Months worth of planning is finally coming together as Inverell prepares for an influx of golfers for a week-long tournament.
The Inverell Veterans Golf Committee is gearing up to host the 2021 New England 'Week of Golf' to begin next week, with 140 people from across the state already signed up.
From Monday to Friday, the Inverell Golf Course will play host to the games, which has been taking nominations for four months.
The tournament will bring in people from as far as Bundaberg all the way down to Kangaroo Valley in the south.
At least 40 of those have never been to the Sapphire City before.
Tournament director Jim Shadlow said the week was one circled on the calendar, especially for grey nomad husband and wife duos who take particular interest in tournaments such as these in towns across NSW.
He said it was a "great opportunity" for Inverell to showcase what the local and surrounding area shave to offer.
"This will be a tremendous boost for the Inverell Golf Club and Inverell town with the visitors not only playing golf but adding to the local economy through accommodation, sightseeing and buying essentials," he said.
"The caravan parks are full and many visitors take the opportunity to sightsee on the Wednesday rest day."
He said this week will be well received as last year's event had to be cancelled due to COVID.
And the greens are also just as prepared.
The Club green keeper Ben Watling has, with the help of recent rain and many volunteers, gotten the course in great condition.
With good grass covering the fairways and greens, it's a stark contrast from two years ago at the peak of the drought.
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The committee also thanked their sponsors who helped make the week a reality.
"Without the sponsorship we would not be able to provide the great range of trophies for the individual winners over the four days," Shadlow said.
Registrations will be happening this Sunday at the Golf Club, with the welcome happening at the same time between 4 and 5pm.
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