The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that In The Rough, the exhibition industry’s annual charity golf tournament, will be held at Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, on 19 July 2018.
In The Rough has been organised and staged by ESSA every year since its inception in 2008. It has previously been held at championship courses at The Belfry and Forest of Arden.
This next edition will see professionals from across the industry battling it out on Celtic Manor Resort’s Twenty Ten Course, the first course purpose built specifically for the Ryder Cup.
ESSA director Andrew Harrison commented: “With every edition of In The Rough, we want to make it bigger, better or both. We chose The Celtic Manor based on the amazing facilities and experience it offers, including the world famous 2010 Ryder Cup course that all of players will have the chance to take on.
“Going on previous events, team places tend to get snapped up very quickly, in fact, it had sold out before we had even officially launched in 2017, so I’d advise anyone interested in joining us for In The Rough 2018 to contact ESSA immediately and get booked in!”
The Twenty Ten course features 7,500 yards of fairways and greens, nine water hazards, six signature holes and ‘a sting in the tail’ at the 18th for competing teams comprised of suppliers, venues and organisers.
After the golf, teams and their guests will be invited to an evening of informal networking and drinks, followed by the traditional gala dinner, featuring collections for the event’s chosen charities (yet to be confirmed) and a prizegiving for the winners of the day’s individual and team awards.
“In previous years we’ve had incredibly imaginative and fun ideas from tee sponsors from archery competitions to ice-cream vans,” explained Harrison. “We’re keen to continue this tradition. In the past tee sponsorship opportunities have been snapped up very quickly, so as with team places, I’d advise anyone interested to get in touch with ESSA as soon as possible.”
In The Rough 2018 will be supported by headline sponsor BeMatrix, and event partners Mash Media, InEvexco, Jungheinrich Materials Handling and Perton Signs. ESSA is also actively seeking tee sponsors.