Look out the plus fours and flat caps, the World Hickory Open is coming to the Highlands

Press & Journal Article. John Ross.

For many golfers, the latest equipment is key to improving their game with the hope of increasing power, distance and accuracy. But there is a growing number who prefer to tee up with antiques and play a more traditional game.

And if they get to dress up at the same time, all the better.

A tournament to be played over some of the Highlands’ finest courses this year will be a throwback to a bygone era.

Biggest international field

The World Hickory Open is being held in the region for the first time in October with its biggest international field expected. Competitors from around the world are lining up to take part in the event using clubs dating from pre-1935.

Although not compulsory, many will dress in clothes from the era, including plus fours and flat caps.

First staged in 2005 and open to professionals and amateurs, the event was won by Sandy Lyle in 2014.

The last Hickory Open was held in 2019 at Gullane in East Lothian. It attracted players from 15 countries including the USA, Japan and Australia.

The Hickory Open planned for St Andrews was cancelled due to Covid and the event is now moving to the Highlands.

It is expected to attract up to 180 golfers and be worth at least £250,000 to the area’s economy.

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club is hosting a team event on October 10 and the main competition is being held at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Nairn Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Club over three days.