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

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open both return to East Lothian in July and August and are being held at The Renaissance Club, Dirleton. The tournaments took pace at Gullane Golf Club in 2018 and similar access rights were suspended there at that time.

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 The Renaissance Club 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 come into effect at 00.01 hours on Wednesday 10th July to 23.59 hours on Sunday 14th July for the ASI Scottish Open and 00.01 hours on Thursday 8th August to 23.59 hours on Sunday 11th August for the ASI Ladies Scottish Open.

Head of Service (Development) Douglas Proudfoot, said: “Once again, we are working closely with the organisers of these major tournaments to ensure they are safely managed for the enjoyment of the many locals and visitors we expect to attend. It is fantastic that East Lothian, Scotland’s Golf Coast, has once again attracted these world-class golfing events, which will help showcase all that East Lothian has to offer, from top quality golf to stunning scenery, hospitality and food and drink.”

Consultation took place with various bodies including East Lothian Local Access Forum, Gullane Area Community Council, Dirleton Village Association, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Archerfield Estates, Archerfield Advisory Group, Scottish Natural Heritage and the local Area Partnership and no concerns were raised.

Published: Tuesday, 14th May 2019