I am amazed that the courses at Archerfield are not ranked higher in the latest rankings. Maybe it is because the club is very private and therefore not many people have played there but I would urge the powers that be to think again. The hallmark of Archerfield is pure quality. The practice facilities must be amongst the very best in the UK. There is a huge range (with Pro v1s in pyraminds to hit) which can be used from either end. There are two great pitching areas with several bunkers and then a good sized putting green. The clubhouse is simply magnificent. The locker rooms are huge with Sky Sports and a team of men to attend to your every ened (including shoe cleaning!) and the restaurant and bar area is fabulous. What really sets the club apart though is the quality of service. Nothing is too much trouble but the staff don't fawn either - a really nice balance. Anyway, so much for all that but what about the golf?! The Fidra course is probably my favourite. As has been said before the first 11 holes run through the trees before opening out onto a more linksy feeling course. The great thing about the trees on the Fidra is that sure they are a punishment if you are in them and you will have to knock out onto the fairway but you will almost always find your ball and have a decent lie. The course is always in immaculate condition and their are no bad lies whatever the time of year. There is a good range in length of par 4s. Odds are that the wind will definitely play a factor and strokes (13 and 14) can play downwind and be a flick of a wedge in or two mighty blows to reach. The 12th hole is the signature hole and one of the toughest par 4s I have played. An accurate drive is required before then hitting a long iron over the waste area to a small sloping green with huge run-off areas. Must be the hardest hole to par on the course. This course is the kind of course which you can really enjoy playing. It is tough but not inpenetratable and it is definitely fair. I think it has more character than the Dirleton and is definitely one of the most enjoyable courses in the UK today.
Date: May 13, 2008