With golfers encouraged to embrace the heritage of the sport by dressing up in original golfing attire, the Sharwoods Open Championship is open to golfers across the board, providing a wonderful opportunity to experience links golf at its best.
It will coincide with the 147th Open Championship, which will be played at Carnoustie in Scotland from July 19-22.
Humewood general manager Brendon Timm said the fact that the Open was always played on a links layout provided a strong association with the highly rated PE course.
“Humewood was sculpted after some of the world’s most famous links courses and we felt this sort of event was a perfect fit,” he said.
“It’s a celebration of links golf that coincides with the history of the Open Championship. We embrace where the game of golf was started and everyone is asked to dress up in original golfing attire.
“Port Elizabeth is such a vibrant city, rich in history and culture. As the only true links course in Africa, we strive to pay homage to the history of links golf and to give as many people as possible the opportunity to tick a box on their bucket list.”
He paid tribute to the support they received from their loyal sponsors.
“It takes a community to make a success of an event. Sharwoods have been long-serving sponsors of Humewood and without our loyal supporters, events such as this would not be possible.”
Reflecting on last year’s inaugural Open Championship, Timm said they had hosted 266 golfers over the two days at Humewood and they would again be going all out to make it a memorable experience.
“Hosting so many players was a tremendous feat in itself and everyone got into the spirit of the occasion.
“We will have a bag-piper for the event and live music, along with prizes for best-dressed and the coveted Claret Jug up for grabs.”
Reiterating that the event was open to all golfers, irrespective of what club they belonged to, Timm said those interested could book directly through the golf club by calling 041-583-2137 or emailing email@example.com.
He added that there were opportunities for sponsors to become involved.
“If anyone is interested in sponsoring prizes or would like to ‘buy a tee box’ for the event, you can contact Mieke on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will advise on the available opportunities.”