A new event aimed at building “inner-city” golf is being held in the Capital later this month.
Golf in the Park, which is being organised by the Edinburgh Golf umbrella group, takes place at Bruntsfield Links on Saturday, August 23.
“Whilst it is Ryder Cup themed, we see this being an annual event, under ‘inner city’ golf, where we can really develop in future years an exciting and amazing package to showcase golf,” said spokesman Bill Buchan. “This year we plan to take golfers on a journey from 400 years ago – golf has been played at Bruntsfield Links for about that period – up to today and will encourage people to dress up in plus fours etc.
“We think the team at Edinburgh Golf have put a good package together and, if we get this right, we really could make a significant impact on the Edinburgh golf scene.
“Potentially, we can also use it as a blueprint for doing similar events in other cities.”
The event will take on a team format, the cost to enter being £100 per team for businesses and £50 for golf clubs. “We see this as a great opportunity to connect with clubs, as we expect to have approximately 20 clubs from the Lothians there,” added Buchan.
“The Lothians Golf Association Executive have already confirmed they will be entering a team, while we will also have three teams from the SGU Board, the SLGA Board and the Scottish Golf staff. We also expect many businesses from the golfing/leisure industry to be involved, and are planning to have each hole sponsored. Even at this early stage we already have three hole sponsors in place.
“The R&A have also given us two tickets for next year’s Open as a prize, we have two Ryder Cup tickets as well and the Stephen Gallacher Foundation will also be providing prizes, along with others such as Royal and Awesome and Pure Gym.”
Also backing the event is the Golf Tavern, which will effectively be the clubhouse for the day and where a bacon roll and a beer will be provided for all competitors. It will also host a barbecue.
“The PGA will be there, but we should be able to use our own club professionals as well,” continued Buchan.
“We may also try to get the Hickory Open people involved as I think the idea of putting a show on at Bruntsfield, where it sort of started all these years ago, would be a significant attraction.
“Also, as the day is during the Edinburgh Festival, I feel that we have a great opportunity to attract a lot of interest from golfers from all over.”