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Re-invigorated Dundonald Links set to welcome world’s best players in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, July 28-31

Luxury golf resort in western Scotland showcases golf course, brand-new clubhouse, hotel rooms and standalone lodges

(Ayrshire, Scotland; July 21, 2022) – Two-time major champion and current World No.1 Jin Young Ko is set to headline the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links, July 28-31, alongside fellow major champions Minjee Lee, Jennifer Kupcho and winner of the 2022 KPMG PGA Championship In Gee Chun.


Joining Ko in the 144-women field, the event’s strongest field to date, are former World No.1’s which include World No.4 Lydia Ko, who in 2015 became the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No.1 in professional golf at age 17; Inbee Park, who claimed the No.1 ranking in 2013 after winning what’s now known as The Chevron Championship; and Ariya Jutanugarn, who overtook Lydia Ko at the top of the Rolex Rankings in June 2017 and became the first Thai golfer to be ranked World No.1.


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The timing of this event is ideal for Dundonald Links as it unveiled several additions and enhancements to coincide with the 2022 season. These include renovations to the acclaimed Kyle Phillips designed 18-hole course and the debut of a modern luxury clubhouse, hotel rooms, and standalone lodges with private putting green.


“We are thrilled to be hosting the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, and to be partnering with IMG, VisitScotland and Trust Golf to deliver this prestigious event,” said Ian Ferguson, General Manager, Dundonald Links. “Since the event was last here in 2017, the course has undergone vast improvements and we can’t wait to showcase them to golf fans around the world. We believe Dundonald Links will be the perfect place to showcase the top women golfers and give them a true links test.”


The prestigious tournament – in which players will vie for shares of the $2 million dollar prize purse – will be broadcast in the United States and Canada on Golf Channel during all four rounds beginning on Thursday, July 21. The precise times and more information can be found at


“Not only will golfers around the globe get to see elite players take on our award-winning course, but they’ll fall in love with our gorgeous setting and want to visit and play here,” said Club Manager Ferguson. “Fortunately, with our new luxury hospitality additions, we ready to embrace them and provide an unforgettable experience.”


Golf at Dundonald Links epitomizes why Scotland is the renowned home of golf. With some holes enjoying sweeping vistas of the Ayrshire coast, wide fairways, undulating greens and situated among five-star luxurious facilities, Dundonald Links is a course designed by golfers for golfers. No detail too small has been overlooked, culminating in one of the best golf courses in Scotland to play, stay, dine and relax at.


“When we acquired Dundonald Links in 2019, we knew it had great potential to become one of the UK’s finest golf resorts and it is amazing to see our plans come to fruition. With the brand-new clubhouse and luxury accommodation, we believe it will be the perfect host to the 



world’s best women golfers,” said Lindsey Esse, Managing Director of Darwin Escapes, which owns and operates Dundonald Links.


As well as the 2022 Women’s Scottish Open, Dundonald Links will host 2023 Open Championship Final Qualifying.


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About Dundonald Links


The first Dundonald Links layout was designed by 1883 Open Champion Willie Fernie and opened on March 23rd, 1911.


Dundonald Links was purchased by Loch Lomond Golf Club in early 2003 to provide its global membership with a traditional links challenge. The club enlisted California-based architect Kyle Phillips, who had recently built Kingsbarns, to create a links masterpiece on the Ayrshire coast, featuring wonderful undulations, deep rough, a generous helping of gorse bushes and, unlike many traditional links courses, there are areas of the course that are framed by stunning pine trees.


The 18-hole, par-72, championship course offers a classic links golf experience for all to savour. Generous fairways, undulating greens and a wide choice of tees make it an enjoyable test for golfers of all abilities. It is also one of the longest courses in the UK, measuring 6,700 yards.


In 2008, Dundonald was chosen as the venue for the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School and continued to host the tournament until 2011. In 2012, the course hosted the Senior Opening Qualifying. 2014 saw the prestigious Boys’ Amateur Championship played at Dundonald. The venue then hosted some of the world’s best female golfers for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – where the course also welcomed the men’s event.


Darwin Escapes, which also operates The Springs in Oxfordshire and the KP Club in Yorkshire, acquired Dundonald Links for £4.5m in 2019 and laid out a £25m development plan which will see the venue completely transformed into a resort, with a new clubhouse, luxury lodges and hotel rooms.



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