A HOST of famous faces will descend on The Renaissance Club this week for the Scottish Senior Open.

Play was due to get under way this morning (Thursday) and conclude on Sunday, with the likes of Ian Woosnam, a former world number one and 1991 Masters champion, among the field.

The Welshman is joined by former champion Paul Broadhurst, who lifted the trophy at Archerfield Links two years ago, as well as ex-Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Mark James. They will hope to get their hands on the winner’s cheque of £37,500.

In all, 13 Ryder Cup players have entered the event, where the first 36 holes will be contested in the Alliance Pro-Am format – where amateur players will be paired with a professional.

Former winner Broadhurst said: “I have very fond recollections of 2015. Winning so quickly after my 50th birthday showed that I could still be competitive – and a winner.”

The Englishman also revealed his experience, albeit limited, of the county course, adding: “I am looking forward to playing Renaissance Club (pictured) again. I had 18 holes there six years ago when I was working with coach Gary Nicol. We played the course and my lasting memory is just how long and tricky it was from the back tees in the windy conditions that day.”

Paul Bush, director of events at VisitScotland, said the tournament was the “perfect opportunity” for fans to see some top names.

And some East Lothian youngsters will be able to sample the atmosphere as James Morgan, Cameron Gallacher and Lewis Irvine take their place among the field. The latter pair won their way in through their placings on the Secondary School Order of Merit, while Morgan won a qualifying event to join them.

Entry to The Renaissance Club, at Dirleton, is free; there is a charge to park a vehicle, with the money going to Prostate Cancer UK.

And away from the action, there will be an interactive golf zone, while Rogue Village will offer food and drink.