PGA provides chance to view sculpture on private course

Sculpture Kelp, by artist Mark Hill, is one of more than a dozen cast iron and stainless steel works of art open for public display at The Hills golf course while the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship runs. Photo Supplied
Sculpture Kelp, by artist Mark Hill, is one of more than a dozen cast iron and stainless steel works of art open for public display at The Hills golf course while the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship runs. Photo Supplied
A rare chance for the public to admire the sculptures dotted around The Hills is another welcome dividend from having the exclusive course near Arrowtown host the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship from tomorrow.

Cast iron, stainless steel and fibreglass art by Max Patte, Kon Dimopoulos, Grant Williams, Paul Dibble, Grant Palliser, Chris Booth, Hanna Kidd and Mark Hill grace the fairways and can be viewed by the public paying for a $20 day pass.

Arrowtown sculptor-artist Hill, son of course owner Sir Michael Hill, said yesterday the course was usually members-only and he did not know of another course which included art between the bunkers.

"We're trying to develop it as an outdoor gallery alongside the golf course.

"With myself being a sculptor-artist and Michael an avid collector, as the course developed, we've added at least a piece a year to add to the collection.

"I really like the simplicity of the course for display and also its dramatic landscape and art work needs to be a part of it."

The 202ha private course was designed by Darby Partners. It opened in 2007 and hosted the New Zealand Open from 2008-10.