Archerfield – Dirleton
Archerfield Links is now made up of two new courses – Archerfield Fidra and Archerfield Dirleton – These courses were created as part of the transformation of the estate into a luxury 5 star resort.
The Archerfield Dirleton twists and turns inland towards Dirleton village and The Fidra heading outwards into the coast and the famous bird sanctuary of Fidra. Top European golfer – Catriona Matthew, now a key player on the US LPGA tour, resides in nearby North Berwick, is an ambassador for the new development. Membership of the new Links is expensive in line with the sites exclusivity, with individual packages requiring an “up-front” fee of £35,000 and a yearly subscription of £1500.
Members are known to include sportsmen Ian Bothma Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs
The Scottish borough of East Lothian, situated in Scotland’s Golf Coast, is one of the Scotland must-visit regions for those who see links golf as the pure form of the game. Some of the world’s finest links can be found on the banks of the Firth of Forth. However, despite the relative youth of Archerfield’s new courses, the estate has been around since the early days of ‘gawf’.
The first recognisable course at Archerfield was laid out in the mid-19th century for the benefit of the staff that worked on the estate. Golfing great Ben Sawyers extended the 13 hole lay out to a full 18 holes in 1910 where it became notorious for its charming and compact design. The course continued to be celebrated as one of the finest up and coming course in the East Lothian area until the outbreak of the Second World War saw it taken over for use in the war effort.
The Fidra Links is a unique mixture of fast running links and pine forest. As a result, this course is like no other in the area. The Fidra course has played host the Aberdeen Assest Management Paul Lawrie Match Play earlier this month, which speaks volumes of the quality of such a young course, having only opened in 2004. Many reviewers have stated that this course will become a favourite in the East Lothian area as time goes by, while others argue that it already has.