The Clubhouse, Golf Green,
Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5HU
18 holes. Parkland & open links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
David J. Russell
18-hole par-72 Dirleton Links (6,946 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 (Fidra 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.
Both Archerfield's courses possess their own unique charms and challenges. The first 11 holes on the Fidra Links, meander through the relatively flat terrain of an attractive pine forest. On the back-nine the layout heads into a more open environment, where grassy dunes, gorse bushes and deep rough give the holes a classical links-style character. The generally good-width fairways tighten-up from time to time, as at the short par-5 6th, while a superb variety of bunkering will test your course management and/or skills from sand.
Although laid out on relatively flat terrain, the fairways are full of bumps and hollows, while the large and immaculate greens are surrounded by sand bunkers and slick grassy run-offs. Amongst an excellent collection of par-3s, the 8th hole is seriously defended by two gaping front bunkers, both at least six feet deep!
At the par-3 4th and par-4 5th holes you glimpse the Firth of Forth estuary and Fidra rock (plus lighthouse) through the pine trees. Beyond these early glimpses however, sea views are not really a feature of the Fidra Links. Chances for outside visitors to play here are rare, but if an opportunity does come your way it's well worth accepting.
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.
Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.
Named after the archers of King Edward I* who pitched their tents here during the English invasion of 1298, Archerfield estate 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. Today, the newly restored Archerfield House looks out onto two superb David J. Russell designed golf courses - the Fidra and the Dirleton. Fidra Links takes its name from the small offshore island that can be seen from the 4th and 5th holes. [*Edward I reigned from 1272 - 1307 and was often referred to as Longshanks).
Scotland: 45th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5HQ
+44 (0)1620 850 542Visit website
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
+44 (0)1620 850 241Visit website
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.
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Dunbar; Kilspindie; Longniddry; Royal Musselburgh.
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