THE Open Golf Club, which was launched in 2012 by Woolton Golf Club pro David Thompson, is going from strength to strength.
Only 11 clubs agreed to host a TOGC event in that first year. Now almost 40 different clubs have held events.
“I started The Open Golf Club with a view to offering golfers and golf clubs something a little different,” explained Thompson.
He added: “In the early days, recruiting golf clubs to host TOGC competitions wasn’t easy, it was a new concept with no block tee booking that allowed visitors to come to the course any day of the week to compete.
“More golfers have become ‘nomadic’ by choice and prefer to pay a green fee and experience different courses. Golf clubs need to find new and innovative ways of attracting these players to their club. Hence the growing popularity of TOGC amongst golfers and golf clubs alike.”
Ninety seven players competed in the 2015 Order of Merit for a place in the Grand Final at Southport and Ainsdale.
“Golf club members enjoy it as an add on to their club membership and nomadic golfers and society players are able to play competitively and keep a fair handicap,” explained the son of Cheshire county coaching legend Alan.
“In 2016 TOGC goes bigger again. The Grand Final will see eight lucky finalists fly to Portugal to compete over three days with the final round at, the iconic, Quinta Do Lago South Course.
“There will be four seats available in the ‘Majors’, one-day events where the winner on the day qualifies for Portugal. The other four places will be available via the season-long Order of Merit.
“With 25 events during the season, each with a seven-day window to compete, players can fit their competitive golf around their work schedule and need never be without competitive golf. They save money on the green fee with the advantage of TOGC pre-arranged rates in the process.”
For further information about The Open Golf Club, visit the website www.theopengolfclub.co.uk or call David Thompson on 07919 281514.
Pictured is Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club who hosted last year’s final.