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NSW Open finds new home at Twin Creeks

(Photo: Dave Tease: Golf NSW)
The NSW Open Golf Championship continues to go from strength to strength with a new three-year deal today announced for the increasingly prestigious event to be played at the Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club in Greater Western Sydney.

Played at the Greg Norman-designed Stonecutters Ridge the past two years, the NSW Open will remain in Sydney's far west where it has attracted significant support from both state and local governments.

The tournament and its Kel Nagle Cup will once again be played the week prior to the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney with tournament organisers hoping its position on the schedule will help to attract a quality field.

"The 2017 NSW Open will once again be an ideal lead-in event for golfers immediately before the Australian Open," said Chairman of Golf NSW Andrew Tharle.

"Fans of the sport will be treated to two weeks of world-class tournament golf in our nation's greatest city."

With the purse for the tournament increasing to $400,000 in 2016, the NSW Open was elevated back to Tier One status on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Now, with a three-year commitment to remain at Twin Creeks and the stability that comes with it, organisers are hoping to continue to increase the profile, purse and prestige of the event in coming years.

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“In 2016, The NSW Open attracted a field of over 150 national and international competitors as well as upwards of 5000 spectators to our State and the greater Western Sydney area,” said GOLF NSW CEO Stuart Fraser.

“This year will be no different; our goal is to ensure that the NSW Open grows and will always be a healthy and viable part of the Australian sporting calendar.”

Fraser said the support of both the Penrith City Council and NSW Government was crucial in the continued success of the tournament.

“Golf NSW appreciates the ongoing support of the NSW Government and Destination NSW, Penrith City Council and Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club,” Mr Fraser said.

The 2017 NSW Open will be played form November 16-19 at Twin Creeks, a facility which is also undergoing exciting growth in other areas.

Speaking at the official launch of the tournament, Twin Creeks Director David Chen outlined an ambitious series of initiatives for the facility in coming years.

Among the plans are a five-star hotel, helicopter tours to the Blue Mountains, a golf academy, walking and bike riding trails and ongoing improvements to the course.

The three-year arrangement also comes with a further three-year option, offering both the tournament, and Twin Creeks, the chance to build a very successful partnership.

Rod Morri
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