The Renaissance Club, East Lothian, Scotland
“The One Time Experience“ by Peter Craigon, Morton Golf Holidays ( 8/4/16 )
I was lucky enough yesterday to spend a day at the Renaissance Club which is a wonderful Tom Doak designed links course just over the fence from Muirfield. We were hosted by Stephen Walker who is the Director of Marketing & Hospitality and Russell Smith the Director of Golf. Everything about the place oozes class from the spectacular design by Doak to the sumptuous clubhouse and the 5 star accommodation. Our day started around 10am with a Big Renaissance Breakfast which rivals anything on offer at Scotland’s 5 star hotels and the Bloody Mary which accompanied breakfast certainly put a little zip in the step to say the least. After a warm up on their excellent range and putting green we played the course with the expert guidance of our forecaddie Gary who is a 3 handicap member of Duddingston in Edinburgh. This was a wee bonus for me as I used to be a member of that top quality parkland course is the 1980s and it was nice when Gary was able to tell me many of the guys I played in the team with all these year ago are still around today! Doak has done a splendid job in designing a top class links course which is fair and challenging with some wonderful views across the Firth of Forth towards Fife and beyond. After golf we relaxed over a few pre-dinner beers and for some reason my putt into a bunker on the 1st hole seemed to be a topic which caused my fellow golfers some glee ! We ended the day with a fabulous private dinner the quality of which would not have been out of place at some of Scotland’s top restaurants. All in all this was a wonderful day and even although the Renaissance Club is a private members club they are happy for golfers to play there as part of the One Time Experience. I will certainly be looking to add this amazing one off experience to their itineraries in the future!
Peter Craigon on the left, Stephen Walker on the right and two golfing buddies, Ronnie and Brian – wonderful view from the 10th tee.