Located in North Ayrshire, Scotland, Dundonald Links has been selected to host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open from Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16, 2017. Read more “Dundonald Links to Host 2017 Scottish Open”
There’s a case, often made, that Royal Dornoch alone is worth a journey to the Highlands. It is of course but treasure hunting links golfers will be pleased now to find new loot at Castle Stuart. Opened for play in July 2009 with instant honors from Golf Magazine as the “Best New International Course” of the year, Castle Stuart is the work of Americans Mark Parsinen (Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse.
The 2013 and 2014 Scottish Opens will be televised on NBC, making them the first regular European Tour events televised on a major United States TV broadcast network. A two year agreement has been made between the Scottish Open’s title sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management and NBC in which NBC will broadcast two and a half hours of live coverage on the final two day’s play from Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2013 and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, the venue for the 2014 Scottish Open. This coverage will of course complement that from the Golf Channel, as this year’s Scottish Open starts this Thursday, July 11.
This is a major breakthrough for Aberdeen Asset Management as they, and the Scottish Government – the tournament’s other key supporter – will have the opportunity to promote themselves around the broadcasting. Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, Martin Gilbert said, “The US is one of our most important markets and therefore we are very supportive of this new agreement with NBC and the Golf Channel.”
Chief Executive of The European Tour, George O’Grady went on, ““Following the vision and leadership of the Golf Channel, we are delighted to enter into this historic new agreement with NBC for live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the next two years. It speaks volumes for the quality of the European Tour product, and specifically the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, that one of our most prestigious championships will be shown to a new audience on one of the prime TV networks in the United States in conjunction with our already outstanding coverage on the Golf Channel.”
U.S. Television Coverage for the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open:
Thursday, July 11: Golf Channel – First Round Coverage
Friday, July 12: Golf Channel – Second Round Coverage
Saturday, July 13: Golf Channel – Lead-in Third Round Coverage Golf Channel on NBC – Third Round Coverage
Sunday, July 14: Golf Channel – Lead-in Final Round Coverage
Golf Channel on NBC – Final Round Coverage
The 2013 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart shall enjoy one enviable footnote; it is the first regular European Tour event to be broadcasted on network television in the USA (on NBC). Doubtless this shall introduce many more golf fans to the wonderfully designed Castle Stuart which was opened in 2009. Castle Stuart is the creation of Mark Parsinen (who created Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse (of Olympic Golf Course notoriety).
It has added yet another dimension to a region of Scotland that was historically famous for Royal Dornoch, the course where Donald Ross served his apprenticeship as a greens keeper. Ross subsequently emigrated to the USA and built an untold number of courses using the same style he had seen at Dornoch with pushed up greens. Beyond these two fine links courses you will enjoy Nairn (venue for the 1999 Walker Cup Matches) and a myriad of classic, small town links golf that includes Tain, Brora, Nairn Dunbar & Lossiemouth. This is a region of Scotland that is rich and understated, yet thoroughly enjoyable links golf in it’s purest form.
This Google Earth Video Tour below gives some sense of the logistics of the area, with a range of accommodations options including the recently completed Quarryfield House which serves as an ideal base for groups in which to remain in one location and enjoy an exclusive-use facility.
In the last year or two, Trump International, about a 2 hour 15 min drive to the east, has enjoyed much deserved attention. It is a fine, modern style links course and with another course having been announced, it will add yet another arrow in a full quiver of exceptional golf experiences. Aberdeen serves as the host city to the oil & gas industry which works in the deep and challenging waters of the North Sea. It has also been home for many years to three great links courses: Royal Aberdeen (venue for the 2014 Scottish Open), Cruden Bay & Marcar. Each of these courses is a treat to play and another reason to extend your stay in the Highlands of Scotland.
Quality accommodations and restaurants abound in both Inverness & Aberdeen, which despite their northerly location in the British Isles, have become quite chic and sophisticated for visitors to enjoy.
While all of the “name” golf courses in Scotland that are associated with hosting the Open Championship are in the Lowlands, there are plenty of reasons to find the time to enjoy the Highlands. One visit and glimpse of the scenery and you will clearly understand why each region has it’s respective moniker.
The club that would become Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, was founded in 1780. It was a city club until 1888 when it relocated 2 miles up the coast to Balgownie. After 126 years, the world’s 6th oldest golf club will host the European Tour’s Scottish Open in 2014. The pros will find what links lovers have known for years that there is no finer outward nine in the game as there is at Royal Aberdeen. Read more “Video #12: Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Aberdeen, Scotland”