Luffness Bloody Marys before tee time go-ahead

Friday April 28th 2023


The Luffness Golf Clubhouse on the outskirts of Gullane.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

An East Lothian golf club has been given the go ahead to serve up early morning drinks to members and guests before they head out onto the course.

Luffness New Golf Club applied to East Lothian Licensing Board for a licence to serve alcohol in its clubhouse from 9am seven days a week.

The club was granted several occasional licences to cover early starts when it held tournaments last year.

And at a meeting of the board today members agreed to make the change permanent after hearing there had been no incidents during previous events with Police Scotland raising no objections.

Licensed Standards Officer Karen Harling said the club wanted to be able to serve alcohol earlier “for the provision of a welcome drink at events such as a Buck’s Fizz or Bloody Mary”.

She told the board: “The club takes great responsibility in ensuring these events are well run.

“The proposed changes are support by the Licensing Standard given the nature of the proposed use of the additional on sale hours and the standards set by the club through its constitution and operations”.

Luffness New Golf Club, on the East Lothian coast near Aberlady was founded in 1894, after a dispute over land saw it move from its old course site. It was designed by Scottish golfer Old Tom Morris.

According to the club’s website currently after 9.45am gentlemen are required to wear jacket and tie in the Smoke Room, North Lounge and Dining room. Ladies should be dressed in a complementary manner.

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