construction, leisure, Ogilvie

£5 million project tees off at Renaissance Golf Club

PLANS to invest £5 million in a new clubhouse and golf course extension have been revealed by the Renaissance Golf Club in East Lothian.

Ogilvie Construction will carry out building work on the site near the historic village of Dirleton. The new building has been designed by Edinburgh-based Yeoman McAllister.

Preliminary ground works are expected start shortly. The new clubhouse should be completed by the summer of 2013, in time for the British Open Championship at the nearby Muirfield golf course.

The new facility, which will cover four floors, is set to feature extensive hospitality, accommodation and leisure facilities, including:

  • private dining;
  • a wine cellar and tasting area;
  • a snug bar;
  • international business centre;
  • a private gym; and
  • spa and treatment rooms.

Phil McEwan, the managing director of Ogilvie Construction, said: “We have a strong background in the leisure and hospitality sector and are delighted to be selected as contractors for this prestigious contract.

“The clubhouse will have a number of viewing areas and terraces overlooking four greens including the 18th. The upper floor will also feature six luxury bedroom apartments to complement the existing 14 luxury suites in the club’s existing accommodation.

“Once finished it will be a truly iconic building in a beautiful setting. We can’t wait to get on site and start work.”

The Renaissance Club opened in East Lothian in 2008. It has almost 200 domestic and international members from counties across Europe, Asia and the USA. The new investment and facilities at the club are expected to attract considerable new membership interest.

Jerry Sarvadi, the managing director and joint owner of The Renaissance Club, said: “The creation of a new clubhouse and extension of our golf course marks the next major stage in the development of The Renaissance Club.

“We created and opened the Club in the midst of the recession and have been fortunate to receive such a high level of support and interest from our members in the early years. ”
The latest developments at the Renaissance Club will take the total investment to date to over £20 million, all of which has been funded by the owners – the Sarvadi family, private members and individual investors.

The golf course extension is being designed by award winning US golf architect, Tom Doak, who originally worked with the owners to create the Renaissance course.

The extension features three new holes 9, 10 and 11 which will have dramatic new views overlooking the Firth of Forth and will add considerably to both the course features and playing challenge. Beyond the clubhouse development and course extension, the Renaissance owners are also considering the creation of a stand-alone, twenty bedroom luxury lodge in the longer term.

This would add to the Club’s accommodation and leisure facilities for international guests and their families seeking to enjoy a short break in Scotland with the appeal of easy access to Europe.

To find out more about The Renaissance Club, please visit

Ogilvie Construction, part of the Ogilvie Group, is one of the leading building firms in Scotland. The family-owned business has its head office in Stirling and operates throughout Scotland and the North of England.

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Linda Bain of Linda Bain Communications
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Simon Holt, Director of Membership, The Renaissance Club
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