2021 is an exciting year for Longniddry Golf Club, marking a whopping 100 years of golf. To make the year special, the club have put together a schedule of events which – despite the uncertainties created by the pandemic – have been, and continue to be, a huge success.
The first of which was the Loch Lomond Whiskies Centenary Medal, which was supported by over 150 members – possibly due to the whisky tasting on the first tee!
In early July, we ran a celebratory Stableford, open to all our members with prizes presented to Ladies, Men & Juniors with the overall winner receiving the Centenary Cup. August’s event featured an interclub competition held between Longniddry Thornton and Gatehouse golf clubs who are also in their Centenary years.
Most recently though, we hosted a very enjoyable Shotgun event against another 100-year-old club, Northcliffe. The Shipley-based club brought over 30 players to compete, enjoy the hospitality in the clubhouse and then play again the next morning before heading back home. Longniddry was designed by Harry S Colt and is the first links course at the start of East Lothian’s Golf Coast.
It’s a great test for any golfer with 8 par 4s for the men measuring over 400 yards and 5 par 5s for the ladies. The course runs along the coastline and has a links feel, with some tree-lined holes making your game that little bit more interesting and varied. Large, raised greens, clean approaches and some guarded par 3s feature along the way, as would be expected of a links layout. Formerly an Open qualifying course, Longniddry is regularly asked to host amateur competitions including the Scottish Open qualifiers, Lothian Golf Association Championships and Golf in Scotland events; bookings for 2022 are already proving popular.
The course has improved notably over the last year and this success is down to our new greens team, which has made incredible progress through innovative practice and excellent use of resources; making the best of the budget available. Feedback from members and visitors has been fantastic, with players in the recent Golf in Scotland Tour commenting on how amazing the course and the greens were.
Alongside the Centenary celebrations, for 2021 we were chosen to host The Scottish Girls Open Championships, two Golf in Scotland events, The Babe Zaharias and The Pro Dream USA Junior Open. Alongside the golfing events, we have been able to mark the year with a particularly special offering. Deirdre Kinloch Anderson of renowned kilt makers, Kinloch Anderson Tartans, approached the club with the wonderful idea of creating its own tartan to celebrate the Centenary and we now have an exclusive tartan of which we are very proud.
We also created a Centenary logo, and our Professional Shop has ensured members are kitted out with branded Glenmuir clothing carrying the Centenary crest. The Club is closing the year with celebratory social events including a Centenary Lunch in October and a Hogmanay Party, which will be a celebration of the opening of the course, the creation of the club and the anticipation of the next 100 years!