Castle Stuart will turn tartan today as the course holds its final preparations for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
Players, fans and staff will don the traditional attire during the the annual pro-am event ahead of the main competition getting underway tomorrow.
The event raises funds for the Scottish Open charity Clic Sargent – gathering more than £20,000 at Gullane Golf Club last year.
Hundreds of spectators bedecked in tartan hats, kilts, skirts, trousers and jackets, packed into the grandstand guarding the 18th green last year to add a splash of tartan to proceedings during the traditional tournament curtain-raiser.
European Tour stars sporting their own trews included Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjørn, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Russell Knox, Paul Lawrie and Pablo Larrazábal – all of whom are in the star-studded field at Castle Stuart this week.
This year, 50 professionals and amateurs will be decked out in tartan provided by Scottish golfing clothing company Royal and Awesome.
Tour pros will also be on hand to help the public judge the best tartan attire by the 18th grandstand
Peter Adams, championship director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said: “Tartan Wednesday was a great success last year, raising thousands of pounds for charity and also bringing a fantastic element of colour to the tournament’s curtain-raiser, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to make it even bigger and better this year.
“The money raised this year will go towards Clic Sargent, a charity which supports children and young people with cancer and their families, so it is a great cause which I know players and fans alike will get behind by turning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open tartan.”
Preparations are now well underway for the return of the Scottish Open to Castle Stuart for the first time since 2013.
Local favourites including Russell Knox and Jimmy Gunn arrived ahead of the competition, as well as former world number one Luke Donald.