The Inaugural Links Golf Cup Ayrshire took place from the 14-18 September and was played over the fantastic Western Gailes, Barassie Links, Prestwick St Nicholas and Dundonald Links. Over 60 amateur competitors from all over the UK took part in the event which proved to be a huge success with some excellent feedback.
Year two is expected to be bigger and better with the above clubs hosting again in 2016. Andy from Hybrid events who run the Links Golf Cup, which has proved hugely successful over the last 6 years in East Lothian had this to say "it was a massive success (undoubtedly helped by the weather) and something that has huge potential if we continue to have the support of Ayrshire Golf Scotland, the golf clubs, and others in the area. I would expect more like a field of 100-120 for next year with longer lead up time. I would also expect the ratio of 'outsiders' to 'locals' to increase - meaning more spend coming to the region. If the average spend stays at £620, then that is a sizeable chunk of money coming in to the area, and that is not to mention the income to the golf clubs in green fees."
With expected numbers to top the 100 mark this could see an additional economic benefit of close to £70,000 and would also increase the length of the season as it will be hosted mid to late September. This time around the Mercure in Ayr and Gailes Hotel provided accommodation for the competitors and the feedback was excellent in terms of hospitality with an average score of 8.8/10 for their stay. The golf courses came in at an average of 9.4/10 further enhancing the great reputation Ayrshire has of having great courses and a friendly welcome throughout.
It was also great to see other clubs get involved on the tournament rest day with many of the golfers choosing to have another round in the area playing the likes of Irvine GC, Royal Troon and Troon Lochgreen who put forward special one off rates for the links Golf Cup competitors.
All of Ayrshire Golf Scotland is looking forward to welcoming The Links Golf Cup back next year.