THE Mt Xavier Pro Am golf tournament will come two weeks earlier this year.
The event will be held on October 7 this year in a bid to attract more golf professionals.
The inaugural Pro Am at the course, held last year on October 21 and rated an unqualified success by organisers, clashed with another professional golfing tournament, prompting this year's shift.
"We were given a couple of dates by Golf Victoria around that time and that best suited us," Mt Xavier president Stephen Jones said.
"Coming out of winter into spring, that was when we thought the course would be in peak condition.
"We also thought we'd get more professionals than last year because it won't clash with anything. Last year's tournament clashed with the Western Australian Open.
"We've made more improvements to the course. We've removed a heap of dangerous trees and re-sown a couple of fairways. It is something that hasn't happened all that often in the past."
The Mt Xavier Pro Am is already regarded as the club and course's premier event of the year.
Last year's winning score was two under par 68 by Toby Wilcox. Jones predicts with the improvements a score of 66 might be needed to take out the event.
Mt Xavier is still seeking sponsors for this year's tournament.