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ARCHERFIELD LINKS MAGAZINE ISSUE 3 | SPRING 2010

“I JUST LOVE THE PLACE. I THINK IT’S THE FINEST SET-UP I’VE EVER BEEN TO AND I’VE BEEN AROUND A LOT OF THEM. IT’S JUST THE WHOLE MEMBERSHIP AND THE STAFFING ARRANGEMENTS; IT’S SO RELAXING TO COME HERE. THE TWO COURSES ARE ALSO SUPERB – THEY’RE FANTASTIC. THE CLUBHOUSE AND ARCHERFIELD HOUSE – THERE IS NOTHING TO COMPARE.” DENNIS TAYLOR


Ian Woosnam celebrates his ďŹ nal putt on the 18th green during the ďŹ nal round of the 1991 Masters Tournament


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Welcome to the spring edition of A Different Life, the members’ magazine for Archerfield Links.

A DIFFERENT GAME

A DIFFERENT CLUB

02 Winning By A Margin

21 Living the Dream

In this issue we feature Ian Woosnam, Dennis Taylor and ideas for a day out in Edinburgh.

07 Celebrity Golf Days

Ian Woosnam talks about the Seniors’ Tour and those fantastic three days at The K Club in 2006 Archerfield Links hosts two successful charity events

08 Band of Brothers Team Saltman

09 Honorary Member 2009 was a memorable year for Catriona Matthew MBE

12 Those Irish Eyes Are Forever Smiling PHOTOGRAPHY: Festival Theatre, Andy Forman, Ewen Forsyth, Getty Images, iStockphoto, Hotel du Vin, Hotel Missoni, Richard Mountney, National Galleries of Scotland, Robert Pogson, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Scotsman Publications 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.

A chat with Dennis Taylor

14 Cool Million An exciting, new event comes to Archerfield

A DIFFERENT CITY 16 Capital Ideas We’ve found the best shops, restaurants and cultural highlights for a visit to Edinburgh

The designer of the Dirleton and Fidra courses shares his thoughts on course design

24 Dates for Your Diary Lots of exciting events to look forward to

26 Partner Programme Businesses affiliated with Archerfield Links

A DIFFERENT HOME 29 Residential Membership A new accommodation-based membership

A DIFFERENT SEASON 31 Retail Zone A wide selection of new stock in the golf shop

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WINNING BY A MARGIN

LOOKING BACK TO HIS 2006 RYDER CUP CAPTAINCY AT THE K CLUB, WOOSNAM HITS ON THE WORD ‘WINNING’ AS HIS STAND-OUT MEMORY.

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an Woosnam held up his hands 12 inches apart before thinking again. “It probably wasn’t even that long,” he chuckled. “Maybe six to nine inches. But whatever it was, I was so nervous I really had to think about it.” Woosnam, who was among a collection of leading names at Archerfield for the DJ Russell Invitational Pro-Am last September, was talking about the putt he had to tie up his first win on the European Senior Tour. The event in question was the 2008 Parkridge Polish Seniors in Krakow and Woosnam, on his own admission, was lacking any recent experience of getting over the finishing line. Eleven years had passed since he won the Volvo Match Play Championship, the last of his 29 wins on The European Tour, while it was 17 years on from that famous day when he won The Masters by a shot from José Maria Olazábal. In Krakow, the then 50-year-old Woosnam had been enjoying a rare last day battle with Spain’s Domingo Hospital, a more than somewhat disconcerting opponent in that he is not quite what he seems. A commercial pilot, Hospital looks more pilot than professional golfer, while to add to the sense of disbelief he does not begin to look Spanish. “The two of us had an amazing afternoon,” recalled Woosnam. “We were both playing great golf and when I finally managed to make that tiddler, I was round in 63 to Domingo’s 64. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to get over the hurdle of winning again.”

endless problems he has had with his back. At the end of the 90s, there was a day when the doctors told him that he would not be able to carry on playing golf for too much longer. “Where I’m lucky,” says Woosnam, of what was originally diagnosed as ankylosing spondylitis, “is that it’s never got any worse.” He has been injecting an anti-inflammatory drug into his stomach on a once-a-week basis but, at the time of writing, he was switching to another drug, Humira, which is only going to need a fortnightly application. Even though the pain is mostly under control, his back is seldom the same for two days in a row. “When I go out to play I have to swing according to how I’m feeling,” said this master of the irons. “If, for instance, I’m particularly stiff and the swing is three inches away from where it should be at the top, I have to guard against it being short and quick.” Like most of the amateurs with whom he joins forces in pro-ams, Woosnam says he has to watch himself. “We all try to hit too hard – and when you do that, you get off-balance. You’ve got to keep your swing smooth. Too many amateurs aren’t prepared to accept this and I’m afraid I’m the same. The one thing I have learned, though, is that if you keep your head still, you’ve got half a chance of playing decently.”

Like everyone else, the Welshman had known nerves in his career on the regular Tour. Then, though, he had always succeeded in keeping them from knee-knocking proportions by telling himself that his opponents were probably more nervous than he was.

He loves everything to do with Archerfield Links and feels privileged that Russell, his old friend and Ryder Cup vice captain, kept him up to speed with developments. “I was there when DJ was a quarter of the way through with the work and again when he was three-quarters of the way through,” he recalls. “He maybe bounced a few ideas off me but it was all David and what he has done has been nothing short of remarkable, especially when you consider that this was his first experience of course design.”

After winning the Polish Seniors, he captured a second title in Russia before collecting the 2008 John Jacobs Rookie of the Year award. The latter, a title more normally associated with 20-somethings on the regular Tour, would have helped to put the proverbial spring in his stride but the truth is that Woosnam is never going to feel 100% fit because of the

In Woosnam’s opinion, the secret of Russell’s extraordinary success lies in the fact that he followed the example of Tom Weiskopf when that former Open champion built Loch Lomond and lived on the land during construction. He particularly admires the degree of ‘movement’ his friend has introduced to the greens on what is essentially a

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relatively fl at piece of land, while he marvels at the forward thinking applied to the bunkers. These were not added until Russell, who would always follow the machinery with a bag of golf clubs slung over his shoulders, could be sure that they were in the right place. “There are so many new courses,” says Woosnam, “where there are bunkers which hardly come into play at all. Here, they are in all the right places.” As a result of Russell’s feat, Woosnam himself has vowed to be more ‘hands on’ as he joins forces with Russell in the pair’s new design business going under the name of Raw Golf. Looking back to his 2006 Ryder Cup captaincy at The K Club, Woosnam hits on the word ‘Winning’ as his stand-out memory. Ask him for another and it is along much the same lines, only this time he opts for ‘Winning by such a margin’. For the record, the score was a whopping, record-equalling 18½ - 9½. Well though he coped with the speechmaking side of things that week, it is something he prefers to forget. “The only good thing about it,” he ventures,

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He loves everything to do with Archerfield Links and feels privileged that Russell, his old friend and Ryder Cup vice captain, kept him up to speed with developments. “is that once you’ve made speeches in front of all those millions watching on TV and at The Ryder Cup itself, it’s not too hard to stand up and speak to a room of 50. I suppose,” he adds a little reluctantly, “that I did feel an element of pride in managing to do what I did – and yes, it’s fair to say that the whole experience changed me.” Woosnam brought in Jamil Qureshi, the TV illusionist-cum-psychologist, to be part of his team at The K Club, a situation which prompted one national newspaper headline to exclaim, ‘Ryder Cup captain calls on magician’. Qureshi, a former cricketer, has worked on an individual basis with golfers such as Simon Dyson and Nick Dougherty and,

when it came to The Ryder Cup, he was everywhere apparent and never less than a soothing influence. “Anyone who wanted a chat could go to Jamil at any time. He’s just got this way with people and in a wide variety of contexts is able to bring out the best in them,” said Woosnam. Only recently, Woosnam rang Qureshi for some advice for himself. It was during this year’s British Seniors at Sunningdale when he was worried about the fact that his normally straight-hitting game was so far removed from the norm. Qureshi listened to what he said before making what came as a rather surprising analysis. “Does it really matter?” he queried. Woosnam, who finished in a share of 19th place that week, was savouring the words as he repeated them. “It really doesn’t,” he laughed, before setting out for his round at Archerfield. The sun was shining and he was set to enjoy himself.


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CELEBRITY GOLF DAYS IN 2009, ARCHERFIELD WAS PROUD TO HOST TWO WONDERFUL GOLF DAYS THAT RAISED MONEY FOR DESERVING CAUSES. < GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL Gary Player and his wife, Vivienne, were at Archerfield on 7th July for the Gary Player Invitational, an event held at regular intervals around the world to raise money for underprivileged children. Player held the 2009 tournament at Archerfield by way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Open Championship win at the adjacent Muirfield. On the day, Gary played the short seventh on the Dirleton Links with each of the groups in turn. He handed out any number of useful tips, including a spot of advice to Women’s European Tour professional Lynn Kenny.

> SIR IAN BOTHAM AND RONAN KEATING CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC For the second successive year, Archerfield Links hosted the Charity Golf Classic with Sir Ian Botham and Ronan Keating to benefit Leukaemia Research and Cancer Research UK. On September 13th and 14th, an array of people from the worlds of sport and entertainment assembled at Archerfield and enjoyed golf over the Fidra and Dirleton Links.

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BAND OF BROTHERS

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hat a moment for Jack and Dawn Saltman as their three sons, Lloyd, Elliot and Zack took the stage in the media centre in the lead-up to the Open Championship at Turnberry. Lloyd and Elliot had both come through local final qualifying. As for Zack, who had missed out at regional qualifying by a shot, he was going to caddie for Elliot. One of the more penetrating press questions was directed at Zack. Could he please talk about the differences in Lloyd and Elliot, both in terms of personality and play? Zack warmed to the task. “Elliot,” he began cheerfully, “is a lot more chilled out than Lloyd, who always sort of plays to the crowd and likes to be in the spotlight.” He added that in the few practice holes they had played earlier that day, the gathering spectators would have noticed Lloyd’s posture ‘growing a little bit… That’s the way he plays. He just loves the crowd.’ Elliot on the other hand, had remained ‘laid-back’. Dawn would say, laughingly, that Zack’s assessment of the pair on this front had been 100%. Moving on to his brothers’ play, Zack spoke of a massive improvement in Elliot’s putting and overall strength. “When you see a lot of guys practising shots from rough, they’re really struggling to advance the ball at all, whereas Elliot seems just to fly it out of there no problem. You think he must have a perfect lie every time.” Meanwhile, there was nothing he admired about Lloyd so much as his iron-play. “His ball-striking is just a different class. He can nip the ball from the tightest of lies and stop it without a problem.” Padraig Harrington has often put his major championship triumphs down to team-work rather than his own individual efforts. The Saltmans boast that same level of support. Just as they went as a family to St Andrews when Lloyd was still an amateur, they went en famille to Turnberry. “At the end of the day, we just go back

home and relax with the family and get ready for the next day. It’s a great feeling to have,” said Elliot. “We can chill out,” expanded Lloyd. When the two were asked if they felt it in any way incumbent on them, personally, to improve Scotland’s lot in the World Rankings, they suggested that the pressures here were probably not as great as the pressures they tended to heap on themselves. Lloyd and Elliot Saltman, both Archerfield members, became the third set of brothers to compete in The Open, after Seve and Manuel Ballesteros in 1983 and Jumbo and Joe Osaki in 1992. Sensibly, neither made any extravagant predictions as to how he would fare in The Open itself. All they could say was that however things turned out, the experience would stand them in good stead. In the event, Elliot had a promising two-under-par 70 followed by a 76, while Lloyd returned scores of 75 and 77. On this occasion, they missed the cut but they were in good company. None other than Tiger Eldrick Woods did precisely the same.

Lloyd and Elliot Saltman, both Archerfield members, became the third set of brothers to compete in The Open, after Seve and Manuel Ballesteros in 1983 and Jumbo and Joe Osaki in 1992.


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t the same time as she prepares to defend her Ricoh Women’s British Open title, she must consider what she will wear when she goes to Buckingham Palace to collect her MBE. The Palace, like many a more traditional golf club, has its own dress code, details of which had still to arrive through the family letterbox. Matthew, of course, is not one to work her way into a tizzy over such things any more than she is likely to lose her cool on the golf course. Colin Montgomerie’s slumped shoulders may serve as an early warning system as to how he is in the throes of a bad round, but Matthew’s demeanour gives nothing away. No-one, not even her parents, would want to hazard a guess as to whether she is up or down, over par or under. Not, mind you, that her emotions remained under wraps as she won last year’s British Open. Having notched three birdies in a row from Royal Lytham’s 13th, she had to fight to keep the tears at bay as she and her husband-cum-caddie, Graeme, made the walk down the last fairway. For the record, Catriona was the only player under the card as she won by three from Australia’s Karrie Webb and by four from Paula Creamer, Hee-Won Han, Christina Kim and Ai Miyazato.

Catriona Matthew, Archerfield’s first honorary member, has rather more to think about than your average major championship winner – and not just because she is a mother to two under fives in Katie and Sophie. BY LEWINE MAIR

There are those professionals who will make notes on what they feel over this shot and that when they are playing well. At the time of writing, Matthew was wishing she was one of them for, try as she might, she could not put her finger on why her putting was so hot for those four days at Royal Lytham and St Annes. “It’s the million dollar question,” she laughed. By the time she started her 2010 season in Singapore before heading out for a

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As was amply demonstrated when she won the British Open only eleven weeks after giving birth to Sophie, she plays her best golf when she is fresh.

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AMATEUR TEAM PACKAGE stint in the States, Catriona had plenty of other questions exercising her mind. Everywhere she went, sister competitors were asking for tips on how to play Archerfield’s Fidra Links, scene of this year’s Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open. “To start with,” said Matthew, who won the 2009 Scottish Sports Personality of the Year award ahead of Andy Murray and Sir Alex Ferguson, “I tell them that they’re going to love it. They’re going to be amazed when they see our practice areas. I don’t think they will have seen too many main practice grounds where you can hit full shots from either end. They’re also going to love the course and find it very playable. Most of the girls don’t get to play links-type golf other than in the British Open so I’ve been warning them about the wind and how it can make the more elevated greens doubly difficult to putt.” Catriona said that there were two holes in particular she was bringing to their attention. Firstly, the par 3 eighth with its long, narrow green. “It’s one of those holes which calls for the perfect iron – and, as everyone knows, the iron in question can be anything from a four to a seven.” The par 5 eleventh is the other to have been getting a special mention. Catriona has been spreading word of the dilemma a player must face as he or she decides between threading the drive between the two bunkers or laying up short of those twin hazards. “If you choose to do the former and it comes off,” she advises, “you’ll have a good shot at catching the green in two. If, on the other hand, you hit into one of the traps, you’re in trouble, deep trouble. We’re talking about proper links bunkers.” Matthew, at 40, says she is forever learning something new. Apart from practising hard, she keeps a watchful

• 2 x Exclusive Amateur Places in the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open ProAm (Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th August). The leading 15 Amateurs will qualify through to the final 18 holes on Friday 20th August • 3 x Nights Accommodation at the luxurious Archerfield Links from Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th August incl. (Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.) • 2 x VIP Tickets to the Tournament Welcome Reception and Draw Party (Tuesday 17th August) eye on the opposition. Jiyai Shin, who won the British Open in 2008, is the player for whom she probably has the most respect and from whom she has arguably learned the most. “It’s not that she’s outstanding in any one department, it’s just that she is so incredibly consistent all round. Her bad shots are not really bad shots at all. They are never more than mildly off-line.” Yet the Scot is quick to say that what she has learned about herself over the last few years has been no less crucial. As was amply demonstrated when she won the British Open only eleven weeks after giving birth to Sophie, she plays her best golf when she is fresh. Again, contrary to what most new mothers might think, she finds that having children has made her calmer rather than the reverse. She also knows that she and Graeme have done the right thing in remaining based in North Berwick instead of moving, lock, stock and barrel, to the States. When, after that win at Royal Lytham and St Annes, she was asked if she was thinking of competing more in America and leaving Graeme to hold the fort at home, she shook her head. As she would explain, the LPGA Tour had always been a joint venture on their part – and nothing has happened to change that view.

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t’s the obvious, must-be-asked question, but one he has probably long tired of answering. “So Dennis, do you still have those trademark, over-sized glasses?” I anticipate a sigh, yet the response is unexpected. “Yeah, I’ve still got them... but I don’t use them for golf. I’ve got a special pair for that, but they are so big I can’t get them in the boot of the car!” The voice chuckles; this charismatic, good-humoured Northern Irishman is in typical form; such one-liners reeled off with the same regularity as he potted balls. While the four-year Archerfield member made his name on the green baize, he continues to thrive off it, his well-known, warm brogue likable and distinctive – from the BBC commentary box to the after-dinner speech circuit to celebrity TV appearances. Of course, in 2010, Taylor has extra reason to raise a smile; share a laugh. It’s the 25th anniversary of ‘that’ match. Heck, his trusty old cue has been dusted down and brought out of semi-retirement for a number of exhibition shows – one event planned here later in the year – with those goggle-like specs no doubt in tow. “I’m going to enjoy these months,” he beams.

To the few unaware, 1985 was Taylor’s time. After waiting 13 years to land the elusive World Championship crown, he stormed back to defeat the all-conquering Steve Davis in a final that words hardly do justice. For the first-time ever, a gripping contest went to a black ball final frame at the Crucible, the County Tyrone player emerging victorious 18-17 amid the most euphoric scenes. Before a post-midnight BBC2 audience of some 18.5 million – still a record – his pose, raised cue above his head and eyes gleaming behind those giant lenses, remains iconic. “It was like a fairytale really,” sums up Dennis, who had trailed 8-0. “You couldn’t have written the script. I mean there have been some great finals, but it’s the one that everybody remembers. In the greatest 100 TV sporting moments, it’s at number nine, which is quite amazing.” After struggles with contact lenses, a fact he felt cost him the 1979 final to Terry Griffiths, those unusual ‘upside down’ glasses aided an astonishing triumph. Taylor, now 61, wagged his finger, folded his arms, tip-toed to the trophy and kissed


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AFTER WAITING 13 YEARS TO LAND THE ELUSIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN, HE STORMED BACK TO DEFEAT THE ALLCONQUERING STEVE DAVIS IN A FINAL THAT WORDS HARDLY DO JUSTICE.

it. Davis will be sick of the sight of him when he repeats the emotional victory scene throughout this year. But his afterdinner audiences love it all, the wit, the charm, the memories, the stories. His exploits on Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity MasterChef and The Weakest Link provide more fun-filled content to engage listeners. Archerfield House, for corporate evenings, has become a particularly fond venue to entertain, before retiring, almost inevitably, to the snooker table. “It’s perfect for companies and I like to have a bit of fun with everybody.” Golf and snooker are twin passions, particularly here in East Lothian. Former Ryder Cup-winning captain Ian Woosnam, best man when Dennis remarried, is known to work on his nine handicap. “Willie Thorne and I first went up to Archerfield and fell in love with it straightaway,” says Taylor, who resides in the village of Gresford in north Wales. “The whole set-up is fantastic; it impressed me so much and with Archerfield House it’s quite incredible. I thought there were not many better places to join. Even though I’m a four-hour drive away, it’s just

marvellous coming here. Every time you go in through those front gates you just seem to forget about everything else.” Taylor also pours his efforts into charity work, acting as a patron for Action Medical Research in Northern Ireland, a group dedicated to helping babies and children. He also consistently makes himself available for events at Archerfield, notably supporting the Gary Player Foundation, Ronan Keating and Sir Ian Botham. The happy feet even came back out again to participate in Let’s Dance for Sport Relief. “I like to help as much as I can. I was actually on that BBC programme Hole in the Wall recently and managed to make a fool of myself at my age wearing a silver lycra outfit,” he laughs. “But I wasn’t bothered, as I finished up winning £10,000 for my charity.” From wacky glasses to lycra suits. Whatever next, Dennis?

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n interesting golf challenge is coming to Archerfield later this year. Fancy the nerve of a professional competition? Ready to enjoy a lavish party week? Then put August 2-6 in your diary to be part of the fun. The Cool Million Challenge, a unique and outstanding tournament, will see the victor walk away with a stunning £1 million first prize. Sixty talented golfers from around the globe, meeting strict entry criteria, will compete over the Dirleton links for the right to pocket the largest winner’s cheque in an unsanctioned event in the world this year.

It is hoped former Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam will tee up, along with top-name, US-based seniors. Leading ladies, such as Laura Davies, Challenge and Nationwide Tour players are set to form a truly international field. Promoter and entrepreneur David Copeland has come up with this exciting concept. For the duration of the prestigious tournament – two rounds of stroke play with the top 16 playing straight match play – you, the sponsor, will effectively be ‘the owner’ of a chosen professional. You will pay the pro’s entry fee of £50,000 and see them compete for your share of the mouthwatering prize fund. Copeland said: “We didn’t just want a Tour event. We wanted a relatively small field of different individuals to give everyone a chance of scooping the £1 million top prize.” During the week, sponsors will be invited to play in a Pro-Am, be given rooms on site, enjoy prearranged events and savour parties each night. Interested sponsors can also form a syndicate. It’s a Cool Challenge.

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CAPITAL IDEAS GABY SOUTAR OF THE SCOTSMAN Even the most die-hard of golfers has to take a break from the course occasionally, even if they are lucky enough to be playing at Archerfield Links. So, if you’re willing to rest those clubs for a little while, why not gravitate towards the bright lights of Edinburgh for a fun day out – after all, the city is only an easy 40-minute drive away. If, however, it’s been a while since your last visit, let us direct you towards the best boutiques, restaurants, cafés and spas (amongst other things) that Scotland’s capital has to offer.

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National Gallery Complex

9:00 am Visit Princes Street first thing, before the throngs descend, and you’ll be the first to experience the shopping delights. On this mile-long thoroughfare, the mustvisit destination is Jenners (48 Princes Street), a department store that was established back in 1838. The foodie section of this shop was recently taken over by local company, Valvona & Crolla, who also own a stand-alone delicatessen (19 Elm Row), which is packed with Italian treats to make your mouth water. They’ve managed to work their particular brand of magic on the Jenners food hall, which now boasts a huge range of whisky, wine, luxury chocolates (by the likes of Rococo), plus Continental and Scottish produce. For breakfast, we recommend that you head to the resident café, invest in one of their pastries and an authentic cappuccino, before pulling up a seat to the window, in order to enjoy a view of the Scott Monument.

10:30 am From this vantage point, you’ll also spot the National Gallery Complex at The Mound, where the permanent collection includes a number of works by Sir Henry Raeburn, Titian, Rubens and Gaugin. Head here if you’ve had enough of shopping. If not, then drift towards George Street, which is parallel to Princes Street and has a selection of slightly higherend boutiques, like Whistles, Jigsaw, Crombie and Hobbs, scattered along its length. Browse the fine watches and trinkets at historic jewellers Hamilton & Inches (87 George Street) then pop into Centotre (103 George Street) for some of their strong Italian coffee and homemade pancakes.

Harvey Nichols

If you want to spend some serious money, then you could always visit the branch of fine-art auction house, Bonhams (22 Queen Street). Just off the George Street thoroughfare there is a new cashmere boutique, Brora (48 Frederick Street), Danish designer fashion store, Kakao by K (45 Thistle Street), exclusive ladies shoe shop, Pam Jenkins (41 Thistle Street) and frou-frou lingerie boutique, Boudiche (15 Frederick Street). If you feel like taking a short walk to the West End, then you should end up at outdoor clothing specialist Orvis (19 Hope Street), fashion store Frontiers (16 Stafford Street), which boasts pieces by the likes of Orla Kiely – or the pink-painted Parisianstyle boutique Arkangel (4 William Street). Alternatively, head towards the east end of George Street and cut across the newly landscaped St Andrew Square Gardens (recently reopened after 238 years) to discover Edinburgh’s own branch of Harvey Nichols. With four floors of designer fashion, homeware, food and beauty, you could easily make a dent in your trust fund here. Visit nearby luxury retail boulevard, Multrees Walk. We suggest that, to begin with, you should head to Mulberry (26 Multrees Walk). Then on to other stores along this stretch, which include Louis Vuitton (1-2 Multrees Walk) and Emporio Armani (25 Multrees Walk), plus a new branch of trendy designer optician, Oscar & Fitch (20 Multrees Walk).

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Edinburgh Zoo

12:30 pm For lunch set your sights on Fishers in the City (58 Thistle Street) as their menu features plenty of local produce and a wide selection of seafood. If, however, you fancy casting your net a bit wider, then head to the so-called Michelin Quarter of Edinburgh – the Shore in Leith. Here you’ll find a trio of Michelin-starred eateries, such as Restaurant Martin Wishart (54 Shore), The Kitchin (78 Commercial Street) and The Plumed Horse (50-54 Henderson Street). For pudding, head back into town for a slice of organic cake and latte at basement café, Urban Angel (121 Hanover Street).

1:00 pm Don’t jump! That bang was only the one o’clock gun, which is fired from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle every day, except Sunday. Look over to Calton Hill on a weekday (at the same time), and you might just see the newly restored ‘time ball’ being lowered.

1:30 pm It’s pampering time! So, if you could do with a trim (or cut and colour), then head for the strikingly space-age exterior of Brian Drumm (37a George Street), which has been around since 1970. Or, if your skin is in need of TLC, some of the best day-spas in town include Serenity in the City (9a Castle Street), Zen (2-3 Teviot Place) or DollyLeo Apothecary (22a Raeburn Place), where you’ll find plenty of cult beauty products.

However, it’s also a short jaunt to One Spa (8 Conference Square) where you can enjoy an ESPA treatment, or use their thermal suites. These include steam rooms, a laconium, hammam, swimming pool and, the piece de resistance, a bubbly rooftop Jacuzzi. This veritable oasis is part of the Sheraton Grand Hotel where, on the ground floor, you’ll also find Italian restaurant, Santini, and within the hotel itself, a grand lounge where they serve a wonderful hightea featuring dainty cakes and finger sandwiches.

3:00 pm If you fancy cheering on your team, then check to see if there are any matches on at Murrayfield Stadium – the venue for the RBS 6 Nations rugby. Or if you’d rather call on your distant relatives, you could head to Edinburgh Zoo (134 Corstorphine Road) – the daily penguin parade (2:15 pm) is a must-see, as is Budongo Trail, their new chimpanzee enclosure. Alternatively, enjoy a dose of culture at the Gallery of Modern Art (75 Belford Road) which is set in parkland and boasts permanent works by Frances Bacon, Lucien Freud and Andy Warhol. Or, cross over the road to find Dean Gallery and pieces by Eduardo Paolozzi, Dali, Miro and Magritte. However, those who’d rather be in the fresh air might fancy a jaunt to the Royal Botanic Gardens (20a Inverleith Row) for the opportunity to check out their new biodiversity centre, the John Hope Gateway.


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Festival Theatre

Hotel du Vin

4:30 pm Visit the Royal Mile and ‘bide awa’ on the tourist trail which takes you from Edinburgh Castle (Castlehill) at the top of the hill, past furnished 17th century house, Gladstone’s Land (477b Lawnmarket), the Museum of Childhood (42 High Street), John Knox’s House (43 High Street), the Scottish Storytelling Centre (43-45 High Street) and, finally, at the bottom of the hill (aka the Canongate), the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament. If you want to get off the beaten path, then join a Greenyonder Tour (0131 444 1725) which will take you to the secret and historic green spaces in this area.

5:30 pm Fancy a pre-prandial treat? Then head to the chic Palm Court at The Balmoral Hotel (1 Princes Street) for a spot of tea (plus, perhaps a little glass of Champagne at their adjoining Bollinger Bar).

7:00 pm Round about this time, your stomach will be rumbling, so head to nearby restaurant and bar, The Dome (14 George Street). Eat in at the glamorous Club Room, with mirrored walls and walnut fittings, or take a table in the plush Grill Room for one of their signature burgers or rib eye of Scotch beef. Alternatively, visit one of the other restaurants that have made their

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presence felt on the capital’s dining scene. They include Californian-style eatery, Redwood (33a St Stephens Street), Hotel du Vin (11 Bristo Place) and seafood restaurant Ondine (2 George IV Bridge), which is adjacent to the new Hotel Missoni in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh. If you’ve got any energy left after all that munching, then head to The Dome’s downstairs club, Why Not? where you could easily keep the party going until the wee small hours.

9:00 pm Fancy a little snifter? Then we recommend Whighams (13 Hope Street) for their incredibly well stocked wine cellars and jazz club. If that genre of music sets your toes a-tapping, then you could also try The Jam House (5 Queen Street), where there’s always live music. If, however, you’re more of a classical music fan, then the Usher Hall (Lothian Road) often has the Royal Scottish National Orchestra playing beneath its domed roof. Or, if you’re a thespian, investigate contemporary theatre at The Traverse (10 Cambridge Street) or the Edinburgh Festival Theatre (13-29 Nicolson Street).

11:00 pm It’s time to grab a cab and head home to Archerfield – after all, it’s been a long day and your clubs will be missing you.

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DREAM BY LEWINE MAIR

Ian Woosnam, DJ Russell, Sam Torrance

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avid Russell, who designed both the Fidra and Dirleton courses at Archerfield, revels in living on the edge of his creations and keeping an eye on how others play them. There are some holes which appear harder than he envisaged, others where he is baffled by the feats of even the highest handicap men. In the case of the latter, he is thinking, in particular, of the 215 yards par 3 17th on the Fidra. “I recommended a low stroke index for the hole because I thought it was particularly difficult but, when I studied the cards from last year’s medals, any number of golfers were notching three net twos,” he said. “What makes it even more extraordinary,” added this winner of two PGA European Tour titles, “is that the hole is into the prevailing wind.” That Russell can even surprise himself as he plays the course in different circumstances goes a long way towards explaining why he is so eager to see the women professionals at work in

I know that when I first tackled the Fidra in a medal context, holes which I thought were relatively tame were anything but. this August’s Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open. “I know,” he says, “that when I first tackled the Fidra in a medal context, holes which I thought were relatively tame were anything but.” His plan is to station himself at the 12th, a par 4 of some 350 yards where the players have the option of laying up short of the trouble or being aggressive. Those who fall into the latter category should leave themselves with little more than a bump and run to the green – a shot at which, in Russell’s estimation, the women excel. With regard to the new grooves regulations which are the talk of the men’s tours, Russell suspects that the

women will have rather less adjusting to do than their male counterparts. “Not too many of them,” he suggests, “are strong enough to put Tiger-type spin on the ball. They are far more likely to let their shots run out.” The DJ Russell Pro-Am this year is due to take place on July 12th. Last year’s winner, Paul Eales, won two first-class tickets to America, donated by Continental Airlines, our partner sponsor, and used them to try and qualify for The PGA Tour. “He did brilliantly,” says Russell, recalling how his old friend failed only at final qualifying. Eales will be back for this year’s instalment which promises to be bigger and better in every respect. “I’ve had so many approaches,” marvels Russell. “Not just from my friends among the professionals but from amateur teams outside Archerfield.” Ian Woosnam, to whom Russell served as a vice captain in the 2006 Ryder Cup, will play again, while the expectation is that there will be a second major champion in Sandy

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The most charming of all was dear little Archerfield, curtained by woods and the most seductive little private course in the world. Lyle. Mark James, Sam Torrance and Sir Ian Botham are three more household names who have given every indication that they will be back. Russell is a course designer in a million, not least because he was given the chance to be just that. When he was first identified as the right man for the Archerfield project, he was told he could take eight months to get his head round the land and its history. All of which is some way removed from the modern trend to attach a tour professional’s name to a course he will scarcely see – and employ someone else to do the job. Sometimes, the professional might be asked for his opinion but, in the case of one former Open champion, that amounted to a suggestion to his ‘ghost’ architect that he should do what he liked. Bearing in mind the said player’s lack of interest in anything other than the paycheck, this was probably the wisest advice he could give. During his eight months of reconnaissance work, Russell, who finished 11th in the 1988 Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes, tramped the land and played imaginary holes through dunes and woods. By night, he read up on the details of the original Archerfield which was founded in 1869 and which captured the affection of none other than Bernard Darwin before it was turned over for Army use in the Second World War. Having made mention of Muirfield and Gullane, the Times correspondent went on to say, “The most charming of all was dear little Archerfield, curtained by woods and the most seductive little private course in the world.” It was Darwin’s account, coupled with the glorious sense of solitude Russell felt when he was out walking, which gave him a precise picture of what was required. Essentially, he was after a course so appealing that its members would never be thinking that the grass might be greener elsewhere. In which connection, he is quietly delighted at the number of members who hail from older, more established courses but are tending to play more and more at Archerfield. No-one, in the modern vernacular, put Russell under any pressure ‘to make a statement’. Instead, he was given an entirely free hand as he fashioned a course where the stranger has no inkling of what the next hole will bring until he stands on the tee. “I wanted people to feel disappointed when it came to the 18th and I wanted them to have the urge to come back and play again – and again.” Judging by the clamour for places in his pro-am, Russell would seem to have achieved his objective. Winner Paul Eales with Teri Festa, representing Continental Airlines

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APRIL APRI IL 28 28TH

GARY PLAYER SERIE SERIES

MAY 26TH

GARY PLAYER SERIES

JUNE 25TH

GARY PLAYER SERIES

JULY 12TH

DJ RUSSELL INVITATIONAL PRO AM

JULY 16TH

LADIES’ DAY

JULY 19TH

GARY PLAYER EUROPEAN INVITATIONAL The UK’s leading pro-celebrity charity golf event returns to Archerfield for a second year.

AUGUST 2ND – 6TH

COOL MILLION CHALLENGE

AUGUST 18TH – 20TH

ABERDEEN LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN

AUGUST 29TH

MEMBERS’ BALL: Considered to be one of the highlights of the year – come along and enjoy an evening of fine food, live music and dancing.

SEPTEMBER 20TH & 21ST

SIR IAN BOTHAM AND RONAN KEATING CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL

NOVEMBER (DATE TBC)

FIREWORKS NIGHT The annual BBQ and fireworks display.


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LADIES’ DAY This year Ladies’ Day will be on Friday, July 16th, hosted once again by Catriona Matthew, 2009 Women’s British Open Champion. Last year, 88 ladies took part in this very popular day that began with a golf clinic where Catriona displayed some of the skills which inspired one of the guests, Yvonne Blyth, to have a hole in one at the par 3, 17th on the Fidra Links. Harvey Nichols was once again a fantastic partner of the event, providing memorable goody bags and some very popular relaxing ESPA mini-treatments in the locker room after the golf.

CLUB COMPETITIONS The dates for the ‘Major Medals’ are: May 15th Nisbet Hamilton Trophy (Spring meeting) July 10th Law Trophy (Summer meeting) October 16th Penn Cup (Autumn meeting) THE WINNERS IN 2009 WERE … Nisbet Hamilton Trophy Winner: David Hamilton 71 Runner Up: Gordon Gilhooley 72 (BB9) 3rd Place: Steven Lessels 72 Best Gross: Gordon Gilhooley 77 Ladies Best Nett: Alison Murphy 82 Law Trophy Winner: Darren Love 70 Runner Up: Bill Kane 71 3rd Place: Danny Teague 73 (BB9) Best Gross: Bill Kane 74 Ladies Best Nett: Alison Murphy 79 Club Championship Gents Gross Winner: Alan Loughran 160 2nd Place: Neil Hogarth 161 Gents Nett Winner: Jack Meaney 146 2nd Place: David Hamilton 149 Ladies Gross Winner: Barbara Biggart 174 2nd Place: Caroline Johnston 177 Ladies Nett Winner: Karin Sowerby 158 2nd Place: Lynn Logan 159 Penn Cup Winner: Joe Melton 68 Runner Up: Andrew Johnston 70 (BB9) 3rd Place: Graham Hillan 70 Best Gross: Graham Hillan 73 Ladies Nett Winner: Janine Rensch 85

Champions’ Dinner

Members Trophy Winners Foursome Match Play David Connachan & Lynn Logan Adams Trophy Winner Mens Singles Match Play John McCluskey Stevenson Trophy Winner Ladies Singles Match Play Caroline Johnston Fireworks Night

Members’ Ball

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Archerfield Links has an affiliation with the businesses featured. For further information contact the Members’ Services Team. Cape Grace Cape Town, South Africa Tel: + 27 21 410 7100 www.capegrace.com Nestled on a private quay in Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Grace is a welcome and gracious sanctuary of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort. Exclusive offer for Archerfield Members (Valid until December 19th, 2010. Excludes June 11th to July 11th and November 6th to 10th. Other dates subject to availability.) • 5 nights for the price of 4 in any room category • Complimentary private whisky tasting (“An Introduction to Whisky”) or a private wine tasting with our sommelier in Bascule Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar • Complimentary dinner (the fabulous 5 course tasting menu) in Signal restaurant

Doonbeg Golf Club County Clare, Ireland Tel: + 353 (0) 65 905 5602/5603 www.doonbeggolfclub.com Located on the stunning southwest coast of Ireland, Doonbeg is luxurious yet unpretentious and its unique accommodations of individually styled suites and cottages are a distinct departure from usual hotel rooms. The Greg Norman-designed course enjoys breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and other golf facilities include Driving Range, Clubhouse and Golf Shop. Golfers and non-golfers can relax at the White Horses Spa which offers regenerative treatments using local, natural products. Doonbeg’s proximity to Shannon Airport makes it an accessible golf destination.

Marbella Club Andalucia, Spain Tel: + 34 95 282 2211 www.marbellaclub.com The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, located on the shores of the Mediterranean, benefits from one of the best climates in Europe. 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.

One Spa 8 Conference Square, Edinburgh Tel: 0131 221 7777 www.onespa.com One Spa is designed to comfort, pamper and relax. Awash with natural daylight, the gym and studio will inspire you to new physical heights with its range of smart equipment and ongoing expert advice. The beautiful 19m infinity swimming pool surrounded by light and space will brighten even the dullest of days, while the aromatic Cleopatra baths offer the chance to lie back and contemplate the world. The attentive team will guide you throughout your time at One Spa, anticipating your needs and ensuring that you a have a truly memorable and enriching experience.

Harvey Nichols 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh Tel: 0131 524 8388 www.harveynichols.com The first Scottish store of the group opened in 2002. The fi ve storey building is situated on the eastern end of St. Andrew Square, with far reaching views over the city of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth, and offers a wide range of designer fashion for ladies and men with collections from the likes of Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Gucci, Paul Smith, Balenciaga and many more. The Forth Floor Restaurant, Brasserie and Bar provides contemporary Scottish food of the finest quality, while the Forth Floor Foodmarket is brimming full of the latest and most fashionable food, Harvey Nichols iconic own label range and delicious sweet and savoury treats.


* Exclusive offer for Archerfield Members and Guests

ARRIVE IN STYLE… • FLY BY HELICOPTER TO THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FROM ARCHERFIELD 15TH – 18TH JULY, 2010

Archerfield is pleased to be able to offer an exclusive V.I.P. helicopter transfer service to The Open at St Andrews in a latest generation Agusta A109. With a transit time of just 15 minutes, we can minimise your travel time and maximise your experience.

Our package includes:

The Cost

Return helicopter shuttle service to and from the St Andrews Heliport

£400 (inc VAT) per person, per day return (admission ticket not included)

Ample free parking at Archerfield

Flight times of your choice (slots and availability permitting)

Itineraries and flight ticketing included

Experienced, professional ground handling staff to meet you on your arrival at Archerfield and St Andrews

Courtesy MPV service at St Andrews to ensure a quick transfer to and from the golfing action

For further information or to reserve seats, contact Stuart Bayne on 01620 897050 or email stuart@archerfieldgolfclub.com

*All fl ights will be carried in accordance with approved Public Transport Operations under Air Operators Certificate No. 2265


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RESIDENTIAL MEMBERSHIP RESIDENTIAL MEMBERSHIP IS AN INSPIRED CREATION THAT ALLOWS YOU TO STAY AT ARCHERFIELD LINKS IN ONE OF THE SPACIOUS APARTMENTS WITHIN THE ESTATE OFFERING VIEWS OVER THE GOLF COURSES.

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e will have eight luxury apartments fully equipped with modern facilities, including three bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, open plan living and dining areas and private balcony. Residential Membership allows you six nights in your apartment at Archerfield, which can be taken in any combination. You could choose short breaks or you could opt to use all your accommodation at once. Included in the membership are 12 rounds of golf that can be used while resident in the apartment. Should you need extra golf rounds whilst staying, these will be charged at the members’ unaccompanied guest rate. The membership lasts for 12 months from joining and costs £2,500 including VAT. If you require additional apartment nights,simply renew your membership early and your renewal

date will be adjusted accordingly. When you come to stay, you can choose to dine in the comfort of the apartment and for that special evening we can provide a chef to prepare a wonderful meal for you and your guests. Or you can enjoy the facilities of our elegant but relaxed Clubhouse. This unique membership allows you to enjoy a luxury apartment at Archerfield Links for a limited period, so you can experience first-hand all the benefits an Archerfield Links membership has to offer.

To find out more about Residential Membership at Archerfield, telephone John Glen on 01620 897050.

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RETAIL ZONE EXCITING NEW STOCK FROM THE PROFESSIONAL’S SHOP

> GALVIN GREEN Galvin Green is the No.1 in golf waterproofs in the UK and one of the sport’s premier clothing brands. They combine brilliant quality and distinctive style with exceptional technical performance. Each garment is designed for golfers by golfers to offer ultimate comfort, protection and freedom of movement during the golf swing. The latest 2010 collection features a wide range of colour combinations – so the clothing looks as good as it performs on and off the course.

HUGO BOSS BOSS Green stands for trendy sportswear and fashionably functional golf apparel. The menswear line offers a modern look for golf enthusiasts and those who enjoy a relaxed lifestyle off the course. The focus is on innovative design with intelligent features providing the added value. Classic patterns including checks, stripes and argyles are reinterpreted and tailored to fit the typical BOSS Green look. The signature mix of lifestyle ease and golfing passion defines BOSS Green.

ECCO The Spring/Summer 2010 golf collection from Danish shoemaker, ECCO showcases the highest-grade leathers, superior comfort technologies and an expansive range of new styles, from stylish classic looks to casual, streetinspired designs. Serious players will appreciate the technical sophistication and advanced feel of the re-styled Ultra Performance Hydromax and the magnificent leatherwork on the handcrafted World Class and Classic GTX, whilst the more daring golfer will revel in the Casual Cool II GTX and street fashion inspired new Golf Street styles.

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PETER SCOTT Just like everything at Archerfield Links, Peter Scott & Co leave no stone unturned in their quest for the finest quality in luxurious yarn. Luxury yarns like Cashmere, Lamora and Lambswool are sourced from some of the best spinners both at home and throughout Europe. All sweaters are manufactured and hand finished in the factory in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, the home of quality knitwear.

< OSCAR JACOBSON Style is a crucial part of the Oscar Jacobson tradition and we treasure the same values today as we did in the past. For 100 years, Oscar Jacobson has produced trousers and gained a reputation of marketing some of the best clothes in the golf trade. The 2010 golf collection has been redesigned to achieve the best fit and feel.

SKY CADDIE SGX Launching this Spring the ultraaccurate new SkyCaddie SGX – the new top of the range device from the world’s #1 golf rangefinder company – and it raises the bar with a host of new features. SkyCaddie’s topselling SG5 and entry-level SG2.5 also continue into 2010. All models are available at Archerfield Links.


We offer the very best immaculately presented Mercedes-Benz vehicles including S-class limousines and Viano MPVs, all finished in classic silver. Our commitment is to deliver our clients the highest level of personal service and a special, relaxing, enjoyable experience. tel: 0131 339 4111 | email: mail@elegancechauffeur.co.uk | web: www.elegancechauffeur.co.uk


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Memebers Magazine for members of Archerfield golf club.

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