The Hills golf course map.
Organisers of the 2013 NZ PGA have put just about as much
effort into the entertainment side of things as they have the
The popular 19th has moved from last year's tournament and
director Michael Glading says it will be much more that just
a beer at the clubhouse.
Entertainment this year will include a Saturday night concert
featuring up-and-coming Kiwi artist Jamie McDell and local
favourites the Lynch Mob.
Tournament operations and marketing rep Michael Goldstein
said the aim was to secure the future of the tournament by
attracting as many spectators as possible.
This would mean getting local support for the golf as well as
stirring up enthusiasm for the event as a package.
''We need this to become an event with local support. We need
atmosphere. We are trying to take things up a notch from last
Mr Goldstein said the Government was looking at investing in
the tournament for years to come, but this would depend on
the tournament's success in its second year.
Organisers are hoping for a bigger crowd than last year, not
purely for revenue, but to build on its appeal.
This year, the 19th will be sited on the members' driving
range. Operating for all four days of the tournament, it will
feature wine from Waitiri Creek, Amisfield, Northburn,
Akarua, Valli, Wild Earth and Gibbston Valley Wines,
complementing food from Francesca Pizza, Waitiri Creek Pies,
Wild Earth Gourmet BBQ and Devil Burger. Two on-course bars -
one at the 19th and the other at the ''party hole'' on the
15th - will be sponsored by Marlborough-based Moa Beer.
Mr Glading said that 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 on the local summer calendar in its own
''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.
''It's a hugely attractive day or two out for visitors or
locals who don't necessarily watch or participate in golf,
and our aim is to see the NZ PGA Championship feature right
up there with the best of the all-day sporting events, and
the best of the region's food and wine festivals over
• $55 for all four days.
• $20 a day for Thursday and Friday.
• $30 a day Saturday or Sunday.
• Children aged 10 to 17 are $15 for Saturday only (free all
• Youngsters under 10 are free of charge.
• Entry to the 19th, all stalls and tents and the music
concert is free to ticket-holders.