2017 will see three world-class golf tournaments come to New Zealand including the first LPGA or PGA Tour event hosted in this country.
ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
Queenstown, 9 - 12 March, 2017
Teeing off early March 2017, the annual ISPS Handa New Zealand Golf Open will be played across two of Queenstown’s best golf courses, Millbrook Golf Resort and The Hills with the former as the premier host.
Millbrook Resort, set among 500 acres / 200 hectares of breathtaking beauty with 360-degree mountain views, provides luxury accommodation, exceptional restaurants and a 27-hole championship golf course which is co-hosting the BMW NZ Open.
The Hills sits in a picture-perfect setting of a glacial valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Not only one of the most dramatic golf courses in New Zealand, The Hills is also one of the most challenging. The venue is as much a destination for spectators as competitors and is lauded by those who have played it before.
Korea’s YE Yang will join the field at the 2017 event, a regular on the PGA European Tour and the first Asian-born male golfer to win a Major, the 2009 PGA Championship.
The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a NZ$1 million Tier One event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour. The 2017 event will be played in Queenstown at Millbrook Resort and The Hills on 9-12 March.
MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open
Auckland, 28 September - 1 October, 2017
The LPGA Tour will be heading to New Zealand in 2017 for the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, which will take place from 28 September to 1 October at the Windross Farm Golf Course in Ardmore, Auckland.
The tournament, boasting a purse of US$1.3 million, will mark the first LPGA or PGA Tour event to take place in New Zealand.
World No.1 Lydia Ko will return to her hometown of Auckland to compete and says she couldn’t be more excited to host her LPGA friends in New Zealand.
The new tournament will be played among panoramic landscapes just 45 minutes south of Auckland at Windross Farm, New Zealand’s newest golf course, designed by Brett Thomson and Phil Tataurangi. It is a superb addition to the North Island's golf courses and a facility that promises a special golfing experience.
Asia Pacific Amateur Championship – Wellington
26 – 29 October, 2017
The Royal Wellington Golf Club will host the prestigious Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in October 2017 which will be broadcast live around the world.
The tournament is supported by three Founding Partners: the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A. It is one of the largest tournaments of its type in the world, with the winner getting a place at the following year’s Masters and a spot in The Open Qualifying Series, the final stage to gain entry into The Open Championship.
The top 120 amateur players from the Asia-Pacific region will compete on the new-look Heretaunga Championship Course at the Royal Wellington Golf Club, one of only two Royal courses in New Zealand.
The parkland course is 35 minutes north of Wellington and features contoured fairways that are laced together by streams and lakes overlooked by native trees and bush.