Why Scotland’s ultra-luxe Ardfin Estate is one of the coolest spots in golf

When Ardfin was purchased by Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey in 2010, work began on the estate’s Jura House (right) and Farm Quads (left), which were extensively and meticulously renovated to accommodate small numbers of guests.

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

With an extensive selection of rare Jura whiskies available at Ardfin’s gorgeously sophisticated bar, it might be tough to tear yourself away for other activities.

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Jura House, the centerpiece of the estate, dates back to the 18th century.

Accommodations include 10 rooms exquisitely furnished and fully staffed to cater to a guest’s every whim.

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

The reason guests travel for thousands of miles to this ultra-remote location?

For a course — and an experience — unlike any other.

Ardfin’s billiards room is adorned with a series of deer mounted on the walls. If they look familiar, there’s a reason: You’ll see plenty of these wild red deer — the only type found on Jura — roaming the property.

Andreas von Einsiedel

Ten years ago, planning commenced to construct a world-class golf course along Ardfin estate’s seven miles of pristine coastline.

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

The entire routing of the walking-only course encompasses more than 240 acres.

Little surprise then that after its official opening this year, Ardfin debuts at No. 74 on GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World ranking.

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