Co-ordinator of the event, Paul Selman, said the Ballina week of golf, from July 19 to 23, is one of 48 veterans’ weeks of golf held in a geographical loop to allow the keen golfers to travel from one event to another.
The Ballina event will be the first after a four-week recess in the 48-week schedule, and it’s the first time Ballina has hasted a veterans’ week of golf.
Mr Sleman said hosting the event was a real coup not only for the golf club, but for the town.
He said the event was nearly fully booked already, even though the promotions were sent out in early January.
“The benefits to the town are huge,” he said.
“There will be about 350 to 400 people coming to Ballina. It will be the biggest event at the Ballina Golf Club this year.”
He said many of the participants in the circuit were caravaners or motor-homers who would travel for weeks on end from one town to the next to play in the ‘weeks of golf’.
“There are many husbands and wives who travel almost continuously on tour,” he said.
“These golfing nomads wander backwards and forwards across NSW throughout the year, generally returning home during the warmer months and for the small winter recess.”
The Ballina event has been billed with the theme ‘Escape Winter’.
Ballina Golf and Sports Club had to apply to the NSW Veteran Golfers Association to host the event.
Mr Selman said permission was given for Ballina to host the event as it fitted in with the circuit of other events. The golfers will head north to Murwillumbah after the Ballina week.
He said the association also gave permission based on the ability of the Ballina club to host the event.
He said it was a coup for Ballina to be able to put on the week of golf.
The veterans will play in various events over four days during the week, with the Wednesday of that week being a lay day where the visitors can enjoy a bus trip.