St Andrew Square to become the home of (mini) golf

The interactive golf village. Picture: comp
The interactive golf village. Picture: comp
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A CITY centre square is set to be transformed into a mini golfing resort later this week to celebrate the upcoming 
Scottish Open.

St Andrew Square will play host to the Golf Coast Village Interactive Zone from Thursday until Sunday – a sporting extravaganza boasting a variety of golf-themed attractions for all the family.

Family-friendly fun for both keen and novice players. Picture: Greg Macvean

Family-friendly fun for both keen and novice players. Picture: Greg Macvean

Residents can sharpen their swing with the help of staff from the Nike Performance Fitting Centre, and then put their driving to the test using a hi-tech simulator.

A “chip over the water” challenge, meanwhile, offers golfers the chance to show off their skills and accuracy, while children and families can get involved through a mini putting green.

The event is being run ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in Gullane next month, which is followed by the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Seniors Open at Archerfield Links in August.

The Scottish Open is one of the European Tour calendar’s highlights and offers players their last chance to grab a spot in The Open Championship, which will be played on the Old Course at St Andrews later in July.

Golf is not as stuffy as people might think. It’s very open and friendly

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown, East Lothian’s tourism projects officer for golf, said the St Andrew Square celebration would be family-friendly and inclusive.

He said: “What we want to do is just show people that golf is not as stuffy as people might think. It’s very open and friendly. It’s a bit of fun that people can pick up quite quickly.

“It’s also about giving people the idea that golf is just as good to watch as football and rugby. We’re hoping for a couple of hundred people a day – and if we get good weather across the weekend, possibly more.”

The Scottish Open will be at Gullane from July 9-12, with East Lothian Council warning of “heavier traffic than normal at key times”.

Parking will be available on the east side of Gullane, with a free shuttle bus on hand to take visitors to and from the site.

Visitors travelling from the north, west and Edinburgh are being asked to use the A1 towards Berwick-upon-Tweed, before exiting at the Oak Tree Junction, Haddington, and following signs for Aberlady and then the AA markers.

Those approaching from the south are urged to take the A1 towards Edinburgh before following the same instructions as above, with those using the A7 or A68 advised to follow signs to Haddington via the A6093, before then following the appropriate AA signs.

A drop-off point for taxis and other vehicles will be provided at Goose Green.