EXCLUSIVE: New golf course to host major event



Teeing off: Blacktown mayor and golfing enthusiast Len Robinson, with Stonecutter Ridge Golf Club CEO Craig Scott, is pleased Blacktown City will host the NSW Open for the first time. Picture: Geoff Jones

Teeing off: Blacktown mayor and golfing enthusiast Len Robinson, with Stonecutter Ridge Golf Club CEO Craig Scott, is pleased Blacktown City will host the NSW Open for the first time. Picture: Geoff Jones

PLANS are in full swing for Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club to host the NSW Open later this year.

The Star can exclusively reveal some of the best upcoming names in the sport will be in town to play for a share of the $140,000 prize pool, up for grabs from November 13 to 16.

The tournament was held in Castle Hill last year.

"We are very excited to be part of it," Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club chief executive Craig Scott said.

"It's the biggest event on the NSW calendar. We hope to get a full field and a good ground attendance. We're expecting up to 10,000 spectators over the four days."

It will be free entry for spectators.

While recently crowned world number one Adam Scott is unlikely to play, it's hoped it will attract some of Australia's top golfers, and marquee golfers from overseas in lead-up to the Australian Open.

Qualifying rounds for the NSW Open will be held in coming months.

Opened in 2012, Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club is Sydney's first Greg Norman-designed golf course.

"It's still a new course and is accessible to Sydney Airport," Mr Scott said.

"It will be a great opportunity to look at the course and look at some of Australia's top golfers."

Mr Scott hopes to secure the event for another three years if this year's open is successful.

"Our hopes are to increase the prize pool and get television rights for the event," he said.

"We've had a lot of interest from our members wanting to volunteer at the tournament."

The club welcomes any sponsorship interest.

Blacktown mayor and avid golfer Len Robinson welcomed the news.

"It's great publicity for Blacktown," he said. "Spectators will see a lot of stars of the future."

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