Sarah Wilson, PGA head professional at Bramford Golf Centre near Ipswich, and Susie Moore who runs Clare Park Lake golf course in West Suffolk, are organising an inaugural two-day Golf East Show at Trinity Park in Ipswich on 14 and 15 July.
It is aimed to attract golf club members from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire as well as non-club golfers and casual show visitors. There is an estimated audience of 7,500 to 10,000.
It will cost £10 for an adult (£7.50 for concessions). Those 16 and under can attend free with an adult. Unaccompanied under 16s will pay £5.
“The show should appeal to both the trade and the public with attractions for non-golfers making it a truly family event. It will be a showcase for professional golfers as well as for clubs to show what they can offer. With retailers on the full length driving range, in the fashion zone and in the general show area it will be golf retailing on a major scale. It has not been difficult attracting big names such as Mizuno, Wilson, Cleveland, Benross, Snake Eyes and Srixon,” said Sarah Wilson.
The event is supporting two charities, the Golf Foundation and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
A synthetic putting green, with experts on hand to advise, will enable golfers to try out a variety of putters. Information will be on hand on such topics as golf insurance, holiday breaks, measuring devices, training aids, and golf physiotherapy.
There will be a ‘sanctuary tent’ where non-golfers can enjoy spa and beauty treatment, check on health foods and have refreshments.
An added attraction, twice a day, will be a trick-shot show from Kevin Carpenter of Hintlesham who has recently been in India, Gambia and Bahrain as well as venues in England with his spectacular show that includes hitting golf balls while riding a unicycle. Kevin Carpenter will be taking his show to Bali at the end of this month.
Golf East Show www.golfeast.co.uk