Why the ultra-luxurious Ardfin estate in Scotland is one of the coolest places in golf

When Ardfin was bought by Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey in 2010, work began on the Jura House (right) and Farm Quads (left), which have been extensively and meticulously renovated to accommodate a small number of guests.

Andreas von Einsiedel

If you’ve ever wanted an experience where you can truly get away from it all, perhaps there is no more desirable destination than Ardfin. This 12,000 acre estate is breathtakingly situated on Scotland’s remote island of Jura, accessible only by boat from neighboring Islay or mainland Scotland.

With a huge selection of rare Jura whiskeys available at Ardfin’s beautifully sophisticated bar, it can be difficult to tear yourself away for other pursuits.

Andreas von Einsiedel

The Maison du Jura, the centerpiece of the estate, dates from the 18th century.

The accommodation comprises 10 superbly furnished guest rooms fully staffed to cater for a guest’s every whim.

Visitors can also enjoy 13 additional sumptuously appointed bedrooms in the quadrangles of the estate’s Ardfin farm, as well as two additional apartments and private dining rooms to better accommodate small groups.

The reason why customers travel thousands of miles to this ultra-remote location?

For a course – and an experience – like no other.

Ardfin’s billiard room is adorned with a series of deer mounted on the walls. If they sound familiar to you, there’s a reason: you’ll see plenty of these wild red deer – the only type found in the Jura – roaming the property.

Andreas von Einsiedel

Ten years ago, planning began to build a world-class golf course along the Ardfin Estate’s seven miles of pristine coastline.

Australian architect Bob Harrison’s vision resulted in a spectacular collection of holes located atop cliffs, along beaches and around ancient stone walls a decade later.

The entire course of the walking route encompasses over 240 acres.

So it’s no surprise that after its official opening this year, Ardfin is making its debut at # 74 in the ranking of the top 100 GOLF courses in the world.

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As a four-year member of Columbia’s First Class University Golfers, Jessica can outdo everyone on the masthead. She can also outdo them in the office, where she is primarily responsible for producing print and online items, and overseeing large special projects, such as the first style issue of GOLF, which debuted in February. 2018. His original interview series, “A Round With”, debuted in November 2015 and has appeared both in the magazine and as a video on GOLF.com.