It's fully expected to be the biggest golfing event that Dubbo has seen in a long time, but it's no secret the NSW Women's Open is coming to the Central West at an inopportune time.
The drought hit region hasn't seen much aside from sun and heat and water is becoming increasingly scarce, but the Dubbo Golf Club's Craig Mears is confident that the strict conditions won't stand in the way of the event reaching its true potential.
For sure, it's going to be a massive showing, we expect people to come from everywhere within the Central West and enjoy this event...Professional Craig Mears
"The course is going absolutely great considering the lack of rain and the limitations on water," Mears said.
"The guys are definitely all doing there best at the moment, we're going to try and ramp up our watering a little bit more in January and February and get the course in as good a nick as we can."
The event, one of the four major mainstays in NSW Golf's competition calendar, will arrive in Dubbo in March and the club has already invested heavily into keeping the course in the best condition possible, with promising results.
"If the conditions get worse, it could have a dramatic impact on the game and how they play, we're not watering anywhere near as much as we would normally because obviously we just don't have a lot of water, right now if you hit the ball offline, it's really taking off and anything going along the sides can be challenging."
The club is already doing everything in its power to ensure the competition is run smoothly, enlisting a wealth of various volunteering groups ahead of NSW Golf touching down in Dubbo in order to ensure there are no problems with organisation.
"For sure, it's going to be a massive showing, we expect people to come from everywhere within the Central West and enjoy this event, we're preparing ourselves with a lot of volunteer groups to control the crowds, manage things like parking and the gates and we hope to get people from everywhere coming out to witness the spectacle."
Last year's NSW Women's Open attracted 132 top level golfers from 32 different countries and drew them into Coffs Harbour.
The Dubbo Golf Club have already received federal funding for a new irrigation and sprinkler system designed to help keep the grounds in the best condition possible, and they'll be getting a workout before any of the hundred golfers arrive in March.
"Our new grant, the first lot of sprinkler heads are being installed next weekend, we're really preparing to intensify our watering ahead of the event," Mears said.
Despite the slate of hard work ahead of them, the club is still full steam ahead on their end of year competitions, having recently wrapped up the finals of their Top Gun Shootout and still endeavouring to host as many social games as possible.