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John Muir Coast Festival launches with Night Golf Event

Story published at 12:06, Monday, March 14th, 2016


Night Golf at Dunbar Golf Club

Night Golf at Dunbar Golf Club

Following the hugely successful uptake of Scotland’s Golf Coast’s first ever Night Golf event, which sold out in 4 days, organisers have created additional tee times to fulfil demand. This is one of Scotland’s first night golf events and has sparked interest from across the country. Dunbar Golf Club’s course will be lit with LED lights and is played using LED balls. This provides a fun and novel new way to experience one of Scotland’s traditional sports.

Golfers, outdoor enthusiasts, local residents and families alike can all step into a world of adventure as part of the first ever John Muir Coast Festival, taking place in East Lothian from 22nd to 24th April 2016.

John Muir, the famous conservationist and founder of America’s national parks, was born in Dunbar where his love of the great outdoors began. The festival is inspired by Muir’s advocacy of the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle.

From East Lothian’s first ever night golf event to an ultra marathon and wakeboarding competition – the festival has something to suit everyone.

Councillor John McMillan, spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “I’m very excited about this inaugural festival as it contains a number of firsts for East Lothian and is a great example of the council working with local businesses to showcase our wonderful coast and all the activities it can provide. I’m sure it will be extremely popular with local families but, equally, I’m certain it will attract outdoor enthusiasts from outwith East Lothian too. It’s just another reason we are Scotland’s leading coastal, leisure and food & drink destination.”

The festival events are:

  • John Muir Night Golf, Dunbar Golf Club, 22nd April

This is one of Scotland’s first night golf events. The course will be lit with LED lights and is played using LED balls. This provides a fun and novel new way to experience one of Scotland’s traditional sports. www.thenightgolfcompany.com

  • John Muir Ultra Marathon, Foxlake Adventures, 23rd April

Competitors will undertake a 30-mile running challenge along a route based on the John Muir Way from Port Seton making its way to Foxlake Adventures. This is one of the only events of its kind in the South of Scotland, and ultra marathons are fast becoming popular in the UK.

  • FoxFest, Foxlake Adventures, 23rd April

A fun-packed day for all the family featuring a world-class wakeboarding competition, local food and drink, local craft stalls, a family cinema, a music festival of local talent and tribute bands and the chance to come along and try wakeboarding, the FoxFall Course, Segways and Zorbing.

  • The Nike Performance Centre Open Day, Archerfield Links, 23rd April

An open day at the world’s only Nike Performance Fitting Centre, with the opportunity to learn golf or brush up on your skills.

  • John Muir Surf Competition, John Muir Country Park, 23rd and 24th April

Organised by Coast 2 Coast Surfing, this competition features some of Scotland’s finest surfing talents. The competition includes Scotland’s only Longboard competition and only Stand up Paddle Boarding competition. The event will also feature introductory sessions for families to learn how to surf, stand up paddle board and coasteering.

In the spirit of John Muir, sustainability is at the heart of the festival and the council is developing a sustainable transport plan incorporating bike hire and shuttle buses.

John Muir Coast Festival www.johnmuirfestival.co.uk

The Night Golf Company http://thenightgolfcompany.co.uk/

Dunbar Golf Club www.dunbargolfclub.com

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