East Lothian has become the home of a fast-growing interest in ‘hickory golf’. Played with half a dozen hickory-shafted clubs, where perfect striking is at a premium, the World Hickory Open is attracting a substantial following.
With the current holder being former US Master Champion Sandy Lyle, there will be no shortage of amateur entrants for the Linked Golfers World Hickory Open being the hickory major event of 2017. Indeed this year, some 20 nations will be teeing off on October 2nd. Organisers must warn that only a handful of places are still available in the Festival of Hickory Golf supported by East Lothian, which ends on October 7th.
Created appropriately over Musselburgh Old Course in 2005, the World Hickory Open moved to Craigielaw in 2006. And having transferred from there to Gullane two years later, the event was then attracted to Carnoustie.
Nevertheless, Scotland's Golf Coast has now solidly established its reputation as the natural long-term home of this event. This year’s six-day Festival, which includes the World Hickory Open played over the bespoke hickory layout of Kilspindie, just outside Aberlady, also supports an event over the immaculate Gullane links at Luffness. In addition, Craigielaw has been chosen this year, with the Festival climaxing in a three-cornered Ryder Cup format two-day tournament at Musselburgh Old, where the golf is said to have started.
It has already been announced that The Festival will be played again in East Lothian in 2018 with the exciting addition of perhaps both Gullane and Muirfield, provisionally confirmed for inclusion.
To find out more contact Kilspindie Golf Club