Our 72 hole Links Golf Cup East Lothian is now in its 7th year and has quickly established itself as an eagerly anticipated fixture on the amateur golfing calendar. When you consider the stunning links involved, it is easy to see why. With 22 courses along a stretch of 30 miles of stunning coastline, East Lothian is a true golfer’s paradise.
Hopes are high as our starter calls out your name and you get underway at the magnificent Gullane No. 2 – a course renowned for being in pristine condition all year round, and featuring perhaps the best greens you will play on all year. Following play, we head up the road for our Welcome Drinks Reception and an opportunity to relax after a long day on the links and get to know some of your fellow competitors.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the field will split and half will head to North Berwick while the others take on Kilspindie before swapping over on Thursday. North Berwick is a big favourite amongst golfers from all over the world and is a course that has to be tackled at least once in a lifetime. How will you cope with the unique challenge that the West Links provides? With greens set behind stone walls, the beach in play on a number of holes, and the infamous 16th green, you will certainly have plenty to tell your golfing friends when you get back to your home club.
With no competitive golf planned for Wednesday, our competitors have the chance to recharge their batteries and maybe head into Edinburgh to see the sights or take in some of the magnificent scenery along the East Lothian coast. If four rounds in five days isn’t enough, there are plenty of other fantastic local courses to book a tee time at.
Our ‘split field’ will swap over and those who played North Berwick on Tuesday will tackle the hidden gem of Kilspindie today. Set tight against the coastline of the beautiful Aberlady Bay, the course may appear short on the card and can offer up plenty of birdie chances, but beware the wind direction and the strategic bunkering. Can you plot your way around and post a good score? Just in time to jump up the leaderboard and put yourself into contention for the final round.
Having staged the Scottish Open in 2015 and again in 2018, our competitors will be following in the footsteps of the tour pros as Gullane No. 1 provides a fitting venue for the climax of the event. With a well-deserved reputation as one of the best kept courses in the country, No. 1 is a fantastic test of golf and always a treat to play. Upon conclusion of play, we head into the Clubhouse to present the prizes and enjoy some fantastic locally produced food and a few drinks.
Links Golf Cup Round 1 venue
Ranked 48th in Scotland
Former Open Championship Qualifying venue
2 holes used for 2015 Scottish Open composite course
The firm fairways and fast greens of Gullane No 2 provides a perfect start to the week. The course winds its way up and over Gullane Hill and down towards Aberlady Bay giving plenty of opportunity for breathtaking views.
Links Golf Cup Round 2 or 3 venue
Ranked 70th in the World & 9th in Scotland
2013 Open Championship Final Qualifying venue
2015 Scottish Open Pre Qualifying venue
North Berwick West Links is simply golfing heaven and has to be on every golfers bucket list. A quirky links with many interesting features and spectacular views of beautiful coastline out to Bass Rock – is there a more fun course in the UK?
Links Golf Cup Round 2 or 3 venue
Hidden gem of Scotland’s Golf Coast
A favourite with locals and visitors alike
The course might look fairly short on the card but there is still plenty to test our competitors at this true links – not least the signature Par 3 8th hole played across the bay from the medal tees.
Links Golf Cup Round 4 venue
Ranked 19th in Scotland
2015 Scottish Open venue
2013 Open Final Qualifying venue
The view from the top of Gullane Hill is one of the finest in golf, and featured in the PGA.com’s list of the 9 most picturesque golf spots.
We have teamed up with some local accommodation providers to offer our Links Golf Cup competitors discounted room rates when staying in the area for the event. To secure these preferential rates, first book your place in the competition and then use the unique booking reference code provided to book directly with your chosen hotel.
Everyone who stays at this family run B&B is guaranteed a warm welcome. Renowned locally for its fine dining, malt whiskys and real ales, Ducks Inn is conveniently situated for all of the competition’s courses and is a favourite for golfing parties visiting the East Lothian area.
Rates for B&B at Ducks Inn start at £55 per person per night, to find out more and to book email email@example.com or call 01875 870 682 quoting ‘LGC DISCOUNT 2018’.
Fully refurbished and under new ownership, Garleton Lodge specialises in catering for the needs of golfers. Centrally located and commanding spectacular views, all rooms are en-suite with full facilities. Garleton Lodge has a Residents Lounge with fully stocked bar, restaurant, BBQ hut, hot tub and golf facilities including practice bunker and putting green.
Rates for B&B at Garleton Lodge start at £55 per person per night, to find out more and to book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01620 826 256 quoting ‘LGC DISCOUNT 2018’.
The Golf Lodge B&B offers luxury accommodation in a Victorian townhouse in picturesque North Berwick – a few minutes walk from the beach and the town centre. All visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome from hosts Tom and Emma.
Rates for B&B at The Golf Lodge start at £55 per person per night, to find out more email email@example.com quoting ‘Links Golf Cup’
> All competitors will play each of the four courses during the competition.
> The event is a 72 hole Stableford competition, and the player with the highest total score after four rounds will be declared the winner.
> Each round will be qualifying for handicap purposes.
> As well as prizes for overall individual scores, there will also be daily prizes, a team competition, and our unique ‘Par 3 Challenge’ played over 8 selected par 3s during the week.
> Prizes will be presented at the Presentation Dinner – any prize winners not in attendance must contact the organisers to claim their prize, and will be liable for any costs incurred in sending their prize to them.
> The event organisers reserve the right to amend the format of the competition should the number of entrants or weather conditions dictate.
> All entrants must be amateurs and members of recognised golf clubs, and hold an active or competitive handicap.
> Overseas entrants must provide proof of their exact handicap, which will be adjusted according to the Slope Rating of their home course.
> CDH numbers or handicap certificates must be provided before the start of the event.
> Entrants must be over the age of 18 on the date of the first round.
> Maximum handicap allowance is 24 for men and 36 for ladies – full handicap allowance is given.
> For the Team Competition – each entrant must enter individually but may nominate a team at the time of their entry. Each team will comprise 4 golfers, of which the best 3 scores each day will count.
> A draw will be produced for each days play over the first three rounds, while the last day will see the Top 30 play in reverse leaderboard order at the back of the field.
> Should any entrant wish to withdraw from the event, a full refund (less any charges incurred) will be guaranteed up until 2 months before the start date of the event. Withdrawals after this date will receive 50% of their entry fee, unless a replacement can be found.