Knox Hails Course Improvements At His Beloved Nairn Dunbar.

Russell Knox has hailed the course improvements at Nairn Dunbar, as the club celebrates attracting 80 new members since golf’s return.

The championship venue has undergone a series of adjustments as the club prepares to co-host The Amateur Championship in June next year.

After receiving consistent feedback that holes 9, 10 and 11 had a more parkland feel, the club put a restoration plan in place to unveil as much of the natural dune systems and undulations as possible to promote a true links experience.

Course manager Richard Johnstone has worked on producing more firm and fast greens for links golf and undertaken a rough, gorse and tree management programme. The hard work appears to be paying off with the club welcoming 80 new members since May.

US-based Knox is an honorary member at the club and developed his game on the links as a junior. The 35-year-old said: “I’ve bumped into Richard a few times over the last few years as he has come over to the US to volunteer at some of the majors.

“I follow him on Facebook. I see the pictures and updates on the new holes – it looks amazing. I guess 9, 10 and 11 probably did stick out a little bit, they weren’t really like the rest of the course, so if they are now a little more ‘linksy’, that is only going to make the course better. I would love to go back and play the course again.”

Russell Knox chatting with youngsters at Nairn Dunbar

Knox, a former junior captain at Nairn Dunbar and three-time club champion from 2002, last played the course in 2018 when he came over for the Scottish Open at Gullane.

* Thanks to Danny Law, respected golf correspondent at the Press and Journal and also a good friend, for this story.


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