New Zealand teenage singer Jamie McDell at The Hills last year. She will perform at the PGA Championship concert in March. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
Dubbed the ''19th hole'', the centrepiece of The Hills PGA
Championship is shaping up to be as entertaining as the golf
Headline musicians, Central Otago wine and food and
activities are on the menu at the PGA and tournament director
Michael Glading said this year they will ''up the ante''.
''We trialled `the 19th' last year, and taking on board what
we learned from that we've moved it to a fantastic new
location, and have very much upped the ante of the
traditional 19th, so it's no longer just a beer at the
clubhouse for players.''
''It will be an entertainment attraction in its own right,
providing a relaxing and enjoyable family-friendly area in
the perfect location on the course, with plenty of space to
sit back and enjoy the scenery and plenty to do.''
The championship runs from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday,
New attractions will be Queenstown's Over The Top helicopters
taking guests to a mountaintop extreme golf tee as well as
award-winning wine from Otago vineyards. The 19th will be
sited on the members' driving range, right in the middle of
Two on-course bars - one at the 19th and the other at the
''party hole'' 15th - will also be an attraction for
The tournament this year will host a Saturday night open-air
concert featuring up-and-coming Kiwi singer-songwriter Jamie
McDell and Arrowtown band the Lynch Mob.
Organisers are placing more emphasis this year on
entertainment alongside the golf. Mr Glading said, while play
from top-notch golf professionals and celebrities would be
the major drawcard for many, there was also a focus on making
''the 19th'' a ''must-attend'' event in its own right.
''The combination of beautiful late summer weather, a
stunning location, great sporting action, the opportunity to
wander the course and admire Sir Michael Hill's amazing
sculpture collection, the 19th, music, food and wine has to
be a winning combination.''
Tickets cost $55 for the four days, or $20 a day for Thursday
and Friday, and $30 a day Saturday or Sunday. Children aged
10 to 17 years enter for $15 on Saturday only (free all other
days) and under 10-year-olds enter free.