Hat-trick of top golf tournaments for East Lothian

Archerfield. Picture by Neil Hanna
Archerfield. Picture by Neil Hanna
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East Lothian is set to be gripped by golf fever this summer as it stages three of Scotland’s top events.

It was already known that Gullane is to host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time on July 9-12. Now Archerfield Links has been announced as the venue for the Scottish Seniors Open from August 27-29.

In between those events, the Scottish Amateur Championship will also be held on ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ when the SGU’s flagship event visits Muirfield.

“It’s a fantastic year for East Lothian,” said councillor John McMillan, cabinet spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism. Hosting tournaments of this calibre keeps us firmly on the map as one of the best places in the world to enjoy playing and watching golf. It’s a great boost to our local economy, too.”

Archerfield Links only opened in 2004 but has already hosted the Ladies Scottish Open as well as charity events hosted by the likes of Ian Woosnam and Darren Clarke.

Now it is excited to be staging a new event, which will be a pro-am format over the first two days before the field of 60 professionals play on their own in the final round.

“We are delighted to be working with the European Senior Tour, East Lothian Council and VisitScotland on staging the Scottish Seniors Open at Archerfield Links,” said CEO Tom Younger.

“It truly is an honour for us to host this event, especially when you look at some of the previous winners, and it will be really wonderful to see some of these great champions back in action on Scotland’s Golf Coast at Archerfield this August.”

One of the longest-running events on the Senior Tour, the Scottish Seniors Open was held at Dalmahoy for six years in two separate stints.

The champions during that time included former North Berwick pro David Huish and winning Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance.