Dumbarnie relishing its chance to showcase itself across the globe

The general manager of Dumbarnie Links says August can’t come soon enough as the course prepares to host the biggest event in its fledgling existence.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:06 am
Dumbarnie Links has barely been open a year but has developed an excellent reputation. Pic by Mark Alexander

It was announced last week that the Women’s Scottish Open would be hosted by the north east Fife venue between August 9-15.

Dumbarnie Links only opened for play on May 29 last year but has since received the highest of accolades and praise throughout the golf world.

One man who has been at the centre of it all is GM Dave Scott, who said everyone associated with the course is now gearing up to welcome the players in the summer.

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He said: “August 12 and day one of the championship can’t come soon enough.

“The team and I are so looking forward to welcoming the best women players in the world and showcasing Dumbarnie Links across the globe.”

First staged in 1986, the Women’s Scottish Open is played with a full 156-strong player field and has a $1.5 million (U.S.) purse.

Previous winners include Stacy Lewis in 2020, Mi Jung Hur, Ariya Jutanugarn, Mi Hyang Lee, Isabelle Boineau, Rebecca Artis, Trish Johnson as well as Scotland’s Carly Booth and Catriona Matthew who is a double winner.

The Clive Clark design, located eleven miles from St Andrews, measures 6,905-yards and plays to a par of 72.

The course is built on land that is part of the historic 5000-acre Balcarres Estate.

Its 345 acres of genuine sandy links land offers unobstructed views over Largo Bay and the Firth of Forth with views across to Muirfield, North Berwick and Edinburgh.

The routing is a departure from the usual.

Instead of the traditional out-and-back layout, Clark incorporated a mix of two big loops with elevated tees facing into the Firth of Forth.

It’s a course which has captured the imagination since its opening, with the Women’s Scottish Open only expected to be the first of many large scale professional events likely to be held over the coming years.

“We are honoured to have been selected to host the 2021 Women’s Scottish Open and look forward to welcoming the players to our genuine links course,” said Dumbarnie Links founder and architect Clive Clark.