Experience Renaissance Club

Experience Renaissance Club

Playing at the Scottish Open venue 2019

I have played several golf courses in recent years whereby the visit is labelled as an experience and in some cases it can be a way of marketing a game of golf for a higher premium.

This years host of the Scottish Open was the infamous Renaissance Club and it offers visitors the chance of a ‘One Time Experience’.

Renaissance Club is a private members club set between Muirfield and Archerfield, some pretty descent neighbours and a lot of competition in the East Lothian region of Scotland, a region which can only be described as a golfing Mecca.

So I was keen to see what awaits behind the private gates and winding driveway which is accessed via the Archerfield Estate. Turning into the Archerfield Estate and past Archerfield House heightens the expectation, the electric gates open and a winding driveway offer up a tiny glimpse of the course and practice facilities, on the horizon is the imposing club house.

A valet style drive through has an American feel to it, clubs are taken, introduction to your caddy and a very warm welcome putting you at ease and a very relaxed approach is noted. A quick tour through the clubhouse offering lunch prior to play or straight to the changing rooms and off to the practice facilities, we chose the latter as we couldn’t wait to get on the 1st tee.

As its a special day I decided to put on my best shoes, polo and trousers, you know how it is, somehow by looking like a golfer we think it’s going to help us play like one, yes golfers are a deluded bunch. Out of the changing rooms and we had agreed to meet our forecaddie up on the range. Pyramids of Titleist Pro V’s are laid on each bay ready for your discerning blows. The forecaddie relieves you of each club and gives them a quick wipe as you work your way through the bag. Warm up done and ready to do battle.

I had not experienced golf with a forecaddie and I was little apprehensive , I was worried that the additional pair of eyes on the tee may be added pressure that would make the day less pleasurable, as it turned out it couldn’t have been further from the reality. Our assigned caddie was not new to this and had all the attributes to put you at ease and knew when to get involved and when to take a back seat, at all times his involvement only added to the experience and made it all the more special.

Does the course deliver?

As you would expect from a host of The Scottish Open in a matter of days, the course was in superb condition, we played from the 5th tee being our first as that is how the professionals were due to play at the tournament. Renaissance is a links golf treat, great design by Tom Doak and a course that will continue to improve and mature as the years pass, some of the views are simply breathtaking. The wind blew, as to be expected, for the average golfer its a real test but playable.

There are a few surprises during your round which are revealed in the video from our day.

The One Time Experience

After completing 18 holes of pure enjoyment we were met at the 18th green side by a team member who relieves you of your clubs to allow you to return to the changing rooms and prepare yourself for refreshments. Now these aren’t just any old changing rooms! huge jacuzzi, sauna and steam room awaits and then upstairs for the post match meal and a look back on a memorable days golf.

The ‘One Time Experience’ is the title and Renaissance delivers on every level to ensure you leave feeling special, with a smile on your face and the knowledge that you have just had a days golf that will live long in the memory.