Scottish Golf Courses

Nairn set to welcome leading boys in 2017

The R&A has confirmed that Nairn Golf Club will play host to the British Boys’ Championship in 2017. 

The Highlands club, the venue for the Walker Cup in 1999 and the Curtis Cup in 2012, will welcome some of the world’s leading young golfers as they seek to follow in the footsteps of Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia by winning the prestigious title.

It will be the Morayshire layout’s second time hosting the championship. It previously did so in 1989 when Carl Watts held off Colin Fraser to take the title.

The tournament will be held from August 15-20, with nearby Nairn Dunbar hosting the qualifying rounds.

“We are delighted the R&A has given Nairn the honour of staging the 2017 Boys Amateur Championship, said Nairn GC CEO Fraser Cromarty. “Hosting events like this and the Home Internationals in 2016 will put the club back on the golfing map where it should be.

“These prestigious occasions will showcase our wonderful links course and the wider Highlands which has a wealth of golfing attributes.”

To prepare for the events, a series of improvements to Nairn’s driving range and practice area have been carried out, with the club also upgrading the maintenance sheds for its nine full-time and four seasonal greenkeepers.

Cromarty added: “These improvements are part of our ongoing programme to provide the best facilities for our members and visitors, but they will also ensure we are on a par with other venues hosting major events.”

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