THE excitement is building at the Dubbo Golf Club with renovations underway to accommodate the 2020 NSW Women's Open Championship.
Running from February 27 to March 1 next year, Dubbo and the surrounding region is expected to play host to thousands of visitors from interstate and across the globe.
Dubbo Golf Club general manager Rod Archer warmly welcomed the announcement last year, with the club receiving $1.3million in government funding in March.
"We are nervously excited," Mr Archer said. "It's going to be great for Dubbo and the region and I'm hoping it will encourage more women and girls to participate in golf - it's something we need to work on as an industry and as a club."
The Women's NSW Open is one of four major tournaments held by Golf NSW each year, with prize money in excess of $150,000.
It's expected the week long tournament will provide the players, their families and supporters with the perfect opportunity to experience the best of Dubbo, from delicious food and wine, to fascinating museums and galleries and the award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Mr Archer said improvements are already well underway with the cash injection allowing the club to install a full irrigation and sprinkler system along with a clubhouse lift.
"We've got new carpet going in, paint and furniture for the whole clubhouse and we're looking forward to welcoming about 150 players from all over the world in February."
With the Open set to be one of the biggest sporting events the region has ever seen, Mr Archer said he is confident the people of Dubbo will warmly welcome all visitors.
"One of the great things about being a regional club is knowing everyone will put on a show and make our visitors comfortable.
"We want to showcase Dubbo and the beautiful course we have here and we certainly aim to keep Dubbo on the map after this event."
Mr Archer said the team will be battling the weather with the greens and tees set to be heavily renovated over the coming months in preparation for the championship.
"We're trying to improve our greens and we've almost got them to a standard we're happy with - we're sure that the players will understand the significance of the drought and this event will be an opportunity to showcase what we can achieve in such circumstances."
Public entry to the 2020 NSW Women's Open Championship will be free with Mr Archer encouraging everybody to join in the festivities.
"We hope to see everybody come out and watch these great women players in action."
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