Kingsbarns Golf Links will host its first Major Championship as it was announced today as the venue for the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2017.
The course has co-hosted the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001, the 2010 Open Final Qualifying and the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open Final Qualifying.
Kingsbarns has proved popular with players and media alike since it opened 14 years ago.
Kingsbarns joins a stellar list of courses on the Championship rota and is universally thought to be one of the World’s best modern courses, ranked Number One in GolfWeek’s Top 100 modern courses within the UK and ranked 18th on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Best Courses Outside the United States.
“We are honoured to host the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2017,” said Alan Hogg, chief executive at Kingsbarns. “We have welcomed tour events to Kingsbarns for many years but this will be on a different scale. The prestige of the Women’s Open is growing every year. More importantly, seeing the very best lady golfers competing over the Kingsbarns links should be very exciting. We are extremely proud to have been selected to host such a quality event.”
Paul Bush from Event Scotland added: “Bringing Major Championships to Scotland, the Home of Golf, outlines our ambition to host the biggest events in world golf and the addition of the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2017 at Kingsbarns further strengthens our envied portfolio of golf tournaments in 2014 and beyond. This is also a great compliment to Kingsbarns Golf Links and shows just how established the venue has become on the global golf map.”