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The Nairn Golf Club will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2012 by hosting the 37th Curtis Cup Match. The club was conceived in 1887 by Edinburgh-born advocate Robert Finlay, who rose to become a Viscount after presiding for three years as Britain’s Lord Chancellor.

The astute Finlay persuaded influential London friends to join as members. The property nestled on the shores of the Moray Firth featured a highland wilderness of gorse and heather for which Archie Simpson, professional and keeper of the green at Royal Aberdeen, created the original design. Later, Old Tom Morris totally redesigned the layout and extended it westward over the Earl of Cawdor’s property.

At the turn of the century, five-time British Open champion James Braid – he was the first competitor to break 70 with a 69 in 1901 – altered tees and bunkers before creating new green complexes. Then in 1920, new holes at Delnies were designed by Ben Sayers of North Berwick before, once more, Braid returned to contribute his expertise.

Just prior to the 1999 Walker Cup Match at Nairn, architect C.K. Cotton, did some judicious lengthening of the course to bring it up to today’s modern standards. Nevertheless, Nairn remains a classic links layout that Braid and others from his era would fully recognize.

In addition to the 1999 Walker Cup Match, the 2006 Scottish Amateur Championship and 2007 Senior Amateur Open Championship have been staged at Nairn.

As part of the preparations for the Curtis Cup, the club recently completed an extensive development of its popular Newton Lounge, Junior room and cloakroom facilities. The upgrade is part of ongoing plans to enhance the members’ and visitors’ experience at the club.


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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

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IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

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