This week's NZPGA golf championship at the The Hills golf
course, near Arrowtown, is a ''must do'' event for all golf
and sports fans, as well families and food and wine lovers.
Aside from attracting golfing greats and amateur celebrities,
the NZPGA line-up over four days is jam-packed with
entertainment, live music, excellent food and wine and all
set at The Hills with its collection of art sculptures,
perfectly-manicured lawns and 360 degree views of the
When: Thursday to Sunday
Where: The Hills, McDonnell Rd, Arrowtown
Cost: Season pass $55 (all four days), or $20 a day
for Thursday and Friday, and $30 a day Saturday or Sunday.
Children aged 10 to 17 are $15 for Saturday only (free all
other days), and children under the age of 9 are free of
charge all days.
• Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz or on the
Time: Daily from 7.30am until early evening.
Designed by Darby Partners, the course was initially Michael
Hill's own private golf course. Set over 200ha of former deer
farm land close to Arrowtown, it is home to an incredible
array of flora including native brown top grasses and wild
native mountain tussocks.
Another special element of the course is a significant
sculpture park that links outdoor art pieces into the course
design, creating a magical playing environment.
The Hills has hosted three consecutive New Zealand Open
Championships since opening in 2007 and is now the home of
the NZ PGA Championship.
Three time US Open winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member
Hale Irwin; Australian Brendan Jones is the top ranked
player, defending champion Kiwi Michael Hendry. Peter
O'Malley, David Smail, Mark Brown and Phil Tataurangi return
to the competition along with Andrew Martin, Gareth
Paddinson, Ryan Fox, Nick Cullen, Kim Felton, Scott Strange,
Greg Turner and Richard Lee.
Five-time Japan Tour winner Toshi Muto also joins the field
alongside other Asian favourites Zhang Xinjun of China, Kang
Kyung-nam from Korea and Michael Tran from Vietnam.
Top amateurs: Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, World
Amateur No 1 Lydia Ko, rugby players All Black Justin
Wallabies Nick Farr-Jones and George Gregan, as well as
sports broadcaster and cricket legend Mark Richardson,
Olympic gold medalist Mahe Drysdale and Australian media
presenter Deborah Hutton.
Prize-money: For the 2013 tournament, the prize has
been increased by 20% from $500,000 to $600,000 - which moves
the tournament to Tier 1 status on the PGA Tour of
One hundred and forty-two professionals will tee up tomorrow
with the top 60 professionals (plus ties) making the cut on
the Friday progressing through to the weekend to play for the
NZ PGA Championship.
A field of 66 amateurs (friends, sponsors, celebrities) will
play a seeding tournament on Friday at Millbrook. Following
this each amateur will be placed with a professional and that
pair will play as a two-ball, best-ball team on the Saturday
and Sunday for the NZ PGA Championship pro-am title.
Thursday and Friday: From Queenstown the buses will
run every other hour from 9am until 5pm, with pick up in
Frankton. From The Hills buses will run every other hour from
10am until 6pm, with drop off in Frankton.
Saturday and Sunday: From Queenstown buses will run
every hour from 9am until 5pm. Additional buses at 6pm and
7pm for those wishing to attend the Jamie McDell concert.
From The Hills the buses will run every hour from 9.30am
until 6.30pm, additional buses will return from the concert
at 8pm, 8.30pm and 9pm.
Cost: $6 each way for buses - cash only, no booking
Parking: $10 per day at The Hills - cash only.
Bring: Hat, sunscreen, warm layers, raincoat, and flat
Set in a separate area, ''The 19th'' offers Central Otago
wine and food and fun activities for all on the menu. A
concert on Saturday is free of charge for ticket holders and
features with Auckland singer Jamie McDell and local band The
• Snag: Starting New At Golf (free). For children and rookie
adults, Snag uses modified golf equipment to teach entry
• Sculpture Tour (free). Access to Sir Michael Hill's
sculpture park and array of works, including The Wolves That
Came by Liu Ruowang and Schist Strata, by New Zealand artist
• First Tee (free). The charitable organisation is running
interactive chipping and putting games at their tent at The
19th for children and adults, with prizes on offer for the
duration of the tournament.
• Milford Track Guided Walk (free). Special walk to the 15th
tee - an area normally closed to the public. Inquire at the
Milford Track Guided Walk marquee.
• Extreme Golf. Over The Top helicopters will whisk guests to
its mountain-top Extreme Golf Tee. Guests lift off for a
birds eye view of the course to helicopter to the ultimate
golf experience )- having a mile high golf swing using the
latest drivers and eco balls followed by a glass of champagne
before returning to The Hills.
Food:Francesca Pizza, Waitiri Creek Pies, Wild Earth
Gourmet BBQ, Suma Sushi, Patagonia and Devil Burger.
Wine: Waitiri Creek, Amisfield, Northburn, Akarua,
Valli, Wild Earth and Gibbston Valley Wines
Bar: Two on-course bars - one at The 19th and the
other at the ''Party Hole'' 15th - sponsored by Moa Beer, an
award-winning Marlborough-based brewery that was recently the
official beer for New Zealand at the London Olympics. The
Party Hole at the 15th will also have a silent disco and Moa
Beer will be doing beer master classes and tastings in the
Spa: Custom built pavilion from eforea: Spa at Hilton
Sponsors: Brand New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Hilton
Queenstown, Michael Hill, Milford Track Guided Walk, Rebel
Sport, SkyCity, Westpac, Rebel Sport and Samsung.
Official Charities: The First Tee and Cure Kids
More information: www.pgachampionship.co.nz