The Roxburghe Golf Course near Kelso is this week hosting the European Tour Qualifying School for the second consecutive year from 10-13 September.
The event, a tough challenge to decide who will join the golfing elite for the following season, will see around 70 players plus caddies, coaches and officials welcomed to the par 72 championship course, the only championship course in the region. The return of the tournament reaffirms the Roxburghe Golf Course as one of Scotland’s best courses.
The course which hosted the Scottish Senior Open from 2001-2005 will provide the players with over 7,000 yards of play, including the signature 14th hole, “The Viaduct”, a 585 par five which was described by Sam Torrance as “a beautiful hole in a glorious setting”. The course was designed by the late Dave Thomas, whose other creations include The Belfry, which staged the Ryder Cup four times, and San Roque Club, the host venue of the Qualifying School Final Stage on 11 occasions.
Mike Stewart, director of the Qualifying School, said: “We had a brilliant experience last year at The Roxburghe, it was precisely the sort of venue we were looking to add to the Qualifying School Schedule. The immaculate condition of the course, the superb facilities and the stunning location all combine to provide the complete package.
“It’s a testament to the process, and the interest that people take in it, that the Roxburghe wants to be involved one year on and that the team really enjoy hosting the Qualifying School.”
For those looking to play the course after the tournament, in September a four ball is being offered at £240 and in October at £180.