Golf club is on course to host top amateurs at The Amateur Championship at Nairn
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NAIRN Dunbar Golf Club is continuing with its preparations to co-host The Amateur Championship with Nairn Golf Club in June.
Both clubs are set to welcome the top 288 golfers in the world to the town from June 14-19.
Organisers The R&A have said they are confident that the tournament will be able to go ahead, despite being forced to postpone some of its events scheduled to take place early in 2021.
They included rearranging the Men’s Home Internationals, originally due to take place at Royal Dornoch in April to September, with them now having to look for a new venue.
Nairn Dunbar club manager Kieran Maclean said the course was continuing its progress to play host to one of the top amateur golf events in the world.
“Things are going good so far,” he said.
“We have been preparing the course for the past couple of years and getting it into a championship venue of what it is now.
“It has been an ongoing progression, as planning for the Amateur Championship, we are looking at the personnel that will be required.
“It takes a lot of manpower to run an event such as this, so we need to get some volunteers as well as our own members and figure out the initial steps of how many people we are going to need and where we are going to need them.”
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club will host the qualifying stages of the tournament, with Nairn Golf Club hosting the matchplay stages to determine the overall winner.
Maclean also hopes the competition will be in a position to welcome fans to the course to watch some of the action.
And he hopes it will prove a boost to the Nairn and Highland economy.
“We have started preparations and it will be a good boost for the town,” he said.
“Hopefully by June, restrictions will be light in what has been a hard year for every business, but hopefully the hospitality industry will receive a boost.
“The bars and restaurants will hopefully be back open and all hotels, self catering and B&B’S will kickstart their summer.”
The winner of the Amateur Championship will receive a place in The Open and the following year’s US Open.
Traditionally, the winner also receives an invitation to The Masters as a result of winning the Amateur Championship.