A corner of Scotland’s glorious Golf Coast will become a key entertainment hub of East Lothian this week when adults and children of all ages can enjoy a variety of attractions at the 25th Scottish Senior Open.
As well as the Silver Anniversary edition of the long-running golf tournament on the European Senior Tour schedule at the spectacular Renaissance Club, situated just off the A198 between Gullane and North Berwick, the event will play host to a number of enjoyable non-golfing activities.
Thanks to the support from EventScotland, East Lothian Council and host club, Renaissance Club, the Senior Tour’s next scheduled stop from August 4-6 promises to be bigger and more wide-ranging than ever. Admission is free of charge, with car parking charged at £5 per car with one occupant and £10 per car with two or more occupants. All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer UK.
There will be fun for all the family at the East Lothian Council-sponsored interactive golf zone in the public village, which includes the Council’s welcome tent, interactive area, children’s putting zone, and Segway zone.
Additionally, Rogue Village will offer authentic street food flavours of East Lothian, featuring locally sourced food and drinks. In attendance in the tented village will be Haggisman, Something Brewed, Herringbone and The Big Blu – plenty to satisfy all appetites and tastes.
EventScotland have been long-term supporters of the tournament, and recent golf tourism statistics – from a study commissioned by VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise – have revealed that the value of golf tourism and events has increased by 30 per cent (£66 million) since 2008, supporting 4700 jobs and spreading benefits across the country’s golfing regions.
The Home of Golf has a strong Scottish entry this week, led by Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance and well-known Scots, Andrew Oldcorn, Gary Orr, Ross Drummond and Stephen McAllister.
Renaissance Club, with its acclaimed Tom Doak-designed course and worldwide membership, is looking forward to hosting an event that will be broadcast around the globe. The championship course provides superb views of the action and incorporates a Scottish ‘Amen Corner’ at the ninth, 10th and 11th with stunning views over the Firth of Forth.
In all, 13 Ryder Cup players have entered the £250,000 event, where the first 36 holes will be contested in the Alliance Pro-Am format (amateur players paired with a professional). The final round on Sunday, August 6 will be for pros only, with the winner taking home a cheque for £37,500.