The Renaissance Club (TRC) nestles on 300 acres of the famous golfing coastline of the Firth of Forth.
Immediately adjacent to the west of TRC is the world famous Muirfield golf course owned by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG). To the east are 36 holes of golf known as Archerfield Links designed by European Senior Tour professional David J. Russell. Slightly further east is another world-renowned golf course named North Berwick West Links.
At one time TRC made up a portion of the 1000 acres of Archerfield Estate, a famous and historic property that includes an old manor home from the 17th century. The club is the only portion of the estate that still remains on the natural windswept dunes common to the links terrain along this coastline.
The estate is of great historic interest to Scotland, and this is why its restoration was a prerequisite in the planning approvals for The Renaissance Club. The area is also considered a “green belt” zone along the coast, normally prohibited from development. Renaissance received its development approvals and exceptions for golf and lodging to help it fund the improvements and restoration to the original designed landscape of the estate.
The Renaissance Club property is still owned by the Duke of Hamilton family, which gives the club an enviable position in the rich history of the area. The land for the golf and lodging development by The Renaissance Club has been leased from the Hamilton’s controlling trust for 99 years.
The Sarvadi Family
The Renaissance Club is the dream of a golf passionate American family. In 2002, on a golf trip to Pinehurst, the Duke of Hamilton’s representatives with regard to building a course in Scotland approached the family. After initially dismissing the idea as crazy, the brothers quickly realized the unique opportunity to build a course in the most historic golfing neighborhood in the world, on arguably the finest and most architecturally interesting links land in Scotland. Their father brought them together through golf as their successful adult lives made it harder to get together. The chance to leave a legacy for the game that has given them so much was too great to pass.
The club opened in April 2008 amidst the start of the Global Financial Crisis. It is a testament to the financial backing of the private investors and the wonderful course and staff that the club continues to thrive. Today we have a world-class golf course being touted for major international tournaments and fantastic lodging and dining for our members here in East Lothian. Most importantly we have an ever-growing membership of likeminded individuals from all over the world that love the game and respect the history of the area.
Jerry Sarvadi, one of 6 brothers and 3 sisters, has led the investor group of family and friends to what we have today. Jerry, along with his wife and daughter, has swapped Ponte Vedra, Florida for North Berwick just 3 miles from the club. He continues to play the lead role in the development and day-to-day operations of the club.