East Lothian Council's Cabinet has agreed to a request to temporarily suspend public access to Gullane Golf Club during two major tournaments in July.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open returns to Gullane Links in July, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open playing on the same course a couple of weeks later.

The Championship organisers European Tour and International Management Group applied to the council for two Orders under Section 111 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 to exempt areas of Gullane Golf Course from the access rights which would otherwise apply there.

The Orders will allow the tournaments to be played with the land being exempted temporarily from public access rights in the interest of the safety and security of players and the safety of the public – and to allow access to ticket holders only.

The Orders comes into effect at 00.01 hours on Wednesday 11 July to 23.59 hours on Sunday 15 July for the ASI Scottish Open and 00.01 hours on Wednesday 25 July to 23.59 hours on Sunday 29 July for the ASI Ladies Scottish Open.

Consultation took place with various bodies including East Lothian Local Access Forum, Gullane Area Community Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the local Area Partnership and no concerns were raised.

The full report can be viewed on the council meetings page.

Published: Tuesday, 8th May 2018