Nine days of pure golf for Festival
FOR the 64th straight year golfers are ready to converge on Coffs Harbour Golf Club for the Pure Blonde Festival of Golf.
The nine-day extravaganza tees off this morning but just because this an event that's happened so many times before, don't for a second think the staff at the popular 27-hole layout are at all blasé about this year's festival.
In fact, far from it.
Club professional Matt Allan said the Festival of Golf was a time that everyone at the club looks forward to.
"I think the golf course is probably the best it's ever been," Allan said.
"A greenkeeper came here a little while back from Sydney and said they were the best couch greens he's seen in Australia."
Allan said the numbers of players booked in for this week are up on last year, and include him and members of the Coffs City Golf Centre staff.
"I'm going to play a bit," Allan said.
"I know a lot of the staff - including the club's general manager, Paul McAra - are going to play as well because it's the best the course is all year.
"I admit it's a bit gluttonous on our behalf but it's pure."
For those golfers lucky enough to enjoy a round over the next nine days, McAra said there'll be some added excitement for players when they tee-off on the third hole.
Parry's Jewellers has come on board as a sponsor for the festival, offering any golfer who manages a hole-in-one on the picturesque par-3 a prize of an Adina watch valued at $500.
"We are so fortunate to have generous sponsors such as Parrys Jewellers supporting our club and our festival," McAra said.
"This year's festival is shaping up to be one of our best years yet.
"Anyone with a handicap is welcome to play.
"And we encourage the general public to come along, enjoy our clubhouse and watch some great golfers in action playing in our North Coast Open and LadiesClassic."