Women's British Open awarded to Kingsbarns

St. Andrews, Scotland ( - Kingsbarns Golf Links will host its first major championship as the venue was awarded the 2017 Women's British Open on Friday.

"People have said many flattering things about our course and facilities since we opened in 2000, but being selected to host our first major championship is the greatest accolade of all," said Art Dunkley, the Director of Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Kingsbarns has been part of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001 and has hosted final qualifying for the 2010 Open Championship and the 2013 Women's British Open.

"We believe Kingsbarns will be a wonderful addition to the Women's Open rota. Their excitement at hosting their first major will make the 2017 edition very special and we look forward to a long relationship with them," said Shona Malcolm, the CEO of the Ladies Golf Union, which oversees the championship.

Mo Martin made eagle on the final hole to win the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale in July. She will defend her title next year at Turnberry, while the 2016 championship will be staged at Woburn.