The Renaissance Club in Scotland, three-time host venue of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, has taken on the services of three-time Major champion Pádraig Harrington to act as a ‘player consultant’ for the club’s championship golf course.
Under the terms of the three-year arrangement, the current European Ryder Cup captain will consult with Renaissance Club’s course architect Tom Doak over matters related to the course’s design going forward.
“From the beginning, the goal for The Renaissance Club was to host big events, but that was back in 2005, and the best players just keep getting better!” said Doak. “We want The Renaissance Club to be an authentic links challenge, and who better than Pádraig Harrington to help with that?
“It’s great to have a sounding board for my ideas, so we can pick the ones that will make a difference in how the players tackle the holes, and not waste money on changes that don’t. In particular, I think we will focus on the par-five holes. We don’t care so much about the winning score – that’s all about the weather – but we want to make sure if they miss wide with their second shots, the opponent who has executed properly will come out ahead.”
Harrington commented: “I am excited to work with Tom to provide both my thoughts, as well as to gather feedback from many of the top professional golfers in the world who will be participating in the 2021 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club. Golf course design is a particular passion of mine and I am looking forward to collaborating with Tom and The Renaissance Club.”