RYDER Cup star Robert Karlsson jetted in from the USPGA to open St Ives Golf Clubs £8million new course on Monday. The Swede, fresh from a finish in joint 16th place at the years final major, cut the ribbon at the clubs 18-hole inland links course on Needingworth Road. He then led a golf clinic on the new driving range, next to the clubs Titleist National Fitting Centre, and played a five-hole exhibition round with three club members. I wish you all the best and hope that the new club will work out well for you, he told a crowd of members. Club president Philip Casey said that members, who have been playing the course since May 1, were enjoying the change from the nine-hole course which had been the clubs home for 83 years. The course is settling down nicely and the members are very happy with it. We hope that within a few years, as the course matures, we will have the countys premier course at St Ives Golf Club. Our ambition is that as an inland links-style course, we could one day host the qualifying competition for The Open.