Cowden Hill Drive,
Dirleton, nr North Berwick, East Lothian EH39 5HS
18 holes. Links-style & parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
Woodland and coastal duneland.
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 Renaissance Club.
The Renaissance Club: Joining a small but growing number of American-influenced (and owned) golf courses in the UK, the Renaissance Club is operated as a private facility, only accessible to its members and their guests. The membership, which is drawn from wealthy golfers spread around the globe, enjoy a top-quality championship course, masterfully sculpted by renowned American designer Tom Doak.
Located on the Archerfield estate, with the two Archerfield Links courses to its east, and mighty Muirfield on its west flank, the Renaissance layout was largely carved out of 300 acres of coastal pine forest. The resulting course flows through a rather mixed environment, with some tree-lined stretches interspersed with others that are distinctly more linksy, and which exude the classic characteristics of open duneland golf.
The natural-looking bunkering, firm fairways, classic linksy rough and some huge roller-coaster greens all combine to fully test your game. After a more inland front-six loop, the layout majestically pushes out towards the Firth of Forth at the par-5 7th, with a stretch of holes as good as any in Scotland, finishing at the par-5 13th. The wonderful short par-3 11th will undoubtedly become one of the most photographed holes on the Lothian coast.
Private club; generally guests may only play if hosted by a member. Renaissance Club also offers a One Time Experience programme, allowing non-members to apply for a one-off stay and play opportunity at Club.
Players generally walk this course.
American entrepreneur Jerry Savardi is the driving force behind the Renaissance Club and heads a consortium of owners whose goal is to develop the Club into the premier private club in Scotland. The majority of members are expected to come from overseas.
2019 Golf World rating: 75th best course in Britain & Ireland; 29th best in Scotland.
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian EH31 2EG.
+44 (0)1620 842 144Visit website
Designed by the celebrated architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Greywalls was built in 1901. Situated on the edge of Muirfield’s championship golf course, this luxury hotel enjoys a reputation for the excellence of its food and service. As well as the elegant drawing rooms and dining areas the house has 23 en suite bedrooms, a walled garden, hard and grass tennis courts, croquet lawn and putting green.The hotel's Chez Roux restaurant offers a blend of classic French cuisine and local Scottish produce.
Renaissance Club (private); Archerfield (Dirleton & Fidra Links); North Berwick; Glen; Gullane 1, 2 & 3; Luffness New; Craigielaw; Kilspindie.
Longniddry; Royal Musselburgh; Musselburgh Links (Old course); Dunbar.
Main St, Aberlady, East Lothian EH32 0RE
+44 (0)1875 870 682Visit website
The award-winning Ducks Inn is located just a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, alongside the Firth of Forth in the heart of Lothian. Nestled in the picturesque village of Aberlady, this family-run 26-room hotel and top-quality restaurant provides an ideal base for exploring one of the best concentrations of quality golf courses in the world. In addition to scenic walks along Aberlady Bay, Ducks offers secure parking, free WiFi, conference rooms, an excellent bar and large screen TV (with full golf coverage).
Kilspindie (o.5 mi); Longniddry; Craigielaw; Luffness New; Gullane 1, 2 & 3; Muirfield; Renaissance Club (private); Archerfield (Dirleton & Fidra Links).
Royal Musselburgh; Musselburgh Links (Old course); North Berwick; Glen; Dunbar.
US Women's PGA Championship: located just outside Philadelphia, the famed Donald Ross layout of Aronimink Golf Club hosts the third women’s major championship of 2020 (Oct 8-11).
Scottish Open: first played in 1972, this year’s championship is again played on the Tom Doak-designed Renaissance Club course, which sits alongside mighty Muirfield in East Lothian (Oct 1-4).
Jim Furyk: in winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, “The Grinder” joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the PGA Tour Champions.
Georgia Hall: recorded her first win in an LPGA Tour event on American soil at this year’s Portland Classic, played at Columbia Edgewater Country Club … on the edge of the Columbia River.
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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