THE world’s top golfers will return to The Renaissance Club next year after it was confirmed the venue will once again host the Scottish Open and the Ladies Scottish Open.

The course, near Dirleton, hosted both events this summer, following on the heels of Gullane Golf Club, which was the venue 12 months earlier.

The 2020 edition of Scotland’s national men’s open, part of the Rolex Series, the eight premium tournaments on the Race to Dubai, will be played on July 9-12 followed by the women’s event on the same course on August 13-16.

Golf fans from East Lothian and beyond flocked to the course for this year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open as the event attracted more than 66,000 spectators.

This summer, fans enjoyed two weeks of world-class golf as Austrian Bernd Wiesberger triumphed over a field including four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and American stars Rickie Fowler Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas.

Three weeks later, Mi Jung Hur captured her third LPGA Tour title – a decade after her first – with a four-shot victory over an international leaderboard including Ariya Jutanugarn, Jeongeun Lee and Scotland’s Carly Booth.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesman for economic development and tourism, was delighted with the news.

He said: “The events are a massive opportunity to showcase all that Scotland’s Golf Coast has to offer – the partnership between fantastic local hospitality offering, delightful food and drink places, friendly local businesses and a host of superb golf courses and other local attractions.”