Archerfield (Dirleton)

Archerfield (Dirleton)

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Archerfield is a private members’ club with two outstanding courses; the Fidra is part woodland – more US Open than Open – and part links, while the Dirleton is much more similar to the other seaside venues in the East Lothian area. The Dirleton is a traditional Scottish links with sweeping fairways, deep menacing bunkers and undulating sand dunes bordering each fairway.

There are four sets of tees and is maturing beautifully, helped by the classy touches on and off the course: whether it be yardages on fairway sprinkler heads, sleepers over ditches or crushed shells on walkways.

Further, the numerous sand traps are mostly of the old-fashioned pot bunker type, complete with revetted faces and wooden stairs – always an ominous sign. The greens are again immaculate and those who enjoy putting on slick, pure surfaces will relish the experience.

Views of Dirleton Castle, North Berwick Law and the Isle of May are afforded by the sweeping nature of the course while Archerfield House frequently looks on as you play. The Dirleton starts quietly before an awkward par five, the 5th, and the tough 6th tend to take the edge off a good start.

On the back nine, tee shots suddenly seem to become more difficult with cross bunkers littering the fairways. There is more definition to the holes, being enclosed by dunes, sculpted by man and topped off with that classic element of Scottish links – gorse.

The 15th and 16th, strokes three and one respectively, are part of a stern finish – the latter boasting a succession of bunkers up the side of the dog-leg right which make for an imposing, impressive sight.

The 15th and 16th, strokes three and one respectively, are part of a stern finish – the latter boasting a succession of bunkers up the side of the dog-leg right which make for an imposing, impressive sight.

The 433-yard 18th completed, refreshment can be taken in the sumptuous clubhouse where truly no expense has been spared to create a truly regal setting for drinks, lunch and dinner.

As Archerfield Links is a purely private members’ club the only way to play there is either as a member’s guest or as a resident of either the Pavilion Rooms or Archerfield House. We make our judgments in golfing terms only, though, and let us merely state that Archerfield can be very pleased with what it has to offer.

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01620 897 050

Golf Club House , Golf Green , Dirleton , East Lothian , EH39 5HU