The 54-hole pro-am contest, which will return to Archerfield Links in East Lothian and will see the field of professionals increased from 60 to 80, will now be staged from Thursday, May 3 to Saturday 5 instead of the mid-August date it had this year.
For the past two seasons, the championship has clashed with the Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews and the switch should at least avoid a similar scheduling problem. The senior event has still to be given a date for next year.
Catriona Matthew romped to a 10-shot victory in last August's tournament and the North Berwick golfer's participation in the event will depend on her LPGA Tour diary.
The Scottish contest forms part of a 24-stop schedule in 2012 which will be headlined by the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool in September. Two new events, the ISPS Handa British Masters at the tour's headquarters of the Buckinghamshire and the Helsingborg Open in Sweden, have been added to the programme.
2-5 RACV Australian Ladies Masters Gold Coast, Queensland
9-1 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
17-19 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open, hosted by Christchurch, Christchurch
1-4 tbc, tbc
22-25 Lalla Meryem Cup, Agadir, Morocco
3-5 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, Archerfield Links, East Lothian, Scotland
10-13 Turkish Ladies Open, Belek, Antalya, Turkey
24-27 UniCredit Ladies German Open presented by Audi, Munich, Germany
1-3 Deloitte Ladies Open, Rotterdam, Netherlands
8-10 Ladies Slovak Open, Tale
14-17 Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, Ticino
22-24 Raiffeisenbank Prague Masters, Prague
26-29 Evian Masters, Evian-Les-Bains, France
3-5 Ladies Irish Open, Killeen Castle, County Meath
16-18 ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters, Denham, Buckinghamshire
30-Sept 2 UNIQA Ladies Open presented by Raiffeisen, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
6-9 Helsingborg Open, Skane, Sweden
13-6 RICOH Women's British Open, Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake
20-23 Open de España Femenino, tbc
27-30 Ladies Open of Portugal, tbc
4-7 Lacoste Ladies Open de France, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine
12-14 tbc, tbc
tbc Sanya Ladies Open, Sanya, Hainan Province, China
26-28 China Suzhou Taihu Open, Shanghai
30-Dec 2 Hero Women's Indian Open, DLF G&CC, New Delhi
5-8 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates