The Renaissance Club

The Renaissance Club

The Renaissance Club

The Renaissance Club | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Courses

The Renaissance Club is one of the newest golfing venues in Scotland, and it has quickly become one of the most famous, thanks to the annual hosting of the Genesis Scottish Open, usually played in the week before the Open Championship.

It is a private golf club founded by golf enthusiast Jerry Sarvadi. The course was designed by Tom Doak, and only opened in 2008.

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A Brief History of The Renaissance Club

One of the newest venues on the DP World Tour, and one of the newest venues in this particular part of Scotland, the Renaissance Club has quickly become a coveted piece of land, and one a lot of amateur golfers would like to play on.

Founded in 2008, the Renaissance Club was the brainchild of Jerry Savardi, an American businessman and golf enthusiast. It is a private golf club, and the course was designed by renowned architect Tom Doak.

The golf course officially opened for play in 2008. Five years later, the club acquired land from the Honorary Company of Edinburgh Golfers. That land was used to fashion three new holes, with the opening three holes of the course becoming practice areas for the club. 

The Renaissance Club has been chosen as a venue for various prestigious golf events, including hosting the Genesis Scottish Open on multiple occasions. The Ladies' Scottish Open and Senior Scottish Open have also called Renaissance home in recent years.

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The Renassiance Club is one of the longest courses on the NCG T100 list. It measures at more than 7,300 yards as a par-71. Only one par-4 on the course measures at less than 400 yards, with one of the par-5s at more than 600 from the Championship blue tees.

The course opens up with two par-4s which are both just shy of 500 yards. It is a tough start to the course, but it shows why it is a championship level venue. The par-5 3rd measures in at 601 yards, the longest hole on the golf course. After another tough par-4, one of the few birdie opportunities for the amateur golfer comes on 5, with it measuring at just 335 yards. 

After the par-3 6th, the final three holes of the front nine could be card killers. It starts with 7, the 593 yard par-5 that usually plays into the prevailing wind. The 8th is then the hardest hole on the course, a whopping 511 yard par-4 from the Championship blue tees. The 9th is then the first of three par-3s on the property measuring in at over 200 yards, and with trouble all around the green.

There is some respite in the early stages of the back nine, with the 10th only just measuring over 400 yards as a par-4, before the par-3 11th. At just 163 yards, it should be no longer than a mid-iron into a rather large green. Two tough par-4s sandwich the par-5 13th, which at 541 yards, can be reachable in two for the longer hitters.

The closing stretch at the Renaissance starts with a 214-yard par-3, one of two 200+ yard par-3s in the last four holes. The 16th is a 551-yard par-5 which provides another opportunity for birdies and eagles. The closing hole at the Renaissance Club is one that is now infamous, following the way Robert MacIntyre and Rory McIlroy finished the Genesis Scottish Open in 2023. A lengthy par-4, usually into the prevailing wind, it can be the final straw in a tough round. 

Where is The Renaissance Club located?

The Renaissance Club is located just outside of North Berwick, in a region where there is a glut of incredible golf courses. Muirfield, North Berwick, Archerfield and Gullane are all within a stone’s throw from the Renaissance.

The venue is located less than an hour from Edinburgh, with the city providing excellent nightlife, culture and heritage for visitors to see. Edinburgh Airport sits on the other side of the city, just an hour from the Renaissance Club, with international flights to a lot of countries in Europe and the world. 

What are the green fees at The Renaissance Club?

It is very difficult to find your way onto the golf course at the Renaissance Club, and if you can find your way into getting a tee time, it can be expensive. 

The Renaissance Club do something called the ‘One Time Experience’. 18 holes and lunch will set you back £300, but you can only play on a Monday or Wednesday.

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