Free golf day initiative at Braid Hills

SCENIC: Braid Hills hopes to allow lots of people to sample its 'unique topography'
SCENIC: Braid Hills hopes to allow lots of people to sample its 'unique topography'
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A one-off free golf day is being held to mark the 125th birthday of the Braid Hills golf course.

Next Thursday’s offer from Edinburgh Leisure is at dedicated times in order to avoid disruption to the quarter-finals of the Dispatch Trophy.

“We are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible on Thursday to enjoy a free game at historic Braid Hills,” said David Atkinson, the golf and grounds maintenance manager.

“The Braids has a unique topography which is ideal for golf. The gorse bushes, the highs and lows of the land, lends itself perfectly to the game.

“It also creates a challenging course which has always attracted enthusiasts, as well as tourists thanks to its beautiful views.”

The Braids course was established after safety issues required the closure of Bruntsfield Links.

Despite its name, it was not designed by the legendary James Braid. Rather, it is laid out over Braid Hill.

Braid did play there, though, as did Tommy Armour, who was nicknamed the ‘Silver Scot’ and won three majors.

“The Braid Hills site was a marvel at the time, as a golf course situated in the centre of a capital city,” state Edinburgh Leisure in a press release highlighting its milestone.

“Golf, previously mostly associated with seaside sites, became urban. The success of ‘The Braids’ was credited with inspiring a wealth of new city golf courses which were established in the decades to follow.”

The free golf offer next Thursday is from 7am-3pm and 6pm-7.30pm, with times on a first-come, first-served basis.