THE Wirral Golf Classic, started only two years ago, has been a huge benefit to the area. Attracting more than 200 golfers from all over the UK and abroad, the post event analysis found that enjoyment of the event had been 100% and that 91% are likely to come again.
Over 95% of visitors came from outside of Wirral, with almost a third coming for the first time, with an economic impact of £188,000, all those involved can be proud of their achievement.
The event was the suggestion of Royal Liverpool GC Secretary, David, Crombie, the then Chair of the Wirral Golf Partnership.
Aided by funds from the European Development Fund, Wirral Council appointed local sports management company Helen Latham Promotions to develop and deliver the event.
The tournament involves four of Wirral’s magnificent coastal golf courses over a 72 hole amateur tournament, open to adult male & female golfers.
Caldy, former venue of the Seniors’ Championship, boasts stunning views from its cliffs across the River Dee to Wales. Further down the river, Heswall was the venue for The R&A’s Junior Championships in 2006 and stages the North of England Under-16 Championships each year.
Wallasey, home of stableford, is an Open Qualifying venue enjoying beautiful views across the Mersey to Liverpool, and Royal Liverpool much loved by golfers throughout the world.
Having staged the first Amateur Championship, first Walker Cup, first International Golf Match and 11 Open Championships looks forward to the Ricoh Women’s Open in September and the return of The Open Championship in 2014.
Flyers are being sent to golf clubs in March for the 2012 event, being held on October 1-5 and further information can be found on the web site www.wirralgolfclassic.co.uk including promotional offers from accommodation and food providers in Wirral.
The event is now supported by Wirral Council, National Club Golfer and Titleist.