Turnberry’s Ailsa course was announced today as the venue for the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open for only the second time in the championship’s history.

Turnberry, the Luxury Collection Resort in Ayrshire and host of the Open Championship on four occasions, was the scene of the Women’s British Open Championship in 2002, when Australia’s Karrie Webb won the prestigious title for a third time.

Webb said: “I am really pleased to hear that the Ricoh Women’s British Open will be returning to Turnberry. I have wonderful memories of winning the 2002 Championship and I can’t wait to return in 2015.”

The Ricoh Women’s British Open was founded by the LGU in 1976 and is staged in conjunction with IMG, the world’s largest sports marketing company. The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994 and gained Major status in 2001.

Shona Malcolm, the LGU’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Turnberry, which has welcomed the Championship back with great enthusiasm.”

Jordi Tarrida, General Manager, Turnberry Resort, added: “We are very proud of our reputation as one of the world’s most renowned golf resorts and our history as a Major Championship venue. Hosting the Women’s British Open in 2002 was a fantastic experience so we are delighted to be working once again with the LGU and IMG and bringing the 2015 Championship back to Turnberry.”