The north of Scotland is eagerly anticipating the start of the golfing season after it was confirmed the Moray Firth will host two prominent golfing events during 2011. The European Tour’s decision to hold the Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links adds to an already exciting schedule which kicks off with the inaugural Nairn Golf Festival (www.nairngolffestival.co.uk) to be held at the Nairn and Nairn Dunbar Golf Clubs.
Commenting on the news, Alister Asher, chairman of the Nairn Golf Festival Committee, said the decision will have a profound effect on the area. “The European Tour’s announcement means 2011 will be a remarkable year for golf in the Highlands . It is, after all, an outstanding place to live and work, and with the Scottish Open and The Nairn Golf Festival featuring prominently, this year should see even more people enjoying this extraordinary stretch of coastline.”
Timed to coincide with the start of the golfing season, the Nairn Golf Festival incorporates a host of activities and events designed to help avid players and beginners prepare for the season ahead. Including a busy schedule of social fixtures, practical advice and opportunities to play two of the finest courses in the Highlands, the Festival combines fun, play and tuition.
Of particular note is an evening with Karl Morris, the mind coach to Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell and Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen who claims he can lower your score without changing your swing. In addition, a drinks reception, a R&A-hosted rules quiz night and gala dinner will ensure the golfing banter will continue past sundown.
But it is the opportunity to learn from the best in the game that will appeal to fervent golfers looking to cut their handicap. “We’ve brought together some of the biggest names in golf who, along with a team of experienced golf pros, will provide unparalleled guidance on how to improve your game,” said Asher. “Flexibility is key however. There are a variety of events planned so that both groups and individuals will find something to suit their taste. The golf, combined with a busy social diary, will make Nairn a great place to visit. After all, we want to welcome as many golfers as possible to one of the country’s finest golfing coasts.”
The Nairn Golf Festival will take place 11th – 15th April. www.nairngolffestival.co.uk