GOLFERS from around the world, including Holland, Sweden, Ireland, France and America together with amateurs from clubs throughout Britain are this week competing on four of Wirral’s most challenging links in the Wirral Golf Classic.
Caldy, Heswall, Wallasey and Royal Liverpool, venue for the 2014 Open Championship, are hosting the event and with players competing over five days the Wirral tourism businesses, including hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions are set to feel the benefit of an influx of golfers who are set to play, eat and stay in Wirral.
Helen Latham, former international golfer and event organizer, said: “Wirral is a little known jewel on Britain’s golfing map. These wonderful courses in such beautiful locations will, I am sure, impress our visitors.”
Wirral Council Leader, Councillor Jeff Green said: “The council introduced the Wirral Golf Classic in response to feedback from, and by working in partnership with, our tourism businesses.
"We felt that introducing a quality amateur golf tournament that builds on our increased profile from The Open in 2006 would be a great way to deliver real benefits to the borough’s tourism economy.
"The response we have had in our first year is tremendous and we are pleased that people from not only Britain but around the world want to play golf in Wirral.
"There will be over 30 female entrants in the 200 competitor field which perhaps shows our heightened profile since the announcement that the Ricoh Women’s British Open is due to come to Royal Liverpool in 2012.
"I think people have been quick to realise that the Wirral Golf Classic is an affordable and competitive way to play an Open course and experience some of the challenges that the world’s very best golfers have faced.”
Research has shown that equivalent amateur tournaments like the Tullamore Dew Causeway Coast Golf Tournament in Northern Ireland can bring over 1,000 golfers to an area. It is hoped that The Classic will have a similar number of competitors in future years and will be self-sustaining by 2012, so helping to boost the local tourism economy.