New Era for NZ Golf Open
Jeweller Michael Hill’s private golf club has been unveiled as the NZ Open venue for the next three years. Designed by landscape architect John Darby, the Hills Golf Club covers 202 hectares of land in Arrowtown, just out of Queenstown. “In my opinion it’s in the top five [courses] in New Zealand,” said golfing legend Sir Bob Charles who, along with Phil Tataurangi, Greg Turner and Michael Campbell, is one of the few to have played the course so far. NZ Golf has handed over the financial risk or reward of this year’s event to Australian promoter Tuohy Associates NZ. The tournament will be held from 29 November to 2 December, with NZ No.1 Michael Campbell on board as its official ambassador.