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November 05, 2014


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GOODBYE WARM WEATHER, HELLO WINTER

Well what an unseasonably warm Halloween we had last week. I enjoyed winning the prize ‘pumpkin' as part of a team in our club's fun Halloween Bowmaker competition and I even more I enjoyed playing golf in a skort and short-sleeved shirt at the end of October! A week later the weather has finally turned cooler and my winter golfing wardrobe has had to come out. With that in mind it's a good idea to start to think about your golf equipment supplies – have you got the winter woollies ready? The thermal layers? The hand-warmers? I made the mistake of heading out with my stand bag only to get caught out in some heavy downpours yesterday which saturated my clubs and they are still drying out. So it's time to have that seasonal sort out. I've suggested a few handy ideas in my blog below for things you might like to consider...

PRO NEWS

LETAS Top Five Progress to Ladies European Tour

The final event of the LET Access Series, the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa, not only produced its eleventh first time winner of the season but also decided the top five players, who will progress directly to the Ladies European Tour for the 2015 season.

The LET Access Series graduates are, in qualifying order: Emma Westin from Sweden (1), Lina Boqvist of Sweden (2), Daisy Nielsen from Denmark (3), Isabella Ramsay of Sweden (4) and Tonje Daffinrud from Norway (5).

Denmark's Daisy Nielsen won the final event, the WPGA International Challenge, cementing her place on the order of merit in 3 rd   place. The 20 –year-old has enjoyed a very solid season with a further six top ten finishes, two of which were runner-up positions in the Open Generali de Strasbourg in France and the Grecotel Amirandes Ladies Open played in Crete.

“It's just amazing, it's so nice I don't have to go to Tour School. It's been great to play on the Access Series this year, everyone is so nice, I'm just so happy.”

Sweden's Emma Westin topped the LETAS order of merit, with a record breaking three tournament wins, which has not been achieved before in the Series' five year history. Westin won the Solvesborg Ladies Open hosted by Fanny Sunesson in Sweden, the week after she missed her only cut.

Further wins came in the HLR Golf Academy Open in Finland and the Mineks & Regnum Ladies Classic in Turkey. With a further five top ten finishes, including finishing tied 8 th   at the WPGA International Challenge, Westin remained ahead of her fellow countrywoman Lina Boqvist, who finished 2 nd   on the order of merit.

“It's amazing, I can't describe my feelings right now, it's cool.” On her goals for her first year on the Ladies European Tour, she said: “Just getting a lot of experience and having a really good season.”

Boqvist, a winner of the Onsjo Ladies Open, enjoyed an extremely consistent season, with just one missed cut and only one placing outside the top 20 in 15 starts. The Swede also finished her season strongly with a fourth place finish at Stoke by Nayland.

Sweden's Isabella Ramsay was one of three players who won multiple times in 2014, winning the Kristianstad Ahus Ladies PGA Open in her home country and the Royal Belgian Federation LETAS Trophy. Ramsay recorded a further seven top ten finishes during the season to secure her place in fourth on the order of merit.

She said: “It feels so good, I really can't believe it and that the season is done and everything is over. I am flying home tomorrow and I am going to meet my family and we are going to have some champagne.”

Fifth place was occupied by Norway's Tonje Daffinrud. The 23-year-old enjoyed a remarkable finish to her season, recording back-to-back wins at the Azores Ladies Open and the Grecotel Amirandes Ladies Open. Daffinrud had received an invitation to compete in the LET's Cell C South African Women's Open but decided to play in the final event of the LETAS season, in an effort to move from 7 th   on the order of merit and into the top five.

Daffinrud was conscious that she would need to finish in the top four places to guarantee her place in the all-important top five positions on the order of merit. The Norwegian started strongly, tying for the lead after nine holes with Nielsen, but admitted to feeling some nerves over the final nine holes, which she played in 2 over par, 38. Her third place was still good enough to secure the fifth and final qualifying spot.

Daffinrud commented, “It feels amazing and unreal. I don't have words for it, it feels so good. I didn't really feel any pressure until the back nine. I was really calm and settled on the front nine and I was playing really well and not that anything changed but I knew that a lot was at stake. I just tried to keep cool and play one shot at a time but it definitely hit me on the back nine a little bit.”

In addition to the top five players on the LET Access Series Order of Merit earning their Ladies European Tour cards, a further fifteen LETAS players also progressed to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School, which takes place over the Samanah and Al Maaden Golf Courses in Marrakech, Morocco from the 17 – 21 December.

Those players include Caroline Rominger, Vittoria Valvassori, Melanie Maetzler, Maria Beautell, Emma Nilsson, Marta Sanz Barrio, Laura Murray, Melodie Bourdy, Charlotte Wild, Kiran Matharu, Georgia Hall, Kym Larratt, Carmen Alonso, Jane Turner and Anna Rossi.

Amateur Star Alexandra Peters turns Pro

Leading Italian golf and sports apparel brand Chervò has signed England amateur star Alexandra Peters.

Alex is considered to be one of the brightest young talents in British women's golf and turns professional after a hugely successful amateur career. An England international since the age of 14, Peters amateur career saw her win the prestigious English Women's Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship in 2012, in addition to being crowned the number one female amateur golfer in England in 2013.

Peters, whose golfing idol is Luke Donald, began playing golf aged just seven, at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell), Notts. Her ambition for the next 12 months is to secure her card for the Ladies European Tour (LET), and she will compete in the LET Tour School qualifying event in the coming weeks. 

Beyond that, she is targeting the Top 10 of the World Rankings – and a major championship, too.

Peters said: “Chervò's clothing is so beautifully-made and such incredible quality – it makes you feel good on the course. I'm very excited to wear it.”

Chervò is a pioneer in introducing new technologies and functions into golf apparel. The company's vision is the fusion of chic and technical elements, making every Chervò product exclusive in form and content. The result is a collection that guarantees superior technical performance and an unmistakably Italian elegance in all weather conditions – on the course, in the clubhouse and beyond.

Manfred Erlacher, Chervò CEO, said: “We are delighted that Alex will be wearing Chervò during her professional career. We're proud that such a talented golfer will be wearing our clothing across Europe in the coming year. Alex is ambitious to achieve great things in the game – and with the support of Chervò, we hope to see her achieving her goals in the near future.”

Sporting Nielsen in the fast lane for Europe

Daisy Nielsen of Demark played and conducted herself like a champion in winning the WPGA International Challenge to secure her card for the Ladies European Tour.

Locked with France's Melodie Bourdy on nine-under-par after 54-holes at Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, Nielsen prevailed in a sudden death play-off to claim the €4,800 winner's cheque.

That is biggest prize the 21-year-old has won in her short career but it is eclipsed by the coveted Tour card she earned by finishing third in the Letas Access Series Order of Merit.

“It means so much to me,” she said. “It's so nice to have got my card. It's been amazing to have played on this tour this year. There have been 16 tournaments and they've been a great preparation for the Ladies European Tour.”

In addition to holding her nerve to win the play off, Nielsen, the daughter of former World speedway champion, Hans, demonstrated the integrity the game of golf prides itself on.

Thinking she may have moved the ball when she lined up a putt but not wholly sure, she penalised herself a stroke even though her two playing partners had seen nothing untoward.

Recalling the incident on the 10 th   green she said: “I addressed my putter, looked at the hole and then looked at the ball again.

“It looked as though it had moved but I didn't see it move. I wasn't sure but it seemed to have moved because it wasn't in the same place. Either that or my putter had moved.

‘We ended up by calling the referee and she said I had decide whether to penalise myself or not. I didn't know whether it had moved so I thought it was best to give myself a penalty. I would have felt bad if I hadn't.”

Prior to the hole, Nielsen was level with Bourdy on seven-under while the two others who began the day on five-under, England's Charlotte Ellis and Tonje Daffinrud of Norway, were beginning to slip out of contention.

And having missed the chance to take an outright lead at the ninth by squandering a birdie opportunity, the incident could have derailed the Dane's challenge.

She succeeded, however, in putting the setback behind her and repaired the damage caused by the self-inflicted dropped shot with a birdie at the par five 16th to set up the play-off.

AMATEUR NEWS

Top players selected for England squads

British stroke play champion Meghan MacLaren is one of the players named in the England training squads for 2014/15.

The squads include players based both in this country and in the USA and there's a completely fresh look to the home-based women's squad, with all eight members new to this level of training.

The England women's squad is: Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Sammie Giles (St Mellion, Cornwall), Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Inci Mehmet (Wentworth, Surrey) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire).

Those at college in the USA are: Hayley Davis (Ferndown, Dorset), Bronte Law (Bramhall, Cheshire) and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire).

Hayley Davis is the English strokeplay champion and Bronte Law, a Curtis Cup player, is the English amateur champion. Meghan MacLaren (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) won the British title immediately before returning to the USA to resume her studies.

The home-based players include four members of the winning Ladies' Home Internationals team: Gemma Clews, English girls' champion India Clyburn, Alice Hewson and Bethan Popel. Inci Mehmet and India Clyburn were in England's winning Girls' Home Internationals team and Sammie Giles is the English mid-amateur champion. Lianna Bailey and Emma Goddard have produced consistently high results this season.

Teenagers selected for U18 training squads

Leading teenager Hollie Muse has been named in the England Golf U18 training squads for 2014/15.

The girls' squad is: Emma Allen (Meon Valley, Hampshire), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Samantha Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey), Eloise Healey (West Lancashire, Lancashire), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) and Hollie Muse (West Lancashire, Lancashire).

Of the girls' squad, Hollie Muse, at the age of 14, is a full England international, having helped to win both the girls' and ladies' Home Internationals this season. The winning girls' team also included Emma Allen, who helped Hampshire win Women's County Finals, and Sophie Lamb, who won the Fairhaven Trophy for the second successive time.

Sammy Fuller was a member of the successful 2013 team at Girls' Home Internationals and has also represented GB&I, while Eloise Healey has represented England at U16 level. Annabel Bailey was runner-up at the English girls' championship and has just made the cut in the WPGA Challenge on the LET Access Series.

Bronte's birdie blitz wins US title

English champion Bronte Law produced a birdie blitz to win her second title on the US women's college circuit.  

Bronte, from Bramhall in Cheshire, was four-under par on her final nine holes of the Stanford Intercollegiate in California, hosted by Dr Condoleezza Rice, and won by two shots.  

She had four consecutive birdies from the 11th and although she dropped a shot on the short 17th she finished with another birdie on the last. It helped the Curtis Cup player to a total of eight-under par for the 54-hole event.  

Bronte, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), had scores of six-under 65, 71 and 69. Her college finished third in the team event.  

Bronte is enjoying a run of low-scoring. In the Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Japan last month she was 14-under par for four rounds and tied for third place in the individual table. So far in this US college season she is also 14-under par, for her nine rounds played
The 19-year-old international is in her second year at UCLA and has played in two Curtis Cup teams. She won the English women's amateur in July.  

Laura's the new face of England Golf Training and Education  
England Golf has appointed Laura Rushby to the new post of Head of Training and Education.

Laura will be responsible for an extensive training and education programme within England Golf, including a particular focus on the needs of volunteers and paid staff within golf clubs.

She will work closely with national partners to develop the new programme, which will support the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17. The plan, Raising Our Game, aims to strengthen and develop golf in England, creating stronger clubs and increasing participation and membership.  

Laura has a degree in sports management, is a keen golfer and brings over 13 years of experience working in the golf industry to the role.  
Before joining England Golf, Laura worked at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club as the Events and Marketing Manager where she organised over 150 competitions and events annually, designed and implemented a new club website and created a new junior and women's golf academy with the head PGA professional, to help the club achieve GolfMark status in 2013.

Laura was previously a regional manager for ClubGolf in Scotland where she worked closely with key partners, clubs and local authorities to educate teachers to deliver the schools golf programme and train golf club officials to develop junior programmes and facilities.  This led to more than double the number of children and facilities taking part in golf coaching programmes in her area.  

Before that Laura was a championship manager for the Ladies Golf Union, where she organised British amateur tournaments and matches and was part of the management team for the RICOH Women's British Open.
Laura commented: “I am delighted to be joining England Golf at this exciting time. Having worked within a golf club, as well as with a number of different facilities, volunteers, PGA professionals, county and national organisations, I have seen the need for education and training and the positive difference it can make.”

Richard Flint, the England Golf Participation and Club Support Director, said: “We are delighted that Laura is joining England Golf in this important role which strengthens our support for clubs. It is essential that, working with our partners, we understand the training and education needs of the paid and volunteer workforce within clubs so that we can support them and work together to increase regular participation and membership.”  

Golfers in pink raise £1,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign

Colourfully-clad visitors to Hoebridge Golf Centre helped raise more than £1,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign by participating in national Wear it Pink Day.

With everyone donning pink clothing, the public pay-and-play centre also supported the fundraising with a themed bake sale with contributions from staff including banana bread, German biscuits and Jelly Belly Cupcakes baked by Senior General Manager, Mike O'Connell.

The retail team from Hoebridge – part of BGL Golf, the UK's leading golf course owner and operator – also got in on the action in the golf shop with a charity raffle offering prizes including lessons, fourball vouchers, food hampers and more.

Mike O'Connell, Hoebridge Golf Centre Senior General Manager, said: “We stage numerous charity golf days throughout the year and support a variety of causes off-course as well, and Wear it Pink is always popular with both guests and staff.

For more information on Hoebridge Golf Centre visit:  www.hoebridgegc.co.uk  or call: 01483 722611. 

USA victory for Hayley Davis

England international Hayley Davis shot two-under par to win her second title on the US women's college circuit in the annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Texas.

She laid the foundations of the win with a superb seven-under 65 in the first round and followed up with scores of 75, 74. She had 12 birdies and an eagle during the 54-hole event.  

Hayley, from Ferndown in Dorset, is a student at Baylor University, Texas, and her coach, Jay Goble, commented after the final round: "Hayley played great this week. Today she did not have all the putts fall, but it was a really dominant performance.”

Hayley is in great form. She won the English women's stroke play championship immediately before returning to the USA and only last week was runner-up in another college tournament.  

Her latest result underlines her consistently strong scoring, providing her 13th top three finish in her college career. She has been placed in the top five 16 times.  

Hayley's result helped Baylor to finish third in the team event, their best result so far this season.

India beats the nerves for another win

England international India Clyburn overcame a late attack of the nerves to seal a superb season by winning the girls' title at the 2014 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

The 17-year-old from Woodhall Spa has been on stunning form this summer and led from the front at Quinta do Lago's redeveloped North Course to add the prestigious title to her season's roll of honour.  

India has already won the English girls' open amateur, the Scottish junior stroke play and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy – and helped England to win both the girls' and ladies' Home Internationals.

India, sister of Ladies' European Tour player Holly, held a commanding five-stroke lead after the first day, when she returned a course record 69, and extended her advantage by a further stroke going into the final 18 holes. But on a rain-interrupted last day, North Yorkshire's Lily Downs began to close the gap as India hit trouble as the event reached its climax. There was just one stroke in it when India overcooked a shot and found her ball lying by a tree root on the 15th hole, leading to her second double-bogey of the day.  

But India settled her nerves by securing a fine birdie at the par-three 16th hole before maintaining her composure over the final two holes to clinch a two-stroke victory from Lily Downs (Romanby), with Surrey's Elizabeth Prior  (Burhill) five shots further back in third.

"It was so tough out there, especially with two doubles in my last round,” said India."I was getting angry with myself and in the end I lost count of my score and didn't know what to do. I just tried to do something in the final three holes.  

“It's great to add my name on the trophy and all the things that come with winning this. My coach, Graham Walker, happened to be out here for the first round so I was happy to tell him that I shot a 69 in my opening 18!"

NEW GEAR

Irons of sheer desire

If money is no object and you're on the look-out for a new set of irons, perhaps a very luxurious Christmas present, then brand new British company, Sterling England has a set that will leave you dazzled.
Sterling England's irons are all built bespoke and are an exclusive British designed set of irons, which can be Fully Customised and personalised to your precise specifications.

In every area of life people have a choice as to whether they go for the ordinary, the special, or something a significant step on from that, which just exudes class, quality and really stands out from the crowd. For golfers, though, this final option has long been missing when it comes to the clubs they play. Ultimately, playing golf is a craft, and creating the game's equipment was once a real art form. Sadly, such levels of craftsmanship have all but disappeared from the game… until now.

Sterling England's new bespoke irons fill golf's super-premium void, offering the most discerning of golfers truly exquisite tools that bear the hallmark of unique British designs, real innovation, the finest craftsmanship and unmatched attention to detail.

Each Sterling design is 100% British, inspired by the heritage of the game and embraces the finest techniques and milling processes to bring you products that truly are a work of art. The clubs are individually handcrafted using the finest materials to deliver a product that is already unique to you, even before they have been tailor-made and personalised to your precise specifications and wishes.

These stunning irons are available in a choice of three colours – Silver and 24K gold Leaf, silver or Smoke black with a wide array of shaft options from the premier brands, and the grips of your choice from the top players in the market such as Golf Pride, Lamkin and Winn. And if you have a preference not listed, we will move heaven and earth to meet your wishes.

These wonders of golf club engineering, forged from finest Japanese S25C Carbon Steel then completely CNC-milled, have been two years in the design and testing phase. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is second-to-none within the golf industry, with the end result a set of irons that both look supreme and perform supremely. After a personal fitting at one of our UK stockists or our UK fitting centre, your exclusive set of irons will be made from scratch, specifically for you, to your desired specification and delivered to you within 6-8 Weeks.

For that extra finishing touch, your name or details will be etched onto the hosel of each iron, while each set comes with a Sterling Silver Ball Marker, again personalised to your wishes, and an elegant set of iron covers to keep your clubs pristine. Discerning golfers who like the very best things in life will already have the house of their dreams, a car that turns heads and a watch that makes a strong statement about who they are. Finally, they can now own a set of golf clubs that really sets them apart too.

Sterling England irons are priced at £3,500 for nine clubs from 4-iron to sand wedge, including a gap wedge. Visit www.sterling-england.com

Carly's countdown to Christmas is back!

Yes it's fast approaching that time of year again when we need to start thinking about what to put on our Christmas lists. So whether you are buying for a golfing friend or relative or just fancy adding something new to your bag in the New Year I aim to point you in the direction of some fantastic Christmas present and stocking filler ideas in the coming weeks.

An easy STOCKING FILLER - ‘GREEN SLEEVE' POCKET BALL-CLEANER

The innovative new pocket-sized golf ball and iron-cleaner,  Green Sleeve , has just launched to the UK market.

The revolutionary product – the brainchild of New Forest-based businessman Oliver Nimenko – is a unique addition to the golf accessories market, designed to be used primarily on and around the green.

Deep-cleaning microfibres – which have been rigorously-tested to ensure maximum cleaning power – line the knitted, conveniently pocket-sized sleeve, allowing dirty and muddy balls to be cleaned quickly and easily, without going to back to your golf bag or trolley.

These same microfibres are also designed to remove loose mud and sand from the iron heads, to aid ball-striking both from the fairway, rough and sand.

Company director Oliver said: “Green Sleeve is a product we're incredibly excited about and which we believe fills the gap in the market for a pocket-sized ball and iron cleaner, that's more convenient than a regular golf towel.

“The opportunity for businesses, brands and individual golf clubs to create their own, personalised and bespoke version of the Green Sleeve, featuring their brand colours and logo, really seemed to grab people's attention and after Harrogate, we're really gearing up for a successful 2015.”

Green Sleeves retail at £8.99 each (including free postage) and are available from  greensleevegolf.com in a range of colours including ‘The Original' all-green Green Sleeve.

A present to hang on the tree: SKYCADDIE TOUCH

New for Christmas 2014 in the UK is Touch - SkyCaddie's new ‘laser-killing' flagship product.

Priced at £329.99 it's not a cheap present for your loved one but you get to wrap up two gifts as it comes bundled with a FREE box of 1 dozen Bridgestone B330-RX golf balls at launch.

Pre-loaded with 35,000 exclusive SkyCaddie course maps; Bluetooth to free SkyGolf 360 App for latest map updates, including OnDemand HD graphics. It's packed with technology including IntelliGreen. Touch gives serious golfers an advantage over laser users.
Visit: www.skygolf.com for more information.

TRAVEL

The luxury Spanish golf break abroad at an affordable price

Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has unveiled its most luxurious package to date with accommodation at the resort's newly launched villas.
From now until 31st May 2015, golfers looking for a premium experience can enjoy a five night stay and four rounds of golf from just €420 per person.

Located just south of Alicante and nestled in a spectacular 330-hectare valley, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is fast becoming the region's most luxurious golf break destination thanks to stunning new accommodation and an array of world class facilities and unique experiences. The new villas available to rent are located in the Resort's Enebro Community with guests able to pick between the new Abubilla or Mirlo Villas. Those choosing to stay in the Abubilla villa will enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding pine forest vegetation and the luxury of the three-bedrooms sprawled across three floors, a large private garden and pool. Holidaymakers opting for the Mirlo Villa will be treated to even greater views of the golf course.

Nestled amongst vegetation on the fringes of the course, the villa offers Mediterranean living at its best, built around a private courtyard, with three spacious bedrooms, a private garden and pool. All villas have been created with the natural environment front of mind and quality and privacy inherent in their design, providing the ideal in convenience for Las Colinas guests.

The ultimate luxury package includes four rounds of golf each on the resort's Troon-managed 18-hole championship golf course designed by world renowned North American landscape architect, Cabell B. Robinson.
One of Continental Europe's Top 100 courses, the par-71, 6973-yard layout offers visitors of all abilities an exciting challenge within a unique setting. Visitors can create even greater holiday memories choosing from a unique menu of a world apart holiday add-ons provided by Las Colinas that include local wine tours, sailing and fishing charters, diving, hot air balloon rides, region tours and a visit to the International School of Falconry Las Colinas. During their stay guests can also take advantage of Las Colinas Golf & Country Club's world class facilities that include an ocean front beach club, trails through 200,000 square metres of natural space, tennis and paddle tennis courts, with fine dining offered in enso sushibar and UNiK CAFÉ. Make a trip unforgettable with a stay in the new villas at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club.

Visit: www.aworldapart.es for more information and bookings.

An Autumn Escape to Scotland

Scotland's Golf Coast has launched the inaugural ‘Saltire Trophy' taking place this month. 

Open to all amateur golfers, this 72-hole Stableford tournament will be played over four inspiring links courses offering players the opportunity to extend their golf into the Autumn months in one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.

Commencing on Monday 24th November, the week starts off with a stiff challenge at Gullane No. 1, home of the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open; followed by a visit to Dunbar Golf Club, an Open Championship Qualifying Course; before tackling Londniddry Golf Club's mix of links & woodland; and concluding at the exclusive Renaissance Club on Friday the 28th November 2014.

This exciting event will test competitors on some of East Lothian's finest courses, along a 30-mile stretch of stunning coastline. East Lothian is known as the sunniest and driest area in Scotland, making it the perfect place for Autumn golf. With opportunities to stay in East Lothian for the duration of the week, competitors can immerse themselves in Scotland's Golf Coast, with opportunities to play all of East Lothian's courses, experience fantastic hospitality and sample the area's finest locally-sourced food. This is the perfect opportunity to not only compete, but to experience golfing excellence.

With the chance to play some of the world's finest links course, all for only £295, we recommend you reserve your place early to avoid disappointment. This includes Welcome Drinks on the first evening and the Prize-Giving Dinner at The Renaissance Club on the final evening.

The Saltire Trophy - ITINERARY

24th – 28th November 2014

www.golfeastlothian.com

Monday 24th November

10.30: Gullane No.1

Steeped in golfing history, this stunning links is playable all-year round and will host the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The golf course snakes across Gullane Hill from where you can enjoy some of the best views in the world of golf. This course will present one of the best challenges in Scotland for Saltire Trophy competitors.

19.00   Welcome reception at Duck's, Aberlady. Enjoy a warm and friendly welcome to Scotland's Golf Coast. Rest and unwind at the end of the first day of the competition. Refuel with some of the best local food and drink; and relax with ‘bar putting games' or a fine Cuban cigar.

Tuesday 25th November

09.30: Dunbar Golf Club

With a proud history stretching back to 1856, Dunbar presents a challenging test for players of all levels. A Classic Scottish Links Course, which hugs the coastline along a narrow strip of land within yards of the waves crashing onto the rocky shore. Stunning scenery and a welcoming Clubhouse will complete a memorable experience on Day two of the competition.

Wednesday 26th November - Rest Day
Wednesday is the time for all our golfers to take stock and prepare for the final two days of the competition. There will be no competitive golf, so it is the opportunity to enjoy all East Lothian has to offer, from the fantastic attractions, delicious local food and drink, or one of the 22 must-play golf courses.    Alternatively players can enjoy some of the other events taking place during the Saltire Festival, to celebrate East Lothian as the home of Scotland's Flag and Scotland's patron saint St. Andrew. A full list of events can be found at – www.visiteastlothian.org/saltire2014 .

Thursday 27th November

09.30: Longniddry Golf Club

This Harry S Colt designed course offers a traditional test of golf over its unique combination of links and woodland, many holes having spectacular views to the city centre, beyond to the Forth Bridges and across the Firth of Forth to Fife. 6260 yards may not seem long, but with no par 5's and eight 400 plus yard par 4's, this is a stiff challenge, particularly in a west wind.

Friday 28th November

09.30: The Renaissance Club

The week comes to a close at The Renaissance Club, which will provide both a challenging and memorable final day. Named ‘Best New Course in Great Britain and Ireland' by Golf Monthly, it is one of the world's most exclusive golf clubs, and has been lauded by critics and golfing professionals as one of the most exquisite golfing venues in the world. This is the final chance to secure the Saltire Trophy and experience a world-class haven for golfers.

18.30 : Prize-Giving Dinner, The Renaissance Club

Settle down amongst one of the world's most exclusive clubhouses, experience a vibrant atmosphere and enjoy some fantastic food and drink, prepared by chefs trained in Michelin-starred restaurants. This wonderful celebration brings the tournament to a close and allows us to present the first ever winner with the Saltire Trophy.

Scotland's Golf Coast has a diverse offering of accommodation to offer Saltire Trophy competitors, providing the perfect opportunity to rest, relax and unwind before enjoying another round of golf. It is a dream for visiting golfers, with all accommodation providing easy access to golf courses. Competitors will be spoiled for choice with 5-star luxury hotels, family-run bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments or even centuries-old stately homes all on offer. No matter where you choose to stay you are guaranteed a very warm welcome and an authentic experience. To find suitable hotels for your trip to the Saltire Trophy, visit – www.golfeastlothian.com/accomodation .

To enter the Saltire Trophy, click on:   http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotlands-golf-coast-saltire-trophy-tickets-13752134003?aff=eorg  
or for further information, please contact Jonathan Brown on 01620 827178 or email jbrown@eastlothian.gov.uk .








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