Tweed will soon benefit from a tourism boost with the regional qualifying tournament for the NSW Golf Open set to be held in Tweed Heads to boost regional economies recovering from drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest MP today announced the NSW Government would commit $2.1 million over three years to assist Golf NSW to stage regional qualifying tournaments including at the Coolangatta – Tweed Heads Gold Club from December 13  to 15.

Mr Provest said the event will be among a series of six NSW Open qualifers that will be held across NSW where professional and amateur golfers can vie for a total prize pool of $300,000, with a $50,000 prize for each event.

“I’m delighted to welcome golfers from right around the state who will soon discover what local players already know; the Tweed is a great place to play a round of golf,” Mr Provest said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Government is committed to supporting communities in regional NSW recovering from the impact of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 and by bringing the NSW Open qualifying tournament to Tweed will help boost tourism.

“Golf clubs are an essential part of regional sporting communities across the state and for the first time the NSW Government and Golf NSW are providing an option for regional clubs to host qualifying events for the NSW Open,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Usually professional and amateaur golfers have to travel to Sydney to qualify for the NSW Open but this allows them to do in their own backyard bringing tourism to the regions and valuable econmoic dollars to boost local coffers.

“Regional towns have been hit hard by the triple whammy of bushfires, drought and COVID-19, which is why we are bringing events such as the NSW Open to regional areas that need a significant economic boost,” Mr Barilaro said.