The Graham Marsh-designed Twin Creeks Golf and Country has been announced as the new host of the NSW Open Championship.
The Luddenham layout has secured the event for the next three years. This year’s tournament will be played from November 16 to 19, which will lead straight into the Emirates Australian Open, to be played at The Australian Golf Club.
Rated in Australia’s Top-100 courses, the formidable par 72 layout at Twin Creeks will provide a solid test to the game’s best professional and amateur golfers alike.
"The 2017 NSW Open will once again be an ideal lead-in event for golfers immediately before the Australian Open," Golf NSW Chairman, Andrew Tharle, said. "Fans of the sport will be treated to two weeks of world-class tournament golf in our nation's greatest city."
Golf NSW chief executive Stuart Fraser acknowledged the support of the championship from the Western Sydney community.
“In 2016, the NSW Open attracted a field of over 150 national and international competitors as well as upwards of 5,000 spectators to our state and the greater Western Sydney area,” he said. “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.
“Golf NSW appreciates the ongoing support of the NSW Government and Destination NSW, Penrith City Council and Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club,” Fraser added.
Penrith City Council Mayor, Cr John Thain, was thrilled to see the tournament land in the City.
“It is with great pleasure that Penrith City hosts the 2017 NSW Golf Open to be held at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club. It is the first time this prestigious event will be held in Penrith, and we look forward to a fruitful and ongoing partnership with Golf NSW,” he said.
Competitors in this year’s tournament will be playing for a total prize pool of a minimum of $400,000. The Champion will not only lift the Kel Nagle Cup, but he will also be exempt for the remainder of the 2017 season and the following two years on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.