• Becomes tenth different course to host event
• "We'll be more than ready" vows general manager
DUNDONALD LINKS | SCOTTISH OPEN
Just as we revealed in January, the Scottish Open is to take place at Dundonald Links for the first time in 2017.
The Ayrshire course, owned by former Scottish Open host venue Loch Lomond Golf Club, will become the tenth different course to stage Scotland’s national open since it became a fixture on the European Tour in 1972.
It will take over from Castle Stuart Golf Links, near Inverness, which will host the event for a fourth time this summer. This confirms news that we broke on this website three months ago.
We told you first! "Scottish Open 'likely' to go to Dundonald" - January 13, 2016
It also provides the Scottish Open with a home in the west of Scotland - following previous events at Royal Aberdeen (2013) in the north-east and Gullane (2015) in the east - and puts paid to widespread rumours that the event would be staged at Trump International Golf Links Scotland in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
American Rickie Fowler, below, is the defending champion after his victory at Gullane last year.
“We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Open will be staged at Dundonald Links in 2017,” said Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour. “Following this year’s tournament at Castle Stuart in the north, this will ensure that Scotland’s national Open is showcased as widely as possible across the country.
“I know all our members will look forward to the challenge the course will present to them next July.”
Dundonald Links was widely tipped to get the nod to stage the event after successfully hosting the Ladies’ Scottish Open last year. Since then, it has been pushing on with plans for a new permanent clubhouse on-site, which it expects to open before the end of the year, whilst alterations to the golf course to prepare it for the arrival of some of the world’s best players next year and also in the pipeline.
"We'll be more than ready by the time the Scottish Open comes around" - Bill Donald, general manager, Dundonald Links
Bill Donald, general manager of Loch Lomond Golf Club and Dundonald Links, said: “The course changes will enhance what was already a fantastic spectator experience, with natural amphitheatres surrounding many of the holes.”
“We’ll be more than ready by the time the Scottish Open comes around.”
Councillor Willie Gibson, the Leader of North Ayrshire Council, added that he was ‘delighted’ to be able to welcome the Scottish Open to the region in 2017.
“This part of Scotland is fortunate to have so many championship golf courses capable of staging top-class events,” he said. “The Council, through our ‘Team North Ayrshire’ approach, has worked with our partners to bring this prestigious event here, and we look forward to delivering a first-class tournament for everyone to enjoy.”
The view from bunkered.co.uk
"Continuing the trend of taking the Scottish Open around the country, this is the first time the tournament in its current guise has headed to Ayrshire. Whilst not retaining the visual beauty of venues such as Castle Stuart and Royal Aberdeen, Dundonald Links is no slouch as a golf course. It's a superb test of golf that has hosted no end of notable tournaments in its short history. This is the first European Tour stop-off at the venue and I think players will love it."
Bryce Ritchie, Editor
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