The Clubhouse, Golf Green,
Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5HU
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and open countryside.
David J. Russell
Above distances are for the Dirleton course. Also at Archerfield Links is the 18-hole Fidra Links (par-72; 6,948 yards from back tees).
20 miles NE of Edinburgh.
On the eastern outskirts of Edinburgh, at the junction of the A1 and A720 (Edinburgh by-pass), follow the A1 direction Berwick-upon-Tweed. After 5 miles take the Bankton Junction exit, and follow the A198 direction North Berwick. Follow the A198 through Longniddry, Aberlady and Gullane. 1.5 miles further east from Gullane, turn left into Archerfield.
Archerfield Golf Club (Dirleton Links): The private Archerfield Golf Club boasts two excellent championship golf courses - the Dirleton and Fidra Links. The layouts can be played by the club's members, their guests and visitors staying at the sumptuous Archerfield House, and other onsite accommodation on the Estate.
Much less tree-lined than the Fidra course, the Dirleton exudes the feel of a classic Scottish links throughout. This well laid out and stylish course gently climbs away from the clubhouse and into picturesque rural countryside. Along the way you pass stately Archerfield House.
The Dirleton's open, pleasantly undulating terrain is occasionally crossed by water ditches, with many holes defined by gorse bushes, grassy rough and stylish revetted bunkers. If your tee-shot strays into one of the many fairway-lining sand traps, a sideways exit back onto the fairway might be your only means of escape. Around the flattish, sometimes dome-shaped greens, mischievous pot bunkers also make their presence felt, as well as slick grassy run-off areas that will test your bump and run skills.
Although there are no opportunities to glimpse the sea (as on the Fidra Links), the middle section of the Dirleton's front-nine offers wonderful views over the course and back down to the impressive modern clubhouse. If you do manage to play here at Archerfield, you are guaranteed 36-holes of challenging and superbly presented golf, laid out in a quiet and scenic setting.
Archerfield Links is a private members' club. Guests staying at Archerfield's onsite accommodations can book to play on weekdays and weekends. A limited number of Visitor Experience tee-times can also be arranged, based on availability.
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.
Stately Archerfield House looks out onto the estate's two superb David J. Russell designed golf courses - the Fidra and the Dirleton. Dirleton Links takes it name from the nearby village of Dirleton and Dirleton Castle.
Named after the archers of King Edward I* who pitched their tents here during the English invasion of 1298, Archerfield has a fascinating story to tell. Its ancient past can still be seen in the form of a Scottish burial cairn now carefully preserved on the second hole of the Fidra course.
After enjoying a splendid period as a stately home, the house was taken over by the British Army shortly after the outbreak of World War II. The estate fell into inexorable decline in the decades that followed. Hidden away like a precious jewel it was brought back to life in relatively recent times.
*Edward I of England reigned from 1272-1307; he is often referred to as Edward Longshanks.
Scotland's 67th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5HQ
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Archerfield House comprises a small number of luxury bedrooms and self-contained suites that provide the opportunity for a very comfortable and high-quality Stay&Play experience. Staying at Archerfield House is the only way for visiting golfers to play the Archerfield Links golf courses.
Archerfield (Dirleton and Fidra Links courses)
Muirfield; North Berwick; Glen; Gullane (Nos 1, 2 & 3); Luffness New; Craigielaw.
Dunbar; Royal Musselburgh; Musselburgh Links (Old course).
Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5EG
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Located opposite 13th century Dirleton Castle, this long established family-run hotel is ideally located to access the many excellent golf courses in East Lothian.
Muirfield; Renaissance Club (private); Archerfield (Dirleton & Fidra Links); Gullane 1, 2 & 3; Luffness New; Craigielaw; North Berwick; Glen.
Dunbar; Kilspindie; Longniddry; Royal Musselburgh.
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