The Renaissance Club

Journal


A private golf club on royal land is Scotland’s hidden gem.


As famous lands go, there isn’t that many left with pedigree like this. Nestling on 300 acres of the famous golfing coastline of the Firth of Forth and blessed by a royal line, The Renaissance Club is born. That the land still belongs to the Duke of Hamilton’s family in a 99-year land lease program gives the club an enviable position in the rich history of the area. 

 

As part of the East Lothian collection of golf courses that includes the highly exclusive Muirfeld golf course, 36 holes of the Archerfield Links, and another beauty, North Berwick West Links, The Renaissance Club can stand tall and proud, owned by an investor group led by the golf mad American Sarvadi family, whose father introduced the game as a way to keep them together. The Renaissance Club represents that legacy.

 

And so, by swapping Ponte Vedra for North Berwick, Jerry Sarvadi, along with his wife and daughter, has taken a personal interest in the project since it opened in 2008, and is still involved in the day-to-day operations of the club. That they have grown in membership and stature is credit to the Sarvadis passion. Today, as many as five European Tour members are active here – Stephen Gallacher, Scott Jamieson, Richie Ramsay, Marc Warren and Craig Lee – who participates in medal play and enjoys the facilities with other members.

 

Designed by Tom Doak, of Bandon Dunes and Myrtle Beach fame, the estate is of great historic interest to Scotland, and this is why its restoration was a prerequisite in the planning approvals for The Renaissance Club. The area is also considered a “green belt” zone along the coast, normally prohibited from development. Doak has harnessed the rugged elegance of East Lothian's sweeping dunes into a truly phenomenal golfing challenge, perfectly suited to test any golfer.

 

With a recently acquired triangular piece of Muirfield-owned land which Doak fashioned into three new holes and the club's recently completed three-storey clubhouse with accommodation, the showpiece is finally complete, creating a tournament quality venue and world class golfing experience which is attracting these numerous tour players and worldwide attention.

 

In a game where privacy puts you further up the ranks, the Renaissance Club has a modern day approach allowing everyone to come and experience their facilities through the “One Time Experience”. This opportunity gives all those who love the game of golf the chance to experience what continues to entice new members.

 

For details about The Renaissance Club, membership, the “One Time Experience” or for further information, please contact Jordan Whyte on 01620 850 901 or email membership@trcaa.com. Visit: www.trcaa.com.