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Bob Charles holding the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1963


Welcome to A Different Life, the Members’ magazine for Archerfield Links. In this issue we feature Sir Bob Charles, Tour Pro Experience Golf Schools and the new Spa.

A different game 02 Sir Bob Charles The recently-retired New Zealander reflects on his life in golf 06 Ladies Scottish Open This unique Pro-Am event returns to Archerfield Links 09 Tour Pro Experience Golf Schools An exciting new venture with Andrew Coltart and Gary Nicol A different career 14 Matt Dawson – A Variety Performance The versatile sportsman talks about his changing career A different CAR 16 A Smooth and Graceful Machine The new Bentley Continental GT A different READ 19 Book Review Literary talent within our Membership A different SPA 20 Ready to Relax A preview of the new Spa at The Fletcher’s Cottage A different club 24 Review of the Year Looking back at 2010 28 Retail Zone What’s new in The Golf Shop 34 Diary Dates Lots of exciting events to look forward to 37 Partner Programme Businesses affiliated with Archerfield Links


A different place 38 Our Best Yet The Boathouse - Archerfield’s new waterfront development 40 Kings Cairn Buy into an exclusive lifestyle

PHOTOGRAPHY: Andy Forman, Ewen Forsyth, Getty Images, iStockphoto, Richard Mountney, Robert Pogson, Ian Rutherford WRITERS: Martin Dempster, Ed Hodge, Lewine Mair, Jan Masters CONTENTS: All contents of A Different Life are copyrighted with all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. With the exception of post consumer waste, all fibre in this publication is totally chlorine free.




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hough Sir Bob Charles announced his retirement at last year’s Senior Open at Carnoustie, he still has pockets of unfinished business. For example, when he played Archerfield’s Fidra Links on successive Mondays prior to the 2010 Senior Open at Carnoustie, he made a hash of the short fourth each time. Days later and those twin mishaps were still preying on his mind. “I didn’t hit the green on either occasion,” said the New Zealander, who is now 75. “On the day of the David Russell Pro-Am, my ball hit the green before sliding off the edge – and when it came to the Gary Player Invitational, I was bunkered. I don’t suppose I’m the first to note that it’s a particularly well-bunkered hole!” He loved David Russell’s design work and, though he did not have time to play the Dirleton Links, he knew from chatting to his fellow professionals that each course fitted as seamlessly as the other among the legendary links of the East Lothian coast. In many ways, the Fidra reminded him of Lytham, where he won the 1963 Open. “You don’t see a lot of the

ocean but you know it’s there. You can hear it and you can smell it.” Sir Bob approved the Archerfield greens and their slippery slopes, his feeling being that Russell had hit precisely the right note. “I like everything in moderation and all the greens I saw were very fair.” To no one’s great surprise, this legendary putter’s eye was in on both of those pro-am days. Where so many of his professional brethren like to experiment on the putting front, Sir Bob has always adhered to the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Throughout a professional career which lasted half a century, he used the same stiff-wrist putting action and the same Bulls Eye putter. “That way,” he explained, “I was able to build up a store of good memories, all of which did their bit to keep my confidence intact.” When he won at Lytham in what was a 36-hole play-off with Phil Rodgers, he had a frugal 26 putts in the first 18 holes – and went on to finish eight strokes clear of the American. In the eyes of many, the fact that Sir Bob was a left-hander worked for him rather than the reverse. Unlike those right-handers who are exposed to a glittering new array of


In the eyes of many, the fact that Sir Bob was a left-hander worked for him rather than the reverse. putters every tournament week, courtesy of the manufacturers, left-handers have always been so short on the ground as to be largely ignored. Sir Bob conceded that his head was turned a couple of times when there had been a few left-handed implements in the mix, but on each occasion the new gadget had barely had a look in before being banished to the garage.

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As Sir Bob told Tiger Woods when the latter asked about his long-term relationship with his Bulls Eye, “Whenever I was faced with a difficult putt, I always wanted the putter that had done it all before.” To which Woods, who knows what it is to have had a long term relationship with a putter – in his case a Scotty Cameron – replied with feeling, “I understand.” It was at the recent Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain that Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion, was looking along the latest line up of state-of-the-art implements when someone mentioned that Sir Bob had stayed with the same putter for 50 years. “Good heavens,” said a startled Lawrie. “I can’t get along with one for more than 50 minutes.” Though Richard Green, from The PGA European Tour, will tell you that he used to feel at a disadvantage as against his righthanded brethren when it came to selecting a full set of clubs, Sir Bob was never conscious of being in a minority group. In his case, he would have been more likely to feel the oddone out had he played right-handed because his parents both played the game the socalled wrong way round. “My father,” he said, “was the same as me in being right-handed in everything else other than golf. As for my mother, she started out as a right-handed golfer but turned round.”




when he was no more than 18, he did the unthinkable. Still an amateur and a teller in a New Zealand bank, he went out and won the New Zealand Open…

Sir Bob went on to confirm Green’s view that today’s left-handers, as a whole, are infinitely better catered for than they used to be, though he did not like the sound of a recent case in Edinburgh where the mother of a promising left-hander had been advised by one professional that it would be easier were her child to play right-handed. “That was a cop-out on his part,” suggested Charles. “He was probably in a hurry to sell a set of clubs. A child should always be encouraged to play the game whichever way round is instinctive.” Sir Bob started hitting balls at the age of five and when he was not too much older finished second with his mother in a mixed foursomes. The prize was a book by Henry Cotton which dealt as much with Cotton’s glittering, globetrotting lifestyle as his golfing technique. Charles, who was also a Ben Hogan fanatic, was smitten with the game – and stayed smitten. In 1954, when he was no more than 18, he did the unthinkable. Still an amateur and a teller in a New Zealand bank, he went out and won the New Zealand Open from a field which included Peter Thomson, the defending champion. Times were very different from today and Sir Bob continued to divide his time between working in the bank and playing amateur golf for six more years. At which point his father gave him a round-the-world air ticket and £1,000. “As luck would have it,” he recalls, “some early success enabled me to continue on my journey.”

Richard Green

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Bubba Watson: World top 20 left-hander

Having won the Open in what was only his third year as a professional, he proceeded to be a runner-up in 1968 to Gary Player at Carnoustie and in 1969 to Tony Jacklin at Lytham. It was in 1972, in a John Player Classic at Turnberry, that he came under Player’s wing in a move which almost certainly contributed to a level of fitness which even now enables him to play six rounds in as many days without feeling remotely tired. “Back at Turnberry,” he remembers, “Gary got me started on running – and every day there was this grand finale as we came bounding up all those steps behind the Turnberry Hotel. “I’m not exactly like Gary,” he continued “because he does things to the maximum. Apart from playing a lot of golf, I will go on a treadmill for 20 minutes

On the one hand,” he said “I’ve done more than my share of travelling and the time had come to slow down and spend more time on the family farm in New Zealand. On the other, I’m not a kid any more and I feel like I am playing against 50-year-old kids on the Senior Tour. I’m old enough to be a father figure to some of them.” There is, though, the matter of that aforementioned unfinished business. Since Sir Bob plans to continue helping Gary Player in his never-ending quest to raise money for underprivileged children around the world, he should be back at Archerfield before too long. The short fourth awaits!

four times a week. I don’t particularly enjoy it but it’s become a habit and a good one.” Like Player, Sir Bob watches what he eats, adhering to a diet which is 75% vegetarian. On those occasions when he is attending a dinner where steak is the main dish, he will eat it along with the rest but only because he would not want to give offence. So why, when he made the cut in a regular European Tour event – the New Zealand Open – at the age of 71, did he feel the need to retire?

SIR BOB CHARLES’S WINS IN NUMBERS PGA Tour: 6 European Tour: 4 PGA Tour of Australasia: 8 Champions Tour: 23 European Seniors Tour: 1 Open Championship: 1 Open Runner-up: 2



FORMAT FOR THE WEEK Monday 15th August Professionals arrive in Scotland

Tuesday 16th August Tournament registration

Wednesday 17th August Official Practice Round for Pros / Amateurs Welcome Reception in Archerfield Clubhouse

Thursday 18th August Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Pro-Am Round 1 Friday 19th August Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Pro-Am Round 2 The leading 15 amateurs will qualify to play Final Round

Saturday 20th August Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Pro-Am Final Round Tournament Prize-Giving A number of high profile celebrity golfers will be invited to compete alongside the professional ladies

Following the success of last year’s Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Presented by EventScotland, WSM are delighted to be staging the tournament at the stunning Archerfield Links. 2010 saw the re-launch of this unique Pro-Am event on the Ladies European Tour schedule. The tournament week will be Monday 15th August – Saturday 20th August. The event will be a 54-hole Pro-Am style tournament, with a field of 60 amateurs playing alongside 60 of the top Ladies European Tour Professionals. Amateurs will be paired with the same professional for the first two rounds (Thursday 18th & Friday 19th August). The leading 15 amateurs will qualify to play the final 18 holes on Saturday 20th August.

PRO-AM PACKAGE 1 x exclusive Amateur place in the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Pro-Am (Thursday 18th & Friday 19th August). The leading 15 Amateurs will qualify through to the final 18 holes on Saturday 20th August. 1 x VIP Ticket to the Tournament Welcome Reception and Draw Party (Wednesday 17th August). 1 x VIP Hospitality pass to the Tournament Hospitality facility in the Archerfield Clubhouse. 1 x Exclusive Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Pro-Am Gift bag. For further information contact: Sophia Tabiowo, WSM Sponsorship, One Bow Churchyard, London, EC4M 9DQ Tel: +44 (0) 207 183 4610; Email:


A Different Life magazine was lucky enough to speak to Archerfield ambassadors Catriona Matthew and Lynn Kenny, the newest additions to Aberdeen Asset Management’s portfolio of sponsored Scottish golfers. We asked them a host of quick fire questions to find out a bit more about them away from the course.

Which is your favourite golf course? CM: The Old Course, St. Andrews. I’ve played both amateur and professional events there and whatever the weather conditions it provides the most fantastic golfing challenge. It also feels special due to its history. LK: Abroad, my favourite course is Metropolitan in Melbourne. The high trees, the massive bunkers, the fast greens and the sunshine make it fabulous! At home, definitely my home course, Archerfield.

When did you begin to play golf? CM: When I was 7 years old, in North Berwick. LK: When I was around 8 years old. My whole family played golf so it has always been part of my life. If you didn’t live in Scotland, where would you like to call home? CM: The USA. Life is just so easy and convenient there, and the service is always great! LK: I can’t imagine not living in Scotland, but if I had to live somewhere else then Australia is a pretty special place.

What is your most played CD? CM: Unfortunately, it’s children’s nursery rhymes at the moment as that’s the stage we are at with our two girls aged 2 and 4! LK: Pink – Funhouse. I went to see her in Glasgow and she was amazing live. I love her care-free attitude to life and her songs are great for singing along to in the car. Which country have you visited the most in your lifetime? CM: The USA. Having played on the LPGA Tour since the early 1990s, I’ve probably spent more time in the US than anywhere else since then. LK: I think it could be Spain, but there are so many! My favourite destination is Mauritius – I was lucky enough to play in a pro-am there a few years ago and it was absolute paradise! What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? CM: If you are going to do something then always give it 100% commitment. LK: Practice your short game more than your long game. A good short game can save a bad round and make a good round even better If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you do? CM: Probably hockey. I played a fair amount when I was younger and was quite good at it. LK: 100m sprint. I was quite a fast runner at high school – I even won a bronze medal in the Central Schools Championships!

Top: Catriona Matthew Bottom: Lynn Kenny

Which golfer has inspired you most in your career? CM: Julie Inkster. I really admire the way she has combined bringing up a family with playing golf at the highest level. LK: Severiano Ballesteros. He is a legend. I was lucky enough to meet him in 1997 in Spain at the Volvo Masters and he was obviously very busy with media and things as it was his home event – but he still made time to come and talk to us and have his picture taken.

Which is your favourite event on the Ladies European Tour? CM: The Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open because I love the courses at Archerfield and, being on my doorstep, it’s a bit like my second home! LK: It has to be the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open. It is so special to play in front of a home crowd and to play over my home course makes it seriously exciting to participate in! I had one of my best finishes in the LSO a few years back where I tied 5th, so I am hoping to push up the leaderboard and would absolutely love to win at Archerfield this year. I really enjoyed playing in it last year – it was a nice break from the normal format as it is a pro-am event, so it was a bit more relaxed than usual. It was good fun playing with the amateurs and we had a good laugh all the way round! Finally, given the choice, would you rather a beach holiday or a skiing holiday? CM: Definitely a beach holiday. Life is fairly action packed already so I’d opt for chilling out on a beach for a week. LK: Beach holiday – my time in Mauritius gave me a taste of what a beach holiday can be like, and I loved it! Although it wouldn’t be a beach holiday where I lay about by the pool, I can’t sit still for too long – I would hope to be water skiing, snorkelling or something fun like that!






hen it comes to experience, Andrew Coltart is right up there with the best. After all, there aren’t many players who can claim to have faced Phil Mickelson, as he did in the Walker Cup at Portmarnock in 1991, and Tiger Woods, his opponent in The Ryder Cup at Brookline eight years later, in head-to-head clashes in two of the biggest team events on the golfing calendar. Add in the glittering amateur career that spawned a Scottish Boys’ title early on and also included a Scottish Stroke Play Championship. He then spent 20 years on The European Tour, winning two individual titles and a Dunhill Cup in tandem with Colin Montgomerie and Sam Torrance, so it’s difficult to think of anyone better to be imparting advice to members and guests at Archerfield Links, where Coltart is a member himself. His exciting new venture with Gary Nicol, who has similar experience on the coaching side, having worked with the likes of Andrew Oldcorn, Paul Broadhurst, Gordon Brand Jnr and the man who designed the two courses at Archerfield Links, DJ Russell, is perhaps part of the next phase in Coltart’s career. As a new door opens, he’s still keeping a foot in the old one and is determined to try and add to some of those incredible memories.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, his match with Woods is the one that most people ask about and, in fairness, they can’t be blamed for that, especially as the Scot found himself being thrown in at the deep end after Mark James, the European captain, had kept him kicking his heels on the sidelines for the first two days of that match. “I remember being announced on to the tee and thinking this is an opportunity to let Tiger see that I’m not about to roll over and die,” recalls Coltart. “I walk down the tee raising my hand, acknowledging the fabulous applause. We halve the first in bogey 5s and, despite chances, I’m two down after eight.” The now infamous lost ball at No 9 still rankles with the Scot. “It’s a blind tee shot, so you cannot see where the ball comes down,” he says, a touch of annoyance clearly sounding in his voice. “I pull it slightly, but not bad. There are no spectators bar three Americans on the hilltop on the other side of the fairway and, for some reason known only to them; they misdirect us 20 yards from where the ball was eventually found. Sadly for me, after five minutes it was gone. I’m three down at the turn.” ”Both of us birdie 14, par 15 and 16 and we are shaking hands. We don’t exchange many words, the usual pleasantries, and I’m off to


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support the rest of the team. Things have gone terribly for the team, the unthinkable could happen. We are about to lose!” For Coltart, it was to be his one and only Ryder Cup match, yet it’s a memory he cherishes just as much as those two European Tour triumphs and the Dunhill Cup victory. “It will remain one of the proudest golfing moments of my life,” he declares without a second of hesitation. “Only a few people have played Tiger in Ryder Cup singles and I played well.” He’s a popular character with his fellow pros and it’s easy to see why. He’s fun to be around and knows the game inside out, hence the reason he was part of the golf team at Setanta Sports and currently works with the Sky Sports team covering the PGA Tour. Apart from when he was in the thick of the action himself at St Andrews last year, he has been one of BBC Radio Five Live’s on course commentators at the Open Championship in recent seasons.

“AFTER 18 YEARS ON TOUR, I’VE MADE A CAREER, GOT A WONDERFUL FAMILY AND BEEN VERY LUCKY. IN qUIET REFLECTION I’M PROUD OF WHAT I ACHIEVED.” So, too, is Gary Nicol, with whom Coltart is now joining forces to offer a unique opportunity at Archerfield Links, where Tour Pro Experience Golf Schools provide the chance for members and guests to benefit from a ground-breaking amalgamation of Tour playing and teaching experience. Nicol, whose late father, Alister, was one of the best-known and best-connected golf writers on both sides of the Atlantic, started his professional career in 1987 at the age of 20 as assistant pro to Ryder Cup player Norman Wood at Royal Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He subsequently spent four years as Head Teaching Professional at private golf clubs, first in Hamburg, Germany, then in Graz, Austria coaching golfers of all standards. In 1995, Nicol packed a suitcase to travel on the European Tour as Andrew Oldcorn’s full-time coach. His reputation as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic coach soon spread and he has since successfully coached more than 25 Tour pros. Travelling to over 250 Tour events worldwide, coaching numerous Ryder Cup players and multiple tournament winners has enabled him to amass a wealth of knowledge of every aspect of the game of golf, which is reflected in his holistic approach to golf instruction. Now, a few suitcases and 16 years of Tour experience later, Nicol combines coaching professional and amateur golfers alike along with conducting a limited number of Golf Schools. Like Coltart, he’s a respected figure in the game and the pair are the ideal fit for a new venture at Archerfield Links that promises to be insightful, entertaining and, perhaps most important of all, a useful experience for all participants. From Coltart, they’ll take away valuable course management skills that have served him well over the years, while Nicol has the coaching skills to help bring the best out of golfers of all abilities.

MAKE AN IMPACT In order to strike the ball consistently well and maximize your power output, it is essential to understand what happens as you swing through the impact zone. This simple drill will improve your ball striking immediately. Start with your normal tension free address position. From there use your hands to push the clubhead through the ball until both arms are fully extended and the club has travelled two – three feet, allowing your body to start to turn through the shot naturally. Incorporate this into your full swing and before you know it, you will be hitting the ball solid, straight and long.





TOUR PRO EXPERIENCE GOLf SCHOOLS Two-day residential itinerary Arrive at Archerfield Links and check into one of our luxurious Lodges overlooking the Dirleton Links. The lodges are equipped with fully-fitted kitchens and the comfortable spacious lounges have satellite TV with Sky Sports and wi-fi. You can choose to dine in the Clubhouse or we can suggest some of the restaurants nearby.

Day 1 9:00 am 9:15 am 9:45 am 11:00 am 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Evening

Introduction Warm up Video Analysis: Swing Long Game: Keys to consistent ball striking. Hit it like the Pros. Lunch Video Analysis: Short game Short Game: Keys to getting up and down like a Tour Pro. Summary and recap At leisure

Day 2 9:00 am

Course Management: Learn to think your way round the golf course. 15th club: The mental game. 11:00 am Practise with a purpose. Prepare to succeed. 12:00 noon Lunch 1:00 pm Warm up 1:30 pm Play 18 holes on either Fidra or Dirleton Links

Dates June Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th – Gary Nicol Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th – Andrew Coltart & Gary Nicol July Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th – Andrew Coltart & Gary Nicol Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th – Gary Nicol August Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th – Gary Nicol Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st – Andrew Coltart & Gary Nicol September Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th – Andrew Coltart & Gary Nicol

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Price £595 with Gary Nicol £845 with Andrew Coltart & Gary Nicol Includes accommodation for two nights, breakfast and lunch on tuition days and two days golf instruction. * Archerfield members get a £50 reduction on the above prices * Minimum of four people required for each golf school * You can create your own bespoke golf school on dates that suit you (dates subject to availability) More information on Gary and Andrew can be found at For further information or to reserve a place, phone the Reservations Team on 01620 897050.

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MATT DAWSON: A Variety Performance


Versatile. Definition: Having great diversity or variety; competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another.

t’s a word to perfectly encapsulate Matt Dawson, MBE. In his sporting pomp, he was the scurrying, sniping scrum-half; a stalwart for Northampton and London Wasps and a fêted member of England’s World Cup-winning team in 2003. Now he is equally assured in the TV studio, the radio commentary box or the business meeting, he shows typical fleet of foot on the dance floor and is as confident in the kitchen as he was clutching an oval ball. His golf game isn’t too shabby either. Committed hardly does him justice, his hunger seemingly never sated, his energy boundless. “Rugby continues to open many doors through its family, me being one,” Matt admits. “I’ll never lose sight of that. I also throw everything at what I’m doing. I’ll prepare myself like I’m playing in the World Cup final whether I’m going into a formal presentation or cooking dinner on a Tuesday night. It’s the way I am.” Dawson is 38, but just as any viewer of the BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport’ will testify, his enthusiasm mirrors that of a feverish child hurtling to the tree on Christmas morning. I track him down during the Six Nations Championship, the tournament he craves for immediately after the New Year bells have rung. It’s windy and wet, but he never passes up the chance to talk rugby. He does it so candidly for Radio 5 Live, after all. “I grew up watching rugby, wanting to get a ticket to go and watch as a boy. Now I parade around with a media

pass, commentating on the game and people wanting to hear my views. If you break it down, it’s quite surreal. But I absolutely love it.” Rugby has long been in his blood. Although an accomplished cricket wicketkeeper and footballer in his youth – memorably turning out for Chelsea at under-14 level – his rugbyproud Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe steered him towards becoming one of the all-time greats in the No 9 jersey. His stellar club career yielded 723 points from 290 appearances; he is England’s mostcapped scrum-half (77) and a former national captain. Above all, though, his 15-year playing days will forever be highlighted by 2003 and England’s dramatic last-gasp triumph over Australia to lift the Webb Ellis trophy under the charge of Sir Clive Woodward. He and drop goal hero Jonny Wilkinson proved a formidable half-back pairing. “I’ve nothing to complain about from my rugby career,” he states, in another World Cup year. “Like everybody else there are highs, like winning the biggest prize with your country, and lows, but overall I wouldn’t change anything for the world. I also went on three British Lions tours, which were pretty amazing, and we managed to win one in South Africa in 1997.” Matt’s lessons learned in rugby – notably preparation, dedication, a winning mentality and working as a team – remain deeply engrained. His captain’s role on the everpopular ‘A Question of Sport’ has proved a natural fit, elevating him to a national

TV personality. He is now the fun-loving, passionate, knowledgeable team leader who can brighten any dreary evening. “I’m very, very competitive, there is no question about that,” the Everton fan agrees. “I don’t mind losing, it happens and you have to put your hands up, but I don’t like letting myself down. I’ll be away studying beforehand and trying to do my best against Tuffers (opposing captain Phil Tufnell). But, believe me, when the show is over I want to have a beer and chat to the guests, whether we’ve won or lost.” Matt doesn’t relax too long, not when his diary is crammed. He is a motivating, celebrity speaker in the corporate world – contributing to seminars and conferences from his experience in sport – and is a tireless supporter of various charities. Yet his most famous feats since hanging up his boots have come, perhaps with a hint of irony, in the typically non-masculine forms of cooking and dancing. Indeed, his results have been as equally eyecatching to those on the rugby field. In 2006, he took part in ‘Celebrity MasterChef’, quickly showed off his culinary talents and won. Then he waltzed to an impressive runnersup place in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. More recently, he presented his own cookery show ‘Mitch & Matt’s Big Fish’ for the Good Food channel in the company of chef Mitch Tonks and now hosts ‘Monster Munchies’ as teams battle it out to make huge dish creations. And let’s not forget his own cookery book, ‘Fresh, Simple, Tasty’, crammed with his favourite feeds. So what is his recipe for success?


“I’ve always loved my food, going out for dinner and dipping my toe in cooking,” explains Matt. “So when I did ‘MasterChef’, I just threw myself into it, like the dancing really, because I didn’t want to embarrass myself fundamentally. I really enjoyed being a chef, understood it and seemed to have a little bit of talent. I realised cooking had been an integral part of my life and will always be so. I just love it, whether it’s making a little snack for myself or working out what I’m going to make for friends coming over. Or maybe I want to make some bread, or bake a lasagne. Whatever it is, I just give it a go.” Considering his all-round sporting ability, with snooker and marathon running among his other hobbies, it’s a wonder golf never proved his calling. Or did it? “I’ve only played golf since about 2003,” the steady eight-handicapper, a member of The Wisley, laughs. “I took it a little more seriously when I retired from rugby five years ago. It’s always nice just to chill out, get away from it all and hit some balls.” North of the border has proved a destination of choice to unwind away from his hectic lifestyle. As all good golfers would say, they love playing in Scotland and love that Scottish feel. Introduced to Archerfield through the charity days held by Sir Ian Botham and Ronan Keating, he now makes the trip from his West London home when work and travel commitments allow. It’s always a delight. “Archerfield is now gaining a reputation from all sorts of golfers,” says Matt, who savoured the magic of the Masters when he caddied for Justin Rose in the famed Par 3 Contest in 2008. “Certainly the professionals are seeing it now as a great place to go. It’s just very accessible and yet you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. You get the full Scottish golfing experience. There are very few new clubs that have somehow embraced that. It’s really done a fantastic job to try and capture Scottish golf.” From Augusta to Archerfield. But ‘What Happens Next?’ asks ‘Question of Sport’. In the world of dynamic Dawson, it’s simply anyone’s guess. Fingers on buzzers...

IMAGES: Matt celebrating winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003, in the kitchen and with partner Joanne Salley.




a smooth and graceful machine THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT

Bentley executives took the wraps off a new model so striking and classically beautiful that it literally took the breath away.



any members will remember seeing Bentley’s mighty new flagship, the Mulsanne, at Archerfield last year when we were hand-picked by the famous manufacturer to host their global press launch. Over 150 leading international journalists were based at the house and we were also able to make Bentley’s most senior executives feel at home. Archerfield’s hospitality and Bentley’s renowned engineering skills proved to be something of a success – the Mulsanne featured on the front cover of dozens of magazines and the first year of production is already covered with purchase intents. Now Bentley is making the headlines once again with their new CONTINENTAL GT.

Of course, to a certain degree, all Bentleys are ‘Continental’ in so much as the founder and his successors would take cars to mainland Europe to test them. Such trips granted them access to the type of long, straight, empty roads that didn’t exist in the UK in the early part of the last century. It was these trial runs which played such a significant part in shaping the driving characteristics of all subsequent Bentley models. They would become renowned for their effortless ability to cover long distances at sports car speeds, but without making any compromises when it came to passenger comfort.

GT’s sporting credentials, remain unchanged. Bentley’s acclaimed 6.0-litre 12-cylinder twinturbocharged powertrain is still at the heart of the Continental GT, though output has been raised from 552 to 567bhp. It’s coupled to an all-wheel-drive transmission, which now features a 40:60 rear-torque bias instead of the 50:50 set-up of the outgoing model. This improvement minimises understeer during hard cornering, allowing the experienced driver to control the car’s line and balance via precise throttle inputs. A wider track, by 41mm at the front and 48mm at the rear, also improves road-holding.

There are many key dates in the history of Bentley Motors Ltd, not least January 1919 when a young engineer called Walter Owen Bentley – aged just 30 and on his way to becoming the automotive genius we know today – founded the company. But in the still-unfolding story of this iconic British brand, September 2002 is almost as important. At Mondiale d’Automobile – better known as the Paris Motor Show – senior Bentley executives took the wraps off a new model so striking and classically beautiful that it literally took the breath away. It was the all-new Bentley Continental GT. Even for a company in its ninth decade at the pinnacle of luxury and performance car creation, it signalled the first step in a renaissance. It was a compelling new vision for the revered Continental name and an exciting new direction for the company. Eight years and an astonishing 23,000 global sales later, a fresh chapter in the Bentley Continental GT success story is now being written. Fittingly, it began at September’s Paris Motor Show. The revised car is still a four-seat coupé and instantly recognisable for what it is, a stunning and modern design that captures the GT spirit. But now, and for the future, it has even higher standards of engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, everyday practicality and refinement. It is a car W. O. Bentley himself would be proud of.

Strictly speaking, a Bentley bearing the Continental name should be a unique twodoor, four-seat model that’s intended, right from the drawing board, to have more performance than its saloon counterparts. Such cars combine the qualities of luxury and bespoke craftsmanship – for which Bentley is rightly famed – with a distinctive sporting look. There’s no finer example than the new 2011 Continental GT. The beautifully sculptured body provides a crisper appearance, starting with the more upright ‘matrix’ radiator grille. It’s edged by Bentley’s traditional ‘four-lamp’ layout of jewelled light clusters which now feature LED daytime-running technology for the first time. The more defined look flows elegantly back to the ‘double horseshoe’ rear light profile, first seen on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne. The trademark flared elliptical exhaust tailpipes, which reinforce the new

The new GT is specified with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard with – for the first time on the Continental family – the option to upgrade to 21-inch designs. Two styles are offered: Elegant and split-rim Sports, which come in a variety of chromed and painted finishes. Thanks to Bentley’s advanced FlexFuel technology, the engine can run on both standard unleaded petrol and sustainable bioethanol up to E85 grade, or any mix of the two. And from late 2011, an all-new, high-output eight-cylinder engine will also be available to order. This advanced power unit will deliver a 40 per cent reduction in emissions compared with the W12 engine and will offer a class-leading CO2 emissions-topower ratio. The new GT is 65kg lighter than before, which means performance that’s nothing short of astonishing. It will hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds, 100mph in 10.2 seconds and power on to a top speed of 198mph.

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Open the doors and the contemporary interior offers new levels of cabin design, comfort and hand-crafted luxury. The new slimline front seats are even more supportive, while scalloped backs provide a further 46mm of legroom and easier access for rear passengers. Front seat occupants benefit from a new eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system, which includes a 30GB hard drive, state-ofthe-art navigation and Google Maps. Music lovers will appreciate the 11-speaker ‘Naim for Bentley’ sound system, created exclusively for the Continental GT. It employs revolutionary Dirac Dimensions digital signal processing, an industry-first technology that creates a virtual ‘sound field’ independent of speaker layout. The result is concert hall quality sound reproduction for everyone, no matter where they are sitting in the cabin. The GT coupé also benefits from telephone and music player connectivity, digital television and DVD movie playback. Music can be controlled directly from an MP3 player, as well as from a six-disc CD changer, SD card reader or directly from the car’s hard drive, which can store up to 15GB of music. Such modern technology for the driver’s pleasure is all a far cry from the first Continental, launched in 1952. Yet it was still very much a driver’s car, a smooth and graceful

machine with an assertive Bentley radiator and gently tapering lines that spoke of good aerodynamics and even better aesthetics. It was immediately recognised as a classic design and owners appreciate them, now as then, for their driving dynamics as well as for their beauty. In the intervening years, the Bentley ethos and attention to detail remains unrivalled and unwavering; such qualities apply equally to the car’s spiritual successor, the new Continental GT. In the three years following 1952, renowned London coachbuilder H. J. Mulliner & Co created 208 lightweight R-type Continental bodies mounted on the R-type chassis. It remains a high point in Mulliner’s long and distinguished relationship with Bentley, still celebrated today with the in-house Mulliner division for bespoke design and engineering commissions. The 1952 car marked the start of a long and proud heritage for the Continental name. The S-Type of 1955 kept the 4.9-litre six-cylinder engine, but in 1959 it gave way to the 6.2-litre V8 in the S2. The badge was also used on the S3 of 1962, but then didn’t grace an all-new car for more than 20 years. In 1984 it reappeared on Bentley’s version of the Rolls-Royce Corniche, a model known simply as the Continental. Seven years later, at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show, enthusiasts witnessed the arrival

It was immediately recognised as a classic design and owners appreciate them, now as then, for their driving dynamics as well as for their beauty. of the Continental R, a unique-to-Bentley coupé powered by a 6.75-litre V8. It led to the limited edition S with up-rated power output (1994), the Azure convertible (1995), the shorter chassis T (1996) and the Targa-roofed SC (1998). And the success story didn’t stop in 2002 in Paris with chief designer Dirk van Braeckel’s dramatic new Continental GT. Such was the strength of the original engineering and design proposition it inspired Bentley to create a 600bhp GT Speed and the convertible Continental GTC. Most recently the family has expanded with the 621bhp Supersports, a muscular 204mph supercar capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds. Bentley is tight-lipped about future variants of the new Continental GT, preferring its iconic design to speak for itself. But rest assured, this will not be the only one. It’s far too impressive to stand alone.




everal of our members, from across the world, have written acclaimed texts over recent years on subjects varying from golf and its history to how to be successful in the business world. Indeed, Archerfield has also commissioned a book about the long and varied history of the Archerfield Estate, which Irish author Brendan Foley has been researching for much of the past two years. Here we take a look at just a few of the books.

The History of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club, Bruce H Matson Bruce H Matson, an attorney in Virginia, USA, and highly regarded golf writer, published the history of one of the most famous golf clubs in the world in 2002. Most notable is the impact on which one of the worlds golfing greats, Arnold Palmer, made on the struggling club, which later became his winter home and subsequently the venue of one of the PGA Tour’s most prestigious events.

The Greatest Game – The Ancyent and HeaLthfulle Exercyse of the Golff, Hugh Dodd & Professor David Purdie The Greatest Game – The Ancyent and Healthfulle Exercyse of the Golff was launched at Archerfield in June 2010. This thoroughly entertaining read covers the history of golf and every aspect of the modern game, indeed no part of the game escapes David Purdie’s critical pen or the deft touch of Hugh Dodd’s paintbrush. Professor David Purdie is the author of the humorous column in Golf International and has written speeches for, amongst others, Sam Torrance as Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team. Hugh Dodd, a resident of East Lothian, has illustrations which can be found in private collections and publications across the world with caricatures satirising many sports including golf, rugby, cricket and hunting. As Colin Montgomerie writes in his foreward, what emerges from the book is the authors’ love of the game.

A Million and One Ways to be One in a Million, Steven J Heaslip Steve Heaslip, who is based in New York, has worked within the Human Resources field for more than 25 years, working with global brands including Unilever and Elizabeth Arden. His first book, A Million and One Ways to be One in a Million is targeted at a generation of Americans who are looking for maximum success by working hard and playing hard. This book answers the question we all ask, how to set yourself apart from the crowd to the maximum benefit, not just by doing a good job but being successful. Effectively, it tells us how to become one in a million.

The History of Archerfield (working title), Brendan Foley This book is not just about the place but about the people who have lived, worked, played, cried and loved on the Archerfield Estate for over 16,000 years. Each story has been built on a kernel of fact originating from the Estate, whether it is an arrowhead, antler or bronze ring. Others are built around the imposing structures such as the stony fortress of Dirleton Castle or the elegant Archerfield House. As Brendan takes us through the generations of history on the Estate, most recently from the rebirth of Archerfield House once a darkened ruin used as a grain and machinery store in the 1960s to a fully restored Palladian Mansion. One thing is for sure, the real star of the story is Archerfield.

Guardian Angel, Charlie Jackson Since 1994, Charlie Jackson has developed Change Management International into one of the UK’s leading personal and business development companies. Charlie views fun as a key part of work and is a firm believer that people learn more easily when they are enjoying themselves. Guardian Angel is a novel which is a captivating and thought provoking story of the lessons needed for successful corporate and personal change, in any field of business. It is an easyto-read alternative way of understanding corporate coaching through an intriguing story line.

All of these books will be available for Members to read at their leisure in the Clubhouse Lounge and we hope Brendan’s book will join them in the very near future. So why not order that latte, sit back and relax with an enjoyable read.





A new haven of relaxation and rejuvenation is on the horizon at Archerfield Links. And Spa Consultant, Sian Parry Jones is the woman with the visionâ&#x20AC;Ś



looked at where the sun rose and set and thought about how the spa at The Fletcher’s Cottage could best enjoy light every moment of the day,” says Sian Parry Jones. It has to be said that when she was contemplating the path of the rays, she was sitting in a golf buggy alongside other members of the Archerfield Links Team, as they traversed the sweeping East Lothian estate, deciding exactly where to site the easy-luxe, ravishingly rustic pamper zone, due to open later this year. For Sian, the chance to help plan a spa from the grass roots – quite literally – has proven to be a dream opportunity. “I keep talking about the place as if it’s mine,” she confesses. “That’s how passionate I am about it.” Christened ‘The Fletcher’s Cottage’ because this is the area where bows were made for the archers of King Edward I, the spot is perfect. Fringed with trees. Freshened with that breathe-it-in breeze from the sea. Far enough into the heart of nature to benefit from its de-stressing influence. Close enough to the clubhouse so you can be back for a pre-dinner

cocktail before you can say ‘sumptuous seaweed wrap’. “We are creating something that feels like a characterful old building, with lovely reclaimed materials that already exist on the estate. After all, there’s so much history on this land. “We also want to create facilities and treatments that are utterly spoiling and manfriendly too (sports massages are tailor-made for out-of-the-rough and just-off-the-green tired muscles). I think spas should not only be relaxing but also invigorating and welcoming. The last thing we want is something coolly minimalist or coldly clinical,” she affirms. No chance of that. Think warmth and texture. Natural stone. Mellow bricks. Walls of logs. Smooth-on-the-soles, solid wood floors. A relaxation space with a big fireplace. A place to kickback and cradle a hot toddy (yes, that’s very much allowed) encircled by an enchanting walled garden which benefits from the area’s benevolent microclimate. A vision that dovetails effortlessly with the ethos of

Think warmth and texture. Natural stone. Mellow bricks. Walls of logs. Smooth-on-thesoles, solid oak floors. Archerfield Links. A refreshing rejection of outmoded cliques and rigid rules. In fact, it was Sir Ian Botham who, on hearing Archerfield wanted to build its own spa, suggested that Sian Parry Jones was the woman to do it. She is a renowned beauty expert, having been Sales Director for Aveda in the UK and Managing Director for the Urban Retreat Group, including the one in Harrods. She has also set up spas around the globe. From Heathrow to JFK. From Mallorca to Antigua (a garden spa she placed elegantly on stilts). But there’s more to her spa-centric skills than a CV can ever convey. Sian simply has a natural sense of style. You can see it in the way she sources picture-perfect yet practical




Can’t you feel your skin toning up and your mind going all marshmallowy already?

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In short, she has imagination… all sorts of unique treatments and decorative touches with great charm are being considered elements for all her projects – a skill she used to great effect as Head of Personal Shopping and Lifestyle Service, again at Harrods. In short, she has imagination. Which is why at The Fletcher’s Cottage all sorts of unique treatments and decorative touches with great charm are being considered, such as lights suspended on lengths of hessian for magical illumination and the hot tubs in the garden that look like deep cauldrons, in which she will steep giant linen teabags of seaweed. Can’t you feel your skin toning up and your

mind going all marshmallowy already? You’ll be warm as toast in the rich-coloured, oh-so snugly robes created by SOKO in Kenya, an ethical workshop near Ukunda, committed to sustainable, fair employment. Better still, with every item sold – check out the covetable Kikoi wraps – a contribution will help send a student in the local community to the polytechnic to train as a tailor. The spa’s skincare lines aren’t run-of-the-mill either, including the handmade organic range from Spiezia, the dreamy oils from Aromatherapy Associates, foot-fabulous treats from Margaret Dabbs and face and body products from Voya, a family-owned Irish company, its formulations starring natural seaweed. Voya is also planning to work with Archerfield to use seaweed gathered locally for seaweed baths – expect to see harvests in hessian sacks all hanging out to dry on lines – and after

their therapeutic use, these wild and watery plants will be ploughed back into the soil of the walled garden. Certainly, Sian knows how to put together a tempting treatment menu. When to tap into ideas such as the Brechelbath, which is based on the Alpine region’s ancient farming culture and a herbal steam bath with mild humid heat and increasing temperatures which have a purifying effect. When to indulge in the slick and super-modern – stretch out on the massage beds with lumbar supports to rival a luxury car. When to be adventurous – like constructing a Hamam out of slate. “Without doubt, this is one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever worked on,” concludes Sian Parry Jones, as she creates a retreat to relish, a million miles away from the stresses of modern life. There is one potential problem with The Fletcher’s Cottage however. Having to leave.



THE DJ RUSSELL INVITATIONAL PRO-AM The DJ Russell Invitational Pro-Am was held on July 12th on the Fidra Links. 26 teams were joined by a host of famous names from the world of golf including Major winners Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Wayne Grady and Sir Bob Charles to name but a few. The event was sponsored by United Airlines, Hugo Boss, Harvey Nichols, Mercedes-Benz of Edinburgh, Titleist, Perrier-Jouët Champagne and St. James’s Place. Whilst none of the amateurs managed a hole-in-one on the 17th where a Mercedes was up for grabs, DJ himself had a hole-in-one on the 4th. • 3rd: John Thomson, Melvyn Strand, Charlie Philp and Wayne Grady with 86 points • 2nd: George Sypert, Stanley Sokolowski, Mark Sokolowski and Peter Baker with 87 points • Winners: The team playing with Delroy Cambridge including Archerfield member Stephen Crawley and his guests Gavin Hamilton and Ian Norman with 89 points



Sir Ian Botham and Darren Clarke Celebrity Invitational 23 teams competed over two days on September 20th and 21st when hosts Sir Ian Botham and Darren Clarke were joined by European Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, as well as stars from the world of sport and entertainment. Ladbrokes sponsored the Race Night in the Marquee by the waterfront after Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf. On Tuesday the players were entertained by Cole Page, DJ Spoony, Mark Knopfler and Tom Chaplin after a fantastic charity auction which raised in excess of ÂŁ200,000 for the two charities, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Darren Clarke Foundation. Partners in the event included Nike, Jaguar, Vista Jet, International Watch Company, Billecart-Salmon Champagne, Maui Jim Sunglasses and Ladbrokes.




THE MASTERS SERIES Archerfield Links created this unique event, which allowed members to enjoy and compete for the chance to experience The Masters. John McCluskey and John Tickle enjoyed the their prize of staying in the company of Gary Player, whilst Richard McGuire and David Millar were hosted by International Sports Management, whose stable of Professionals included the eventual Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel. Said David, “Westwood, McIlroy and Schwartzel were in attendance every day with the highlight being when Charl turned up wearing his green jacket late on Sunday evening signing autographs and posing for photos. As you can tell it was a fabulous experience for a golf fanatic like myself and it was something that I could have never experienced had I not been a member at Archerfield Links.” Richard added: “It was an incredible experience from start to finish, walking the hallowed turf and being part of the echo of roars was staggering. A unique event throughout, from the magnificent Masters Series at Archerfield Links topped off magically at Augusta by sharing a few bunker tips from Charl Schwartzel following his victory and taking his place in history.” John McCluskey was also highly enthusiastic about his once in a lifetime experience. “Competing and winning this prize here at Archerfield Links will stay with me just as long as the Masters trip itself, which was an awesome experience, but especially to meet the legend Gary Player and receive his hospitality during the stay made it such a memorable trip.”

Competition Results Nisbet Hamilton Trophy (Spring Meeting) Winner: Colin Ross 73 Runner Up: Iain Gilchrist 74 3rd Place: Rory Waddell 75 Law Trophy (Summer Meeting) Winner: Andrew Johnston 71 Runner Up: Melvyn Strand 72 3rd Place: Barrie Whitehall 73 (BB9) Penn Cup (Autumn Meeting) Winner: Jim Brown 70 (BB9) Runner Up: Alex Lamb 70 3rd Place: Richard Slater 71 Club Championship (36 hole totals) Men’s Gross Winner: Kevin Connachan 148 Runner Up: Lee Pargeter 154 Men’s Nett Winner: George McNeill 143 Runner Up: Peter Corta 145 (Better second round score) Ladies Gross Winner: Caroline Johnstone 163 Runner Up: Barbara Biggart 185 Ladies Nett Winner: Alison Murphy 154 Runner Up: Lynn Logan 158 Members Trophy Winners (Foursome Match Play) John McCluskey & Ron Porteous

2010 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson with 2011 Champion Charl Schwartzel

Adams Trophy Winner (Men’s Singles Match Play) Peter Corta Stevenson Trophy Winner (Ladies Singles Match Play) Angela Kerr McDonald Medal Winner (Scratch Match Play) Kevin Connachan Winter League Alex Lamb

2010 Major Winners




A selection of new lines for 2011. Call into the shop to view the full range of collections available this season.

v MARBAS Marbas is an Italian clothing manufacturer that has been producing the world’s best fabrics since 1980. The company introduced its own golf line in 2001 and now supplies many of the world’s best and most famous clubs and resorts. Using only the finest natural fabrics, double mercerised Mako Egyptian cotton for the shirts and Baruffa Cashwool for sweaters, knitted with extra fine needles, the garments offer a lightweight, luxury feel and performance for the discerning customer. Marbas is very proud to manufacture the Archerfield collection.

w JOHN SMEDLEy It’s John Smedley’s eye for detail that sets us apart. That’s why all our garments are dyed to our specifications and to our specially selected seasonal colour palette. Our Merino garments are made from yarn that has already been dyed to give it such deep colours and superb colour fastness, which means it won’t fade or bleed. The finest Derbyshire spring water from our own natural source is used for wet finishing and dyeing. John Smedley continues to expand and innovate. Our latest collections are some of our best ever and we continue to break new ground. It’s our commitment to quality that sets us apart from other manufacturers.

w CALLAwAy In collaboration with Lamborghini, Callaway has developed a revolutionary material called Forged Composite that is lighter and stronger than titanium and can be found in the striking new Diablo Octane Black and RAZR Hawk drivers. Made up of millions of randomly arranged turbostratic fibres, Forged Composite enables Callaway engineers to create clubheads that are lighter, more stable and more powerful than ever before.

BELIEVE IN REAL DRIVING POWER. Lighter. Faster. Stronger. Those were the goals at Callaway and at Lamborghini. Together we created a new material called Forged Composite.™ With an incredible power-to-weight ratio, Forged Composite makes the new Sesto Elemento Lamborghini lighter and faster and the Diablo Octane™ Driver over five yards longer off the tee.* Learn more at

© 2011 Callaway Golf Company. Callaway, the Chevron Device, Diablo Octane and Forged Composite are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Callaway Golf Company. *Estimate for European version of Diablo Octane based on the average total distance at a 95% confidence level from player testing done at Callaway Golf during 2010 comparing U.S. version of Diablo Octane and Diablo Edge Drivers. The name Lamborghini and Automobili Lamborghini, the name Sesto Elemento as well as the logo with the bull in the shield are registered trademarks of Automobili Lamborghini Holding Spa.



POLO GOLF WOMENSWEAR 2011 The Spring-Summer Womenswear collection approaches golf in a unique, feminine way, exhibiting elegant designs and pretty colours. Spring items are divided into two different inspirations. The first one is breathtakingly airy and pretty using white technical fabrics along with pastel pink, soft blue and navy with icy silver as a stylish contrast. The second is a combination of fashion and function based on a confident, sporty â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fashionistaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Summer items are in an assortment of colours such as yellow, navy, royal and green with high polish silver trim and glamorous embroidery giving a modern edge.

POLO GOLF MENSWEAR 2011 The Spring-Summer Menswear collection is a sophisticated collection of distinctive patterns, elegant colours and luxurious fabrics. Spring items represent two golf styles and are made up of cotton and silk blend sweaters and soft twill trousers. One is inspired by a rich history and heritage with a chic colour palette of cream and tan combined with soft shades, while the other is dynamic and modern in an array of bright colours. Summer items are lightweight and follow the traditional Preppy Polo trend with stripes and colour blocks in beautiful soft colours.


v JOULES This season Joules have brought the country to town with twists of colour, prints and hidden details. Prepare to give your wardrobe a breath of fresh air with clothing for the whole family, designed to last season after season. Mix country heritage and city chic with vibrant combinations of colour and contrasting fabrics. Get ready to discover vintage prints and hidden details and introduce your wardrobe to a world of playful styles and classic twists. Made for a walk down a winding country lane and yet equally at home standing out from the crowd on the high street. This collection is all that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to start embracing your country side.




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w PEAK PERFORMANCE Peak Performance is Scandinaviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest clothing label in the functional sportswear sector with premium products developed for activities such as skiing, training and golf, and for relaxing in ski resorts, in cities, or beside the sea. Whatever we take on, Peak Performance will always be a Mountain Resort Brand. We live and breathe our brand name and with more passion than ever before. Our products and everything we do continue to adhere to the simple philosophy envisaged by our founder way back when everything began: Doing things and making products the way we want them to be. Peak Performance golf products are endorsed by players such as Fredrik Jacobson, Peter Hedblom, Mikko Ilonen and Richie Ramsay.

La Perla Estates are proud to present the Luxury Properties at Las Colinas Golf in Spain Within the heart of Las Colinas Golf and Country Club is a special location looking down and along the 18 hole championship golf course to the Mediterranean sea in the near distance and surrounded by over 10,000 hectares of Mediterranean woodland, where the golf course and the housing blend naturally into the landscape. Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is an exclusive residential community with a low housing density, built around an 18-hole championship golf course. In a privileged spot south of Alicante and very close to the coast, it is extremely well served, has an extraordinary climate, and stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor lagoon. The beach club is private and very exclusive. Bill Connerty - La Perla Estates Office: 0034 966 701 711 - Mobile: 0034 609 619 419 Email: Alan Murray Tel 0044 1620 897050 -

Prices start from â&#x201A;Ź240,000 for a luxury residence plus free golf for 2 persons for 10 years -



May 14th Nisbet Hamilton Trophy Fidra Links

July 9th Law Trophy Dirleton Links

July 12th & 13th Ian Woosnam Pro-Am Fidra and Dirleton Links

August 6th & 7th Club Championship (6th Fidra Links; 7th Dirleton Links)



August 18th – 20th Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open Fidra Links

August 22nd DJ Russell Invitational Pro-Am Fidra Links

August 26th & August 27TH Members’ Summer Balls

September 28th Ladies Day Dirleton Links

October 16th Penn Cup Fidra Links

November 4th Fireworks Night




Archerfield Links has an affiliation with the businesses featured. For further information contact the Members’ Services Team



Your own personal travel concierge, exclusive to you. Tel: 028 7035 2877;

Christchurch, New Zealand Tel: +64 (0) 3 3602146;

For busy professionals, free time enjoyed with families and loved ones is extremely precious, so let us help you make the most of it. From organising private jets to your destination, to finding the perfect location, hotel, villa or yacht, every detail will be refined to perfection and meticulously planned to ensure that you have the holiday of your dreams. Driven by a passion for discovering the world’s secrets, Wayne Pollock and his multi-award winning team of seven senior consultants have travelled the globe and have amassed over 150 years of experience in creating holidays that are special in every detail.

Set within 465 acres and just minutes from Christchurch International Airport and close to the CBD, New Zealand’s premier lifestyle resort has something for everyone. Enjoy the driving range, practice putting greens, tennis courts, extensive walking trails, on-site fly fishing and popular Lakes Cafe. Play the par 72 championship golf course, home of the NZ PGA Championship. Designed by John Darby in consultation with New Zealand golfing legend, Sir Bob Charles, the course combines elements of links golf inspired by the great Scottish courses with parkland golf, more reminiscent of Florida. The course is playable year-round and there are five tee positions to suit players of all abilities.

Four Seasons Preferred Partners Bellini Club Members Orient Express Trains & Cruises

Exclusive offer for Archerfield Members Archerfield members receive reciprocal rights at the Green Fee of NZ$50



Ewen Forsyth Photography, Lauder, TD2 6TP Tel: 01578 722411;

Andalucia, Spain Tel: + 34 95 282 2211;

A creative photographic portrait of your children, family or even your pets will bring you happiness, pleasure and stay with you for ever.

The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, located on the shores of the Mediterranean, benefits from one of the best climates in Europe.

As one of the UK’s most awarded photographers, renowned for his eye for detail and for finding that something very special in his photographic subjects, Ewen Forsyth invites you to take advantage of a special Archerfield Links Members’ discount on a Portrait Session at his Breaking Glass Studio.

It offers a unique blend of old and new allowing guests to take pleasure in the luxurious and intimate atmosphere surrounded by exuberant gardens steeped in history. Visitors can also enjoy the exquisite cuisines and excellent service of the restaurants, as well as the Beach Club, Golf Club, Riding Stables and Thalasso Spa. A stay at the Marbella Club Hotel offers an unforgettable experience and distinctive touch.

From the moment you arrive at Ewen’s studio, you will feel relaxed by his easy going charm. Forget that worry about the camera as he will soon have you totally at ease and the fear of posing will have vanished.




Set within our waterfront development, close to Marine Villa and overlooking Fidra Island sits the latest addition to the Archerfield portfolio of accommodation.


he Boathouse is a truly fantastic property that sits within an additional 28 acres of land at the north edge of the Archerfield Estate. With its beautiful gardens and breathtaking sea views, it is the ideal retreat for entertaining and hosting a variety of very special functions.

The property consists of 4 large en-suite bedrooms which are situated on the ground floor. All these rooms can be set as double or twin beds, accommodating up to 8 people in all. Upstairs there is a beautiful open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge which leads onto a balcony offering unrivalled views of the Firth of Forth and the Fife coastline beyond. There is also a second balcony which overlooks the adjacent tennis court. As with all the facilities at Archerfield Links, The Boathouse has been finished to the very highest standard. However, no words or photographs will truly reflect the beauty and tranquillity of this house. Quite simply, it must be seen to be believed. The Boathouse is now available to hire on a nightly basis at a cost of ÂŁ1,850 per night (inclusive of VAT) and includes a breakfast prepared by one of our chefs within The Boathouse. For an additional fee, we can also provide a chef to prepare a wonderful evening meal for you and your guests. If you would like further information about using The Boathouse, please contact Alan Murray on 01620 897050 or

87 george street edinburgh eh2 3ey telephone 0131 225 4898 52 beauchamp place london sw3 1ny telephone 020 7589 3215



KINGS CAIRN AT ARCHERFIELD LINKS With the launch of Kings Cairn at Archerfield, you have a unique opportunity to buy into Scotland’s most exclusive lifestyle in a most convenient and tax-efficient manner.


estled within the residential plots, which will be available for sale, are a select number which are being held to form part of the Archerfield portfolio of accommodation. You have the opportunity to design your own bespoke property in a beautiful, natural environment, which will then become part of the accommodation at Archerfield Links. So that guests have a place to relax during their busy schedule, we’ll take care of it and manage it as part of our unique portfolio. The Kings Cairn Development consists of 27 plots, varying in size between 1.5 acres and 2.64 acres. All have either magnificent golf course views or stunning coastal views across the Firth of Forth. This is already one of the most sought after developments in Scotland. The intention is to build a select number of individually-designed properties of circa 8,000 sq ft each, comprising eight suites of bedrooms and five public rooms. Within the grounds of each villa it is envisaged there will

be a tennis court, swimming pool, patio or balcony lounge all set amongst a beautifully landscaped garden. The Management Company will offer a ‘turn-key service’ in the build of each property, from architect’s plans through planning, on to construction and then finally in the interior and landscape design. Each villa owner will have the maximum design input, but we remove any worry whilst your residence is being built. Your build programme will be expertly managed by our experienced project management team. They will look after every detail, including the construction budget. Each will be fully furnished to accommodate sixteen guests and will cost between £3.25m and £4m, depending on the specification of fixtures and fittings.

For more information on our exclusive Kings Cairn development, please contact John Glen on 01620 897 050 or



Archerfield Links Golf Clubhouse Golf Green Dirleton East Lothian EH39 5HU Tel: +44 (0)1620 897050 Web:

Archerfield - A Different Life  

Spring/Summer brochure 2011

Archerfield - A Different Life  

Spring/Summer brochure 2011