Macdonald Hotels reach the summit as new hosting sponsors of Scottish Hydro Challenge

At a truly unique announcement at the summit of CairnGorm Mountain in the Highlands of Scotland, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts have been named as the hosting sponsor of the Scottish Hydro Challenge, which takes place at Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course from June 21-24.

The new agreement, confirmed at the spectacular mountain location, means that the tournament, one of the flagship events on the European Challenge Tour schedule, will now be known as the ‘Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts’.

The UK’s highest building – the picturesque Ptarmigan Restaurant near Aviemore, 1097 metres above sea level - was the venue for five of Scotland’s most talented Challenge Tour stars, all members of Team Scottish Hydro 2012, to hit the most elevated shots in the British Isles from a platform to a specially-constructed green.

The Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts also benefits from the considerable support from Scottish Government agency EventScotland, currently to the tune of £150,000 per annum, as part of the country’s strong golf tournament investment programme in conjunction with the hosting of The 2014 Ryder Cup.

EventScotland’s continued support, which is confirmed through to at least 2018, means Challenge Tour golf will play a major part in the build-up to golf’s biggest team event, which takes place at Gleneagles, Perthshire, in two years’ time.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts’ hosting sponsorship will provide the tournament with another huge boost following last year’s exciting announcement that Scottish Hydro will sponsor the event until 2014 - the year in which The Ryder Cup makes that eagerly-awaited return to Scotland for the first time since 1973.

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