Head north to see the best

The Scottish Open returns to Gullane July 12-15

For those in the North East, this year’s Scottish Open will be the closest European Tour event to home and those travelling north to Gullane for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open are in for a treat with five-time major winner Phil Mickelson joining Masters champion Patrick Reed; Rickie Fowler (pictured above), who won the last time the event was played at Gullane in 2015; plus world number three Justin Rose; world number 10 Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Rafa Cabrerra Bello (pictured below).

A composite course of No.1 and No.2 at Gullane will host the event with players tackling the deep pot bunkers and one of the finest sets of greens on the Firth of Forth coastline before they head to Carnoustie for the 145th Open Championship.

Golf at Gullane dates back to 1884 and the ancient links remains a stunning example of Scotland’s natural golfing landscape. Players and spectators have stunning views across to Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and Fife while battling the 124 bunkers which defend the course along with the wind blowing across the firth.

The Hero Challenge, the par three contest held before selected tournaments such as last year’s British Masters, is back too – at Edinburgh Castle. The 12th Century castle will host the challenge with Rafa Cabrera Bello, Andrew Johnston and Shubhankar Sharma lined up.

Meanwhile, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and Leuchie House will join the European Tour Foundation as Official Charity Partners of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

The two charities will benefit from a host of charitable activities during the tournament week at Gullane Golf Club, including the return of the popular Tartan Wednesday, when fans are encouraged to join players and celebrities in getting kitted out in tartan on pro am day.