The Renaissance Club

Offered as a One Time Experience, and enjoyed by PaR nz Golfing Holidays on tour, The Renaissance Club in North Berwick is this week's Dare To Dream.

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The Renaissance Club, host of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Opens 2019 & 2020 is this week’s Dare To Dream.

The Renaissance Club (TRC) nestles on 300 acres of the famous golfing coastline of the Firth of Forth in the Archerfield Estate.

Immediately adjacent to the west of the course is the world famous Muirfield golf course owned by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG). To the east are 36 holes of golf known as Archerfield Links designed by European Senior Tour professional David J. Russell. Slightly further east is another world-renowned golf course named North Berwick West Links.

At one time the course made up a portion of the 1000 acres of Archerfield Estate, a famous and historic property that includes an old manor home from the 17th century. The club is the only portion of the estate that still remains on the natural windswept dunes common to the links terrain along this coastline.

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.

The Renaissance Club property is still owned by the Duke of Hamilton family, which gives the club an enviable position in the rich history of the area. The land for the golf and lodging development by The Renaissance Club has been leased from the Hamilton’s controlling trust for 99 years by The Sarvadi Family.

The Renaissance Club is the dream of a golf passionate American family, the Sarvadi’s. In 2002, on a golf trip to Pinehurst, the Duke of Hamilton’s representatives with regard to building a course in Scotland approached the family. After initially dismissing the idea as crazy, the brothers quickly realised the unique opportunity to build a course in the most historic golfing neighborhood in the world, on arguably the finest and most architecturally interesting links land in Scotland. Their father brought them together through golf as their successful adult lives made it harder to get together. The chance to leave a legacy for the game that has given them so much was too great to pass.

The club opened in April 2008 amidst the start of the Global Financial Crisis. It is a testament to the financial backing of the private investors and the wonderful course and staff that the club continues to thrive. 

Today we have a world-class golf course being touted for major international tournaments and fantastic lodging and dining for our members here in East Lothian. Most importantly we have an ever-growing membership of likeminded individuals from all over the world that love the game and respect the history of the area.

Jerry Sarvadi, one of 6 brothers and 3 sisters, has led the investor group of family and friends to what we have today. Jerry, along with his wife and daughter, has swapped Ponte Vedra, Florida for North Berwick just 3 miles from the club. He continues to play the lead role in the development and day-to-day operations of the club. 

The Renaissance Club was founded on respect for the traditions of the game. Tom Doak was hired to create a world-class course with regard to his renowned ability to move very little earth; showcasing the natural features of an incredible property such as Renaissance.

The greens crew hails from the local area and brings vast experience of links turf. The condition of the course is paramount and has already resulted in the Renaissance Club being approached with regard to hosting major international tournaments. At over 7300 yards, par 71, the back tees are not for the fainthearted. Fear not as the variety of tees (7300-5500 yards) allows members to mix and match teeing grounds on a hole-by-hole basis, usually dependent on the wind!

The club is also home to a fantastic practice area. At 400 yards long, stocked with Titleist Pro V1 balls and sheltered in the trees, the range gives you the opportunity to hone your game with the highly trained professional staff. In keeping with the family ethos The Renaissance Club run children’s camps, regular ladies mornings and of course one on one lesson options.