It was announced today that the Scottish Open is scheduled to be aired live on NBC this summer. This is great news for the event and also for Castle Stuart Golf Links.
Castle Stuart in the Highlands will host the event for the 3rd consecutive year in July with a prime slot the week before the Open Championship at Muirfield. Castle Stuart is still a young course – having opened its doors in 2009 – but it is already ranked 56th in the world. It’s a ‘must play’ for anyone visiting the Highlands!
The Scottish Open will be held at Castle Stuart for at least the next two years after a major sponsor was found for the event. Global investment management group, Aberdeen Asset Management, have agreed to sponsor the event for three years, with the first two definitely being held at the Highlands links course, with an option to continue for a third year.
The announcement was made at Edinburgh Castle at the weekend and is a major coup for the tournament as it was without a main sponsor until now after Barclays ended their 2013 association with the tournament, leaving serious doubt hanging over this year’s event.
George O’Grady (European Tour Chief Executive) said “We are delighted to welcome Aberdeen Asset Management, an eminent global company based in Scotland, as title sponsor of the Scottish Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments on The European Tour International Schedule which, this year, will once again be played on the spectacular links layout at Castle Stuart.”
By Keith Baird. Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 13 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.
This is fantastic news for Castle Stuart Golf Links and, more importantly, Scottish Golf. The Scottish Open is one of the biggest events on the European Tour and it currently occupies one of the most sought after slots on the European Tour calendar. There was widespread speculation that if a sponsor wasn’t found, the French Open would replace the Scottish the week prior to the Open Championship. However, it looks like the European Tour will hold out for a sponsor on the back of the success of this year’s event. Having attended the event myself, I fully agree with the decision.
By Gary Sheppard. Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 5 years and is one of your Golf Travel Specialists.
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 last few weeks have been a rollercoaster for Frenchman, Thomas Levet. Firstly, he was successful in the pressure-packed final qualifying event for the Open Championship at Sunningdale. He carried on his good run of form by winning his National Open, the Alstom Open de France. But now he has been forced out of the Scottish Open and – more than likely – the Open Championship. In recent years it has become the norm for French players to be drenched in champagne after a victory. On Sunday, this tradition continued and Levet’s fellow French pro’s covered him in champagne. After his champagne shower, Levet decided to jump into the greenside lake at the 18th hole where he subsequently fractured his shin. For more details, please click here.
By Gary Sheppard. Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 5 years is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.