The ASI Scottish Open will take place at The Renaissance Club from 10-14 July. Spectators are encouraged to plan ahead and take advantage of a free shuttle bus from North Berwick.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open heads to The Renaissance Club on July 10-14, 2019, and a range of transport options are available for spectators, who are urged to make travel plans in advance and stick to organised routes, as they make their way to see some of golf’s biggest stars in action.
East Lothian hosted Scotland’s national open in 2015 and 2018, and following the success of those events a public transport plan will be adopted to ensure that the expected 50,000+ fans can effectively plan their journeys, while avoiding congestion in the neighbouring towns.
Fans are being encouraged to take advantage of the Free North Berwick railway station shuttle bus service. The same free public car park as 2015 and 2018 is also on offer on site and spectators are reminded that there is no public parking facility at The Renaissance Club itself.
Specific routes have also been identified to ensure as little disruption as possible to both residents and those travelling to and from the event. These routings bring spectators to the public car park at Muirfield Fields from the East, and therefore avoid congestion in Gullane.
Members of the public who are not attending the Scottish Open should also try, where possible, to find alternative routes.
The key points from the transport plan are:
- There is no public parking within The Renaissance Club.
- Visitors not attending the tournament should avoid wherever possible using the A198 as this could cause significant delays
- Scotrail will operate a regular train service from Edinburgh to North Berwick and a free shuttle service operated by East Coast Buses will operate from North Berwick Railway Station. For rail bookings and timetables visit scotrail.co.uk
- Those travelling by car should use the A1 and exit at the Oak Tree Junction at Haddington
- Anyone using the A7 and A68 should follow signs to Haddington via the A6093 and then follow the appropriate AA signs
- There will not be parking restrictions in Gullane.
- There will be stopping restrictions in Aberlady, at the junction with the Gardens, as in 2018 to ensure smooth traffic flow.
- There will be stopping restrictions in Longniddry – A198 from Kitchener Crescent to Wemyss Terrace and then on to the Longniddry - Drem Road on east, north and south sides, as in 2018 to ensure smooth traffic flow
- There will be stopping restrictions in Dirleton to ensure clear passage for emergency vehicles down John Muir Way. There will be no access by car nor on foot to the tournament via this route, as in 2018 to ensure smooth traffic flow.
- There will be stopping restrictions in North Berwick at the rear of the station, on Dirleton Avenue, Links Road, May Terrace, Ware Road and Ibris Road, as in 2018 to ensure clear passage for the Free Public Bus Shuttle.
- A temporary 30mph speed limit will be introduced on the A198 Between Gullane and Dirleton.
Rory Colville, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Championship Director, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming over 50,000 fans to The Renaissance Club this July for what is one of the most prestigious events in world golf.
“As some of the world’s best golfers gather at The Renaissance Club, we have adapted what were successful plans in 2015 and 2018 to make the journey to the course as smooth as possible for travelling fans and minimise disruption for local residents. We would encourage travelling fans to follow our guidance to make their own journey as simple as possible and assist the local community.”
Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “Obviously we want as many visitors as possible to come and enjoy the amazing golf that will be played at The Renaissance Club during the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Our sustainable transport plan for spectators worked extremely well last time we hosted the event so I hope many people will once again take advantage of the very convenient options available and choose to leave the car at home. These options also give visitors the chance to linger in North Berwick and elsewhere in East Lothian and enjoy a warm local welcome and sample some of the local hospitality.”
Full details of the parking restrictions are available on the Tell Me Scotland website