The European Tour has partnered with Stagecoach to provide a free bus service from Irvine Central station for fans travelling to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links from July 13-16.
The service will run each day of the competition, from Irvine Central to Dundonald Links. Timings will tie in with the regular train service between Glasgow Central and Irvine Central, with buses running every 15 minutes on Thursday July 13 to Saturday July 15 and every 30 minutes on Sunday July 16.
Tom Bridge, Managing Director of Stagecoach West Scotland said: “The Aberdeen Management Scottish Open is a fantastic event for the West of Scotland and we’re delighted to be part of it. We look forward to welcoming those heading to Ayrshire for a great week of entertainment, onto a Stagecoach bus.”
Scotrail has confirmed that extra carriages have been added to services, with visitors expected to flock to Ayrshire so see a world class field of golfers, including World Number Four Rory McIlroy, The Open Champion Henrik Stenson, former Masters Tournament winner Adam Scott and 2015 tournament winner Rickie Fowler.
Scotrail communications director Rob Shorthouse said: “It’s great that the Scottish Open is being held for the first time at Dundonald Links, and we want to play our part in making it a success.
“We will be adding extra carriages to services to try to make things a bit easier for people travelling to and from Irvine. But trains will be busier than usual, so we encourage people to plan their journey in advance and make sure they have their ticket before boarding.”
Those attending the event will also be able to make use of free public car parking at Dundonald Links on a first come, first served basis.
Visitors will enjoy a range of food and drink on offer from local suppliers, plus live cooking exhibitions using local produce in the public catering area. With free entry for under-16s*, families looking for a great day out can enjoy a range of fun activities throughout the week.
Robert Gordon, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Commercial Director said: “We’ve worked extremely hard to make sure the Scottish Open is as accessible – both in terms of transport and pricing – as possible.
“We look forward to welcoming golf fans from across Scotland and beyond for a fantastic event, with hotly anticipated entertainment both inside and outside the ropes.”
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be the fourth event in the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai with minimum prize funds of US$7million.
Outside the ropes, the entertainment begins on the evening of Tuesday July 11 with the Hero Challenge – an exciting one-hole knockout contest featuring star golfers and celebrities. Fans can secure free entry to the Hero Challenge by booking at www.lostintv.com/hero.htm
There is live music on Friday night from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, with Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire taking to the show stage on Saturday evening. Fans will also be able to support the tournament charities Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s through various fun activities including a long putt challenge, photo booth and prize draws. Spectators can get involved in charitable fun, and win prizes, by joining the players in donning tartan attire on Tartan Friday on July 14.
Fans can buy tickets now – including official hospitality packages – at www.aamscottishopen.com/tickets
*Under 16s gain free entry when accompanied by an adult.
Adult tickets start at just £30, and include free entry to the Ladies Scottish Open, which would otherwise cost £10 on the gate. Find out more about the tournament at www.ladiesscottishopen.com