During my visit to Scotland I was invited by my son Neil for a surprise game of golf as a belated Birthday present. He picked me up and drove me to the secret location of the golf course …. I had absolutely no idea where we were going. As we drove past Edinburgh heading east and closer to Muirfield I was thinking …. no way …….. and correctly it was indeed not Muirfield but a new private course, Archerfield Links, right next door to Muirfield.
As we drove into the car park I realised this was a rather special (read expensive!) course indicated by the variety of high end cars in the car park. The clubhouse was very nice and before heading out to the practice ground we had a spot of lunch in the bar. After hitting a few balls on the range it was time for our tee off on the Fidra Links course which has the first 9 holes of parkland and pine trees and the back 9 a testing links course.
Situated close to the famous Muirfield Golf Course east of Edinburgh in Scotland, Archerfield Links offers two 18 hole courses with a unique combination of parkland with pine forest and traditional links. Archerfield Links is now a collective term for two new courses – The Dirleton and The Fidra – that have been created as part of the transformation of the estate into a luxury resort. Both courses were designed by golf architect David J. Russell, with The Dirleton winding inland towards Direlton village and The Fidra heading towards the coast and the island bird sanctuary of Fidra.
The course was fabulous and luckily the weather was also perfect – sunny, blue skies and no wind. The first 9 holes took us through pine tree lined fairways with some wonderful views out to the Firth of Forth.
The holes were very interesting with a large number of bunkers, some of which were rather daunting, making it a challenging course even under the perfect conditins we had that day.
The second 9 on the links course provided the usual links challenges, large undulating fast fairways, thick rough with gorse and of course a large array of pot bunkers.
As we headed down the 18th hole towards the clubhouse it was a great day out on a rather special golf course and a wonderful gift from my son …… and he also felt pretty good as he also won the match. Thanks again Neil.
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