CLUB champions have started taking advantage of something new this season in free practice rounds for The Journal Champion of Champions, which this year is being played for the first time at Rockliffe Hall on Sunday, September 5.
The tournament is the 18-hole sprint classic of the regional season and every men’s club champion in Durham County and Northumberland is among the 100-plus field invited to play.
Club tournaments are being played on various dates from June right up until the weekend before The Champions.
Each winner is contacted through his club soon after he becomes champion. Then he can ring Rockliffe to arrange his practice round any time the course is free before tournament day.
If he chooses, a Champions player can book a half-price overnight stay at Rockliffe’s five-star hotel for himself and a partner or friend, for either the practice round or the tournament, or both.
The hotel has the Great British Menu-winning chef, Michelin-starred Kenny Atkinson, and they’ve installed one of the country’s largest spas, complete with hydrotherapy pool, tropicarium, caldarium and an igloo.
There are also special rates, both for playing and staying, for up to three other golfers to join a Champions player for his practice round.
Champions players receive free entry to the tournament and a voucher for a free two-course buffet lunch on the day.
Ian Knight, Rockliffe’s director of golf and events, said: “We are doing our utmost to to make every club, county and international golfer taking part feel as if he is competing in a professional tournament.”
FOR all you need to know about The Champions, including AA directions to Rockliffe, visit www.rockliffehall.com and click on golf then The Champions.