE
Hole
Par
Par 2
SI
Yds
1
4
4
12
371
2
4
4
4
351
3
4
4
2
416
4
5
5
10
532
5
3
3
18
167
6
4
4
14
309
7
4
4
8
369
8
3
3
16
179
9
4
4
6
349
Hole
Par
Par 2
SI
Yds
10
4
4
3
380
11
4
5
11
374
12
4
4
5
372
13
5
5
15
492
14
4
5
1
397
15
4
4
9
330
16
3
3
17
139
17
3
4
7
211
18
4
4
13
371

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Club HouseHas a Club House
Club Hire offers Club Hire
Putting GreenHas a Putting Green
Pro ShopHas a Pro Shop
Practice AreaHas a Practice Area
Club BarHas a Club Bar
Driving RangeDoes not have a Driving Range
RestaurantHas a Restaurant
Trolley Hire offers Trolley Hire
Changing has Changing Rooms
Buggy Hire offers Buggy Hire
Lessons can provide Lessons

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