The 2014 Ryder Cup will return to Scotland for play at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course. European Team Captain Paul McGinley was excited to have some “design input” for the new Ryder Cup Tartan, which this year will be available in ties, scarves, trousers, and kilts. Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond and Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills revealed the Ryder Cup Tartan at Lochcarron in Selkirk, 40 miles south of East Lothian.
Tartan is a pattern with crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands of multiple colors. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland, as Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. In North America, tartan typically called plaid, but in Scotland, plaid is actually a tartan cloth that’s slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory.
Salmond said, “”It is deeply embedded in Scottish culture and is an internationally recognised symbol of Scotland therefore this beautiful tartan is the perfect way for the Ryder Cup to celebrate its return to the home of golf.” The colors of the tartan’s design, four shades of blue, white, and blue & gold, represent Scotland’s landscape, elements of the Saltire, and the European flag. He added, “We have paid careful attention to ensure the design reflects the unique quality and drama of the most treasured trophy in golf, while still paying close tribute to the Scottish heritage behind the game.”
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