In honour of golf’s oldest Major Championship returning to the region, The Open Championship and Claret Jug trophy will come to the centre of Edinburg at a special event.

The Open in the Square event will take place in St Andrew Square beginning Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 July, the week before the Championship is held at Muirfield in East Lothian.

Michael Tate, Executive Director of Business Affairs at The R&A, said, “The Open will attract tens of thousands of people to Edinburgh and East Lothian for the week of the Championship but we wanted to bring a little bit of The Open into the City of Edinburgh and celebrate its status as Britain’s biggest festival of golf.”

The public will have the opportunity to try golf, to receive some tips from PGA golf professionals, to play some of the great Open courses on EA Sports games consoles and to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug.

“The Open in the Square will showcase golf and let the people of Edinburgh interact directly with the world’s oldest Major Championship.

It will be a great way for people to give golf a try and even to get their hands on the Claret Jug, an opportunity normally reserved for the legends of the game,” added Tate.

This will be the 16th time the Championship has been played at the East Lothian links, it will take place at Muirfield from 14-21 July.