WEARERS of plus-fours from all over the world are preparing for the tenth anniversary of The World Hickory Open, which will take place at Carnoustie Country’s famous Open venue, Carnoustie Championship, from 19-23 October.
The old-fashioned sport, which dates back to the late 19th and earl 20th centuries, is played with wooden-shafted clubs.
Many of the clubs used are rare antiques, and the dress code includes plus fours and flat caps for the men and long skirts for women.
Lionel Freedman, Director and co-founder said: “Over the years, the World Hickory Open has established itself as one of the top hickory golf tournaments.
“It attracts not only the best hickory golfers in the world but also top ‘modern’ golfers, such as last year’s winner, Sandy Lyle.
“An Open and Masters Champion winning it gave an extra boost to hickory golf and we are very hopeful Sandy will return in October to defend his title.”
Almost 140 hickory golfers are expected to compete this year, with over 50 already signed up from across the globe.
Although the competition attracts many specialists, Lionel stressed that the tournament is open to all hickory golfers, from novice to expert.
He said: “Hickory golfers with a scratch to nine handicap will compete separately from the high handicap golfers, with both competitions featuring a round on Carnoustie Championship and Carnoustie Budden.
He added: “There’s always a fabulous sense of camaraderie – but there’s also a highly competitive side which always ensures this international match is hotly contested.”