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American has ambitious plans for his stunning new course

Take a wander to the Point of The Renaissance Club and you'll be greeted with jaw-dropping views of the Firth of Forth and the rocky outcrop of Fidra, often said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'.

The 11th hole with stunning views over the Firth of Forth
The 11th hole with stunning views over the Firth of Forth

Jerry Sarvadi, the Jacksonville businessman who is writing this particular East Lothian golfing tale, is certainly no pirate, but he's still got his eyes on the potential pots of gold that come with tournament golf.

"If they offered me the Open Championship I'd take it," said Sarvadi with a smile. It was widely known that The Renaissance, which emerged on the landscape in 2008, had been in the running to host the Scottish Open last year, before European Tour officials plumped for Castle Stuart on the outskirts of Inverness.

The domestic flagship will return to the Highlands again this summer but Sarvadi has ambitious visions for his £25m creation and is confident an event of considerable distinction will arrive in the near future.

The Scottish Open remains very much on his radar while he is eager to lure the world's elder statesmen of the game to his blossoming development having added the Senior Open to his wish list.

"We'd definitely be interested in that," said the 63-year-old, an avid golfer who plays off a handicap of seven at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. "We have talked about that to the Royal & Ancient. We've had Peter Dawson [the chief executive] here for a look around and I think he now sees what we see. The Senior Open is at Turnberry this year, at Birkdale next year and it's in Wales the following year. That leaves 2015?"

As far as the Scottish Open is concerned, Sarvadi added: "We would love to be part of it. We were in the running last year and the officials were here. We've had further discussions and some of things we are putting in place have been a result of those discussions.

"To me, a rotation of the Scottish Open to a couple of courses makes more sense. It doesn't have to be the same place all the time. The European Tour people know what I think regarding that."

Nestling alongside the £50m development of Archerfield Links and right next door to the revered Muirfield, Sarvadi's operation is keeping distinguished company.

"As far as I'm concerned, we're as good as neighbours can be," said the American, whose membership at The Renaissance includes the likes of Alan Shearer and Barclays head honcho, Bob Diamond. "We try to respect what they've done. The Archerfield facilities are magnificent. How could you not want to respect that kind of investment. And the Honourable Company with its traditions and history? You'll always respect that."

This amicable arrangement with that venerable institution across the fence allowed Sarvadi to acquire a triangular piece of Muirfield-owned land upon which he, and course designer Tom Doak, are fashioning three stunning firthside holes.

By June 2013, those holes, as well as a new clubhouse, will be finished and Sarvadi's showpiece will be complete.

"A month later the Open will be held at Muirfield," added Sarvadi with an obvious sense of anticipation "That's going to be quite a good time to showcase the place isn't it?"

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