Castle Stuart Golf Links, the new home of the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open, is now officially rated as the 56th best Golf Course in the World. The official rankings by the US based GOLF MAGAZINE were released this week on the ‘front9’ app with Castle Stuart being the highest-ranking debut on the World list. Following on from its success as host venue to the recently played Barclays Scottish Open, Castle Stuart’s reputation continues to spread worldwide. Perfect location and the courses in the highlands are a must play on a trip to North of Scotland; Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Nairn are some of many worth the trip to the area.
By Denise McKee. Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.
The 2012 Curtis Cup will be held at Nairn Golf Club on the 125th anniversary of the founding of the club. The course, which has hosted a number of important tournaments over the years, including the 1999 Walker Cup and the Scottish Amateur Championships, will be the most northerly venue yet.
The announcement will provide another boost to the Highlands, which over the past two years has increased in popularity with overseas visitors after the opening of the fantastic Castle Stuart Golf Links which is being tipped to be the next host of the European Tour’s Scottish Open once Loch Lomond ceases to become host venue. When you add these two fantastic courses to Royal Dornoch, which is in the top 20 world rankings, it gives the area a huge appeal to all golfers.
By Keith Baird. Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.
After much consideration, the European Tour announced today that the Barclays Scottish Open will relocate from Loch Lomond Golf Club to Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness. It is believed that the tournament will remain in the Highlands for 3 years and I’m sure the locals will welcome this news with open arms. Loch Lomond has hosted the event for the last 15 years and every year was a resounding success with large crowds ever present. I’m certain this tradition will remain now that Castle Stuart is taking over.
After its official opening in 2009, Castle Stuart has been on the receiving end of very high praise – and for what it’s worth, I was one of those who praised it. Being awarded with the Scottish Open is acclaim of the highest order. This is one of the European Tour’s biggest events and it attracts a top quality field on a yearly basis. I’d like to think that it’ll attract an even higher class field now that it will be played on a links course. This was always a major consideration for some players as the Scottish Open is played the week before The Open Championship. Loch Lomond is an outstanding course, but the parkland layout and soft fairways haven’t suited some players’ practice regimes the week before The Open.
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By Gary Sheppard. Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 4 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.