The NSW Golf Open has a new home at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club at Luddenham.
After four years at the Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club at Colebee, the crowning jewel of the NSW Golf calendar will move further west for at least the next three years.
Chief executive of Golf NSW Stuart Fraser said Twin Creeks would be a “wonderful test” for the players.
“Stonecutters was a fantastic venue for the tournament and a fantastic team to work with but we’re looking to grow the tournament and Twin Creeks has always be an option for us to do that,” he said.
“With the plans they have ahead, it’s a very exciting time for them and they see the NSW Open as a vehicle to compliment their development and we saw that as a great growth opportunity for the event as well.”
Under the government funding terms, the NSW Open is required to stay in western Sydney.
Although it limits the venue options, Mr Fraser said it was great that Stonecutters and Twin Creeks were both rated inside Australia’s top 100 courses.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to take world-class tournament golf into western Sydney and give all the residents and community out here a taste of professional golf,” he said.
“The players enjoyed Stonecutters but Twin Creeks is probably a bit more difficult. In saying that, they’re both great courses and we’re very lucky to have Twin Creeks as a venue.”
The 2016 NSW Open had a field of over 150 national and international players with over 5000 spectators and was won by Queenslander Adam Blyth.
This year, competitors will be playing for a total prize pool of a minimum of $400,000 and the winner will lift the coveted Kel Nagle Cup.
The 2017 NSW Open will take place at Twin Creek Golf and Country Club between November 16 to 19, a week before the Australian Open.