Britain’s largest amateur golf tournament, the Matchplay Championship, announced this week it will be hosting its 2010-11 Grand Final at The Els Club, Dubai.

The venue is a major coup for the prestigious tournament which was launched in 2003 giving all golfers the chance to win a trip of a lifetime and have their progress followed by the Sky Sports cameras.

“We’re delighted to be able host the 2010-11 Matchplay Championship at such a superb course as The Els Club. It makes the tournament even more attractive for keen golfers everywhere,” said John Woosey, managing director of The Golfers Club which promotes the Matchplay Championship.

Entries are now open for the 2010-11 tournament which takes place on May 7-14, 2011, at the stunning course designed by Ernie Els, winner of a record seven World Matchplay titles.

They have until June 30 to enter and will then take part in regional qualifier rounds before a North and South regional final. In all 36 finalists will make it to the Dubai Grand Final.

Each finalist will be given flights to Dubai, a practice fourball round, seven nights’ accommodation at the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and a lavish prize-giving gala dinner.

The North and South regional finals take place in March and April this year with a grand final at Taba Heights Golf Resort in Egypt from May 8.  

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