Hickory Champs forecast to attract Record Entry

This year’s LinkedGolfers World Hickory Festival, played with pre-1936 hickory shafted clubs, moves back to East Lothian where Sandy Lyle will defend his 2016 title over the bespoke hickory links of Kilspindie against a record field of 120 amateur and professional competitors from 20 countries. According to Festival CEO Ewan Glen, 85 entries have been received to date, with only a few player spots remaining.

The Hickory Festival, now in its thirteenth year, will be played over Luffness, Kilspindie, Craigielaw and Musselburgh Links (arguably the oldest golf course in the world where Mary Queen of Scots played in 1567, and which hosted no less than six Opens in the late nineteenth century).

The LinkedGolfers World Hickory Open is scheduled to be played over two days at Kilspindie (Oct 3rd and 4th), particularly suited to hickory golf, while a two day International Triangular Ryder Cup-format competition with teams from Europe, Scandinavia and The Americas, will be played over the unique Musselburgh Old Links (Oct 6th and 7th) bringing the 2017 Hickory Festival to a close.

Past winners of the Hickory Open have come from a range of courses throughout the world, and play off a variety of handicaps. Previous winners have included 1987 Masters Champion Sandy Lyle, European tour player Andrew Marshall from Bamburgh GC in Norfolk, Paulo Quirici from Lugano Golf Club in Switzerland and Richard Valentine from Loretto School. Richard is the grandson of the famous Jessie Valentine. 

To find out more about this event contact info@worldhickoryopen.com or call Ewan Glen on 07796168381 / 01334840860 or Michael Westmacott on 01620 84 4024.