With a better-than-ever 20th annual Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Classic Tournament planned for 2018, the event has been moved to allow for more participation.
Recent years' events have been sold out, said parks and recreation manager Kevin Turcotte. This year's tournament will be held at the Royal Niagara Golf Course in the Glendale neighbourhood. It has three nine-hole courses, allowing for more golfers. Traditionally, the event has been held at the 18-hole Whirlpool course, which was limited to 144 participants, and always some potential golfers disappointed, said Turcotte.
“Registration fills up quickly and we always have a waiting list of foursomes. This way we should be able to accommodate them. We really hope to capitalize on our 20th anniversary and see how many golfers we can get out.”
This year's event is also expected to have more prizes.
The event will also be held earlier in the season – instead of October, it will take place Thursday, Sept. 13.
“There were always some people who wanted to play but couldn't because of the grape harvest. This way they can be included,” said Turcotte.
Registration will include 18 holes of golf with cart, a free sponsored lunch and a prime rib dinner at the community centre in NOTL. A gift for each participating golfer will be provided by this year's major sponsor, John Hawley of The Village Developments.
All proceeds from the event are being directed to Voices of Freedom, the Regent Street park currently under construction to celebrate the town's black history.
Online registration is available at https://notl.icompasscms.com/content/2018-golf-classic.