Situated at the heart of East Lothian, home to THE greatest concentration of Championship Links Golf Courses in the world, find out more about our proximity to one of the oldest Golf courses on the planet and our views over ONE OF THE newest 

East Lothian is home to the greatest concentration of Championship Links Golf Courses in the world, making it the ideal location for the ultimate luxury golf break. It is also home to some of the oldest and newest golf courses in the world, and here at the Villas at Renaissance, we are delighted to offer some of the most spectacular views over one of the newest courses in the area, The Renaissance Club, Home to the Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) Scottish Open 2020.

The history of golf in East Lothian dates back centuries and the county is regularly referred to as 'Scotland’s Golf Coast' boasting 21 golf courses stretching east from Edinburgh for 30 miles through East Lothian’s stunning coastline and countryside. It is proud to include amongst these courses; the world’s oldest continuously played course, Musselburgh Links (the golf club whose members drafted the first 13 Rules of Golf), Muirfield, otherwise known as the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers which has hosted the Open 16 times, and the newest club, the Renaissance Club, the current host of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (our balconies over look its 14th tee).

The County has played host to some of the world's most iconic golfing competitions over the centuries; namely the Open Championship on 22 occasions, Muirfield 16 times and Musselburgh Links 6 times. Willie Park Sr. the first ever champion was based at Musselburgh. The Ryder Cup, European Tour, Ladies European Tour, Seniors Tour Championships and World Hickory Open as well as every notable British Amateur Championship have all been staged in this small part of Scotland, considered to be the 'world capital of links golf'.

Golf in the area is not just confined to the coast with some spectacular inland courses including the James Braid designs at Musselburgh and Royal Musselburgh (the fifth oldest golf club in the world), Castle Park, Haddington and Gifford (regularly voted amongst the best nine hole courses in the UK).

Eight of the courses in this area feature in National Club Golfer’s Top 100 Links in the UK and Ireland (more than any other region), with Muirfield topping Golf Monthly’s list of Top 100 Courses in the UK and Ireland. This remarkable corner of Scotland, the ‘Home of Golf’, features a depth, variety and quality of golf courses which can compete with any golf destination in the world. It is little wonder then that ‘National Club Golfer’ voted the area the No.1 Short Break Golf Destination in the UK.

Stunning coastal vistas are offered in abundance in East Lothian with no better example than here at the Renaissance, stopping top professional golfer, Rory McIlroy, in his tracks, during his first round at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open in July 2019. Our balconies overlook the 14th tee (8th tee during the championship), becoming one of the most enviable viewing spots during the course of the tournament week.

Whilst basing yourself here at our exclusive use Villas, your golfing trip wouldn't be complete without experiencing the breathtaking view from the 7th tee at Gullane No.1, here you will find a 360-degree panorama described as the best view in golf, featuring eight of the courses in the area. Beautiful coastal surroundings also feature when playing Longniddry (host to the Scottish Open Qualifier in 2018), Kilspindie, Luffness New, North Berwick and The Glen. The journey along the ‘golf coast road’ comes to a glorious conclusion with Winterfield then Dunbar where three giants of the game Old Tom Morris, James Braid and Ben Sayers have created a course which lives long in the memory of all who play it.

Golf clubs on Renaissance golf course

East Lothian has played a vital role in the development of the history of the game of golf. Golf in Scotland was first recorded in the Scottish late Middle Ages, and the modern game of golf was first developed and established in the country. The game plays a key role in the national sporting consciousness. In terms of golf’s history in East Lothian, aswell as boasting one of the oldest continuously played golf courses, Musselburgh Links, it was Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, a notable golfer who fell foul of the Church for playing golf over the fields of Seton in East Lothian just a few days after the murder of her second husband, Lord Darnley in 1567 which attracted worldwide attention. Later North Berwick became the first golf club to include women in 1888. The ‘Mother of Golf’ in the ‘Cradle of Golf’ is all part of the rich golfing heritage of the area.

This rich wealth of historic courses is complemented by some recent additions. Craigielaw, which opened in 2001, boasts spectacular sea views and has been home to the ‘Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open’ for the past two years. It also hosts the Titleist National Fitting Studio.

Located here, at the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast, is East Lothian’s newest gem; The Renaissance Club (est. 2008), host of the 2017 Scottish Senior Open, a qualifying course for The Open 2018 and, as mentioned, most recently host of the ASI Scottish Open 2019. During this latter event, a soft opening was held at the Villas, when some of the world’s best golfers provided our new spacious exclusive use accommodation some great feedback while the event was being held at the Renaissance Club. The Rolex Series event returns to the Renaissance Club again this year.

For visitors to the Villas, Scotland’s Golf Coast offers a diverse choice of courses providing a rich variety of courses worthy of inclusion on any golfer’s bucket list. The county is also recognised as the sunniest and driest part of Scotland, and offers a truly authentic links golf experience supported with some outstanding parkland courses.

It is a regular occurrence for the departing golfer to remark on how welcome they have been made at each stage of their visit to the county, from the warm reception received both in every clubhouse and from club members happy to pass on notes on the history of their club and tips of how best to play their course. 

With such a wealth of experiences, both on and off the golf course, available on our doorstep, the only option is to return to the Villas at Renaissance again and again, until you have added all 21 of East Lothian's golf courses to your repertoire.

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