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Royal Canberra undecided about future tournaments

Royal Canberra is in a ''state of limbo'' on whether to host another elite tournament, despite holding what Golf Australia labelled ''one of the best ever'' Women's Australian Opens last year.

The prestigious golf club was considering redeveloping the 27-hole course and was ''not currently entertaining having any tournaments'', Royal Canberra general manager Andrew Casey said on the eve of this year's Open at Victoria Golf Club.

Before it hosted the Open as part of Canberra's centenary, Royal Canberra held the Ladies Classic as part of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf tour, but whether the club would look to reinstate that tournament in the future was also undecided.

''[We're] in a state of limbo. Obviously we had [the Open] last year and there's a cycle that goes with that,'' Casey said on Wednesday.

''We're not currently entertaining any tournaments, there's nothing on the horizon at this point in time. We're considering some improvements out on the golf course.''

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said Royal Canberra had proven itself as a ''terrific tournament venue'' and said they were keen to have more tournaments at the Yarralumla course given the success of last year's event.


The Australian Open will be in Melbourne again next year, but Pitt said Canberra would be considered again after that if it was available.

While Golf Australia didn't control the Ladies Classic, which was overseen by the ALPG, Pitt said it would be great to have that event back in the nation's capital as well.

''The [Open] we had there was a great event, one of the best we've ever had,'' Pitt said.

''I think Canberra's proved itself in the past as a really good venue for golf events.

''We'd love to see an event of some description [in Canberra] and I do believe the ALPG are keen to see an event in Canberra and keen to see the Ladies Classic come on to the schedule again.''

ALPG executive director Karen Lunn said they'd love to hold another tournament at Royal Canberra, but said the continued uncertainty meant they might have to look at other ACT golf courses instead.

''You have some great golf courses around the area,'' Lunn said.

''Federal is a really good golf course and I know they spent some money out there and I believe the course is fantastic.

''Gungahlin Lakes [is another option], so I think there's definitely other options, but personally I'd love to see us come back to Royal Canberra because it's one of the nicest golf courses we have in Australia.''