The 27-year-old was part of the first group with Peter Senior and Oliver Fisher, and his opening two tee shots found their way into the hospitality area towards the right of the fairway.
The Scot eventually got his ball in play but then finished with a quadruple-bogey eight. Saltman did make birdies at the third and fourth holes but then dropped four shots in a row and picked up another two bogeys to finish the day eight-over-par on 79.
He admitted after his round he knew the opening day would be tough but insists he is happy to have broken 80.
"I knew it was going to be a battle from the start," said Saltman. "You can't miss it big here, you have to get it in play and I didn't do that today.
"After that it was keep going down or try to fight back. I am not pleased with the score but I am always pleased with the way I try and play; I'm never going to give up and I am happy to break 80."