A Ryder Cup winning captain will officially open a new pop up bar in Southport on Tuesday.
Paul McGinley led Europe to victory over America in the 2014 tournament – and famously holed a ten-foot putt on the 18th hole against Jim Furyk to win the trophy for Europe in 2002.
On Tuesday, at 6pm, he will officially open Southport’s newest 19th hole, with everyone in Southport invited.
The GolfPunk Clubhouse, next to Genting Casino and part of the Waterfront complex on The Promenade, will be open all this week, while The Open golf championship 2017 is played at Royal Birkdale.
The stylish new bar opened its doors earlier this evening, with the official opening taking place at 6pm on Tuesday, with free entry, and everyone welcome.
Visitors can try their hand at a golf target game in the central plaza area at the Waterfront, with prizes available including a golfing holiday.
The bar promises to be the best place to watch all the Open Golf championship action from Royal Birkdale, live on one of their 14 giant screens including two 84 inch screens, and leading the way in the apres – golf party scene.
The bar is hosted by GolfPunk magazine in association with Genting Casino and Bliss Hotels, which owns the Ramada Plaza Hotel.
Guests can enjoy fantastic views across the Marine Lake, and food, provided by Trattoria 51, served daily until 11pm,
An exciting schedule is planned with player appearances, live music and DJs throughout the week.
The GolfPunk Clubhouse will be open from midday until 2am each day.
Southport Ramada Plaza Hotel gneral manager Enda Rylands said: “Bliss Hotels are delighted to welcome Golf Punk to the Waterfront Southport just two weeks after acquiring the site.
“This promises to to be the first of many major new ventures for the Waterfront.
“We are looking forward to many more opportunities to showcase the Waterfront as a premier leisure and entertainment destination for the North West.”
A spokesman for GolfPunk said: “Following the huge success at the Open in Troon last year, GolfPunk, in association with Genting Casinos, are opening The GP Clubhouse to players, industry and public with another week celebrating the greatest game and the greatest championship of them all.
“Live golf coverage will be shown on giant plasma screens and guests can take on the GolfPunk Golf Nurse, Rachael McQueen, and show off their own skills on a GolfZon simulator with amazing prizes to be won.”
GolfPunk’s editor-in-chief Tim Southwell said: “We’ve had some great venues in the past but this is on a totally different level. Working with Genting we are creating the ultimate GolfPunk Clubhouse for this year’s Open.
“It’s going to be a brilliant week and we aim to ensure that the clubhouse is the must-attend après golf venue.
“Bunker Babes will be cruising the streets on Rolley electric trolleys; we’ve got a golf simulator, Golf Nurse Rachel McQueen, amazing prizes to be won and loads more stuff going on. See you there.”