Saltire Trophy to signal end of golfing bonanza

Angela Leitch, chief executive of East Lothian Council, with Jacky Montgomery, director of golf at Dunbar Golf Club, Daniel Sommerville, events manager of the SGU, and Gael Pollitt, captain of Dunbar Golf Club

Angela Leitch, chief executive of East Lothian Council, with Jacky Montgomery, director of golf at Dunbar Golf Club, Daniel Sommerville, events manager of the SGU, and Gael Pollitt, captain of Dunbar Golf Club

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A new amateur event is set to cap a feast of golf in East Lothian this year.

The Saltire Trophy will be the centrepiece of a week-long series of events on Scotland’s Golf Coast in October.

It will be played over 72 holes, starting on Monday, October 19 at Gullane No. 1, where the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open takes place for the first time in July. The Stableford event then moves on to Longniddry and Dunbar – there will be a rest day in between those two venues – before concluding at The Renaissance Club on Friday, October 23.

“We are delighted to be one of the host courses for Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival,” said Bob Gunning, chairman of the East Lothian Golf Tourism Alliance and general manager at Longniddry. “We are very excited about the Saltire Trophy, which provides an opportunity for golfers to experience the excellent courses in East Lothian and which will be in as good condition in October as they are in the main playing season.”

The Saltire Trophy will be book-ended by events at Gifford and Musselburgh Links. Gifford is hosting a nine-hole warm up on Sunday, October 18 while a hickory tournament is set to take place at Musselburgh Links on Saturday, October 24.

It all adds to an exciting golfing menu on offer in East Lothian this summer, the tastiest treat, of course, being the aforementioned Scottish Open that is set to have Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson topping its bill.

Hot on the heels of that, Muirfield will stage the Scottish Amateur Championship and, in August, the Scottish Senior Open is heading to Archerfield Links for the first time. All of which follows the Scottish Boys’ Championship having already been held at Dunbar.

“It’s going to be another great year for us, with major championships taking place on our great courses and a huge economic boost to our area, with so many visitors expected,” said Angela Leitch, chief executive of East Lothian Council. “East Lothian is well and truly on the map as a leading destination for the world’s golfing community.”