THE organisers of the Ricoh Women’s British Open held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake said they would "love to come back".
Despite losing one of the four days of play due to high winds and less than hoped for attendance – also attributed to poor weather – the tournament director Ross Hallett said he had been pleased with the event.
Mr Hallett said: "The golf club and council were great and it all came together well. We would love to come back, though I've no idea when. It won't be for the next couple of years and we're back in Scotland in 2015. We have some ideas for 2016 and beyond that we have not made any decision.
"It will be another 12 months before we think about that, but we would love Hoylake to feature in our plans. We would absolutely love to come back if the club will have us."
Council leader Phil Davies said he was "delighted" to hear the organisers would like to return to Hoylake, and said: "Weather not withstanding, I think it was a really good tournament and we always hoped it would give us an opportunity to showcase the borough."
The council had used the event to re-launch its plans for an international golf resort in Hoylake, and golf is key part of its wider tourism plans.
Cllr Davies said these types of events are "crucial" to Wirral’s regeneration schemes, and to attracting more tourists. The leader added: "It has been our ambition to become a fixture on the circuit for these tournaments."
The tournament failed to attract the hoped for 70,000 people, with a total of 44,000 spectators by the end of Sunday, but Mr Hallett said there had been "some outstanding golf" and a great winner in Jiyai Shin "who ran way with it and was a great champion".
Around 1,500 people attended practice days on Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday, the first day of the tournament there were 8,900. Some 3,500 were at the course on the Friday when the day's play was abandoned due to high winds, with 16,900 attending on the Saturday when the weather was at its best, and 13,200 on the final Sunday. Mr Hallett said: “We are really happy with it.”