Before it goes up for grabs at Gullane next week, the Scottish Open trophy is to be a centrepiece of a family golf event in the heart of Edinburgh tomorrow.
The city’s second ‘Golf in the Park’ event takes place on Bruntsfield Short Hole Course between 10am and 5.30pm and is aimed at promoting the sport in a fun environment.
There’s a competitive element in the form of an 18-hole Texas Scramble on a layout prominent in the birth of the game 500 years ago, with three different entry fee levels.
But the main aim of the day for Edinburgh Golf, the working partnership between 14 golf clubs in and around Edinburgh, is to help increase participation in golf.
“I truly believe this is an exceptional event to really promote golf in the city, at a fabulous venue, in a fun environment,” said Bill Buchan, Chairman of ClubGolf and a leader of Edinburgh Golf.
“This event is aimed at increasing the participation of golf, especially among children and families. We hope to attract many new participants, and to encourage current golfers who are not club members to consider becoming members.
“The event also highlights that golf is appealing to all levels in the game, as we will have professionals who can help beginners who haven’t tried the sport before. We’re showing that golf is different to many of the perceptions that exist.”
The event, being staged in association with Aberdeen Asset Management, is free to attend and other attractions include the Dave Edwards Trick Show, a Street Golf Zone and a Pro Zone. All this is taking part close to The Golf Tavern, where there will be a BBQ area and photo opportunity with the Scottish Open trophy.