Dundonald Links to host Scottish Open in 2017


Dundonald Links Golf Course (Getty Images)

The European Tour announced Monday that Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire, Scotland, will play host to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time in 2017.

The 7,100-yard, par-72 layout hosted the Ladies' Scottish Open last year, a field that included world No. 1 Lydia Ko. Since that event, the course has undergone renovations, including the construction of a new clubhouse, which are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

"We are delighted to announce that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be staged at Dundonald Links in 2017," European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said in a statement. "Following this year's tournament at Castle Stuart in the north, this will ensure that Scotland's national Open is showcased as widely as possible across the country."

The announcement means that next year the tournament will see its fourth different venue in as many years. After 15 straight editions at Loch Lomond from 1996-2010, the venue shifted for three years to Castle Stuart, whose list of winners included Phil Mickelson in 2013. Justin Rose won at Royal Aberdeen in 2014 and Rickie Fowler took home the trophy last year at Gullane, while this summer the tournament will return to Castle Stuart.

The event is typically held the week prior to the Open Championship and draws a strong international field as players prepare for the season's third major.