RYDER Cup star Robert Karlsson jetted in from the USPGA to open St Ives Golf Club’s £8million new course on Monday.

RYDER Cup star Robert Karlsson jetted in from the USPGA to open St Ives Golf Club’s £8million new course on Monday.

The Swede, fresh from a finish in joint 16th place at the year’s final major, cut the ribbon at the club’s 18-hole inland links course on Needingworth Road.

He then led a golf clinic on the new driving range, next to the club’s 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 club’s 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 county’s 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.”