It’s golf, Jim, but not as we know it.
Queenstown’s big pro-am golf tournament – the New Zealand PGA Championship, which kicks off next Thursday – has some startling new attractions.
Organisers have beefed up the so-called Party Hole entertainment at the 15th on The Hills’ course – a Moa bar area will have a silent disco, plus specials like free drinks for an hour if any player aces the hole.
Separately, a new Tussock Bar at the 19th wine, food and stalls area will feature a sand bunker beach party with cocktail service, craft beer master-classes, a sit-down lunch and unlimited booze during the Saturday or Sunday for those who pay the $125 ticket price.
It includes entry to The Hills and prime viewing of the Saturday night concert featuring Jamie McDell and The Lynch Mob.
Separately, Over the Top helicopters is offering extreme golf trips for those wanting to blast a ball from an alpine tee and knock back a champagne afterwards.
That’s not to mention the stunning array of sculptures dotted around The Hills course, including owner Sir Michael Hill’s new The Wolves are Coming installation imported from China.
Oh, and if you’re interested in a bit of golf, the cream of Asian and Australasian pros will be lining up alongside invited celebrity amateurs like great English cricket all-rounder Sir Ian Botham and 15-year-old Kiwi golf sensation Lydia Ko.