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All the best tournaments in Scotland
Golf Scotland Tournaments
While many of the top golf tournaments occur in the US, Scotland is still considered the home of Golf. Many tournaments that make up part of the PGA and European PGA tour take place in Scotland. The British Open and the Ryder Cup are also played in Scotland. Unlike some sports events with fixed abodes, golf tournaments are often played at different venues making for a unique experience each year. The Ryder Cup is played with a team of European golfers going head to head with US golfers.
The Ryder Cup last came to Scotland in 2014, which as the third largest sporting event in the world, attracted record crowds at the Gleneagles resort.
The British Open
The British Open is played at courses all over the UK. St Andrews hosts the Open Championship every fifth year ending from 2010, 2015, and 2020. The Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course and the Muirfield Golf Course also play host to the tournament.
Other courses that have hosted the Open since it began in 1892 include the Royal Troon Golf Club which is located on the Western coast of Scotland around 30 miles below Glasgow. The Alisa course on the Turnberry resort also plays host to the British Open.
The Scottish Open
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is a pro tournament played annually in Scotland. The championship makes up part of the PGA European tour; as such you’ll see the best European golfers playing here. It has been played at Loch Lomond from 1996-2010. Other courses include Dundonald, Gullane, Castle Stuart, and the Royal Aberdeen.
While at Castle Stuart in recent years, the tournament had disappointing viewers. It is now being played at the Rennaisance club. The club is located in North Berwick. That’s around 20 miles east of Edinburgh. It’s 1999 since a Scot won this event with Colin Montgomerie taking home the trophy.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a pro-am tournament that is played each year. The 20th anniversary was rescheduled and will take place from Sept 31 to Oct 3, 2021. The tournament is played over three days and three courses. The players must triumph with a lowest combined score over the Kingsbams, Carnoustie, and the final round at St Andrew’s.
The last English player to succeed was Tyrrell Hatton in both 2016 and 2017. Before that, the last Scot to win was Colin Montgomerie in 2005. If you want to get to St Andrew’s from Selkirk golf club the easiest route is to head north on the A7, cross the Firth of Forth to Dunfermline. Continue on the A92 and A915 to St Andrews on the east coast.