Scottish Open

The Scottish Open has been a fixture on the European Tour schedule since 1972, when the 72-hole stroke play professional tournament first took place. Two editions of a “Scottish Open” took place back in the 1930s (on the King’s course at Gleneagles and Belleisle in Ayrshire) but the R&A didn’t recognize these as official championships and the intended third edition at Carnoustie in 1938 was cancelled.

Scottish Open Championship Trophy

Nowadays, it’s played just before The Open so it gives a small number of players who have not already qualified the chance to participate in that event with a good performance in the Scottish Open. And with the tournament venue switching in recent times to links courses, it gives everybody playing in The Open some experience of playing seaside golf just before the main event takes place.

The competition was first held at Downfield in Dundee, with Neil Coles overcoming Brian Hugget at the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. The next year, the contest moved to the Old course at St Andrews but the following year’s tournament was cancelled when television coverage could not be agreed, leading to twelve years of non-activity from 1974 to 1985.

In 1986, a new sponsor (Bell’s the whisky firm) revived the championship and took it to Haggs Castle in Glasgow where it was in residence for only one edition before heading to the King's course at Gleneagles for the next eight years. Prize money tripled over this period of time, from a purse of £200,000 to £600,000, with the winner picking up 1/6th of the total on offer.

After a couple of years at Carnoustie, in 1995 and 1996, the Scottish Open found its next long-term home at Loch Lomond. Due to contractual ...

Scottish Open host courses

Castle Stuart

2nd North Scotland - Best in Area 9th Scotland Ranking 18th Britain & Ireland Ranking 53rd World Ranking

Castle Stuart now offers some serious competition to both Royal Dornoch and Nairn when it comes to attracting visiting golfers, but that's a good thing for the Highlands where the golfing bar of excellence is very high.

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Downfield

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking

On the outskirts of Dundee, lies Downfield Golf Club, a lovely James Braid-designed parkland course little known outside Scotland.

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Dundonald

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 90th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club bought the course in 2003 and commissioned Kyle Phillips to finish the design.

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Gullane (No.1)

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Gullane Golf Club is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the No.1 course fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter.

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Gullane (No.2)

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking

Many prefer the No.2 at Gullane Golf Club to No.1 - it's a course of great variety and challenge...it was used for Open Championship Qualifying in 1980.

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Haggs Castle

5th Glasgow - Best in Area

Such is the quality of Haggs Castle Golf Club, it has hosted a number of European Tour and Scottish PGA events over the years.

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Scottish Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Martin Jordan Courses Played 12
= Simon Cordier Courses Played 12
= Stuart Bendoris Courses Played 12
= Jim McCann Courses Played 12
= Brian Inglis Courses Played 12
= Mark Hillson Courses Played 12
7 Gordon Thomson Courses Played 11
= Brian Ward Courses Played 11
= Robert Mcallan Courses Played 11
= Tim Elliott Courses Played 11