The Renaissance Club has it all, short par 4's, long par 4's, short par 5's and long par 5's, and short to medium length par 3's. The routing moves all around so sometimes one will get the benefit of the wind and sometimes one will face the teeth of the wind.
There are four greens that seem either too big and too contoured such as 2, 5, 8, and 12.
I do think this is a very good golf course, one that continues to improve due to tree removal and thinning of the grasses. The short sixth, the par four eighth, the tenth along the water's edge, the uphill fourteen and the splendid finishing par 3 17th and par 4 18th are the truly memorable holes.
There is talk of building 4-5 holes on the land the club owns that goes out to the firth. If that were to happen, the entire club would be transformed into a 27 hole complex but with 7-8 holes on the water. But even if that never happens this is a golf course that requires a lot of strategy on some holes for the tee shot, but mainly as to how you approach the green with your second shot, or tee shot on the par threes. The bunkers surrounding the greens can be very penal. It is rare that a sand shot can place one within six feet of the pin given the depth and placement of those bunkers. The course is very well maintained and the greens, while tricky, do roll true.
East Lothian has so many good golf courses, so building a new one that can fit in with the pedigree of the others must have been a real challenge, but Tom Doak succeeded at The Renaissance Club.
With regards to the 2019 Scottish Open, I would note the 22 under score and low rounds of 61 were on a golf course that was wet and so it was very soft for the pros. In normal conditions, I would have expected a winning score of 15 to 16 under.
Date: September 28, 2019