Queenstown’s Rugby World Cup golf fix

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Rugby legends will play golf at Arrowtown mega-jeweller Sir Michael Hill’s course during the World Cup. 

They’ll play in two prestigious 72-player tournaments, which Hill is hosting on October 12 and 19. 

Legends include All Black greats Sean Fitzpatrick and Grant Fox plus former Scottish international Gavin Hastings. 

The trio, with Aucklander Lindsay Singleton – developer of Queenstown’s The Rees hotel – are directors of Little Black Box, which has got The Hills tournaments into Rugby World Cup packages for high net-worth individuals and corporates. 

The local organisers are ex-All Black coach Laurie Mains and wife Annemarie. 

“This is a great opportunity for Queenstown to showcase some of its very special facilities, and The Hills is clearly the leading light,” Laurie says. 

The Hills is also hosting the Four Nations Cup amateur golf champs from October 13-16 – Fox is likely to caddy for his son Ryan, a national golf rep. 

Meanwhile, RWC boss Martin Snedden – in town for last week’s tourism pow-wow Trenz – predicts Queenstown will benefit following the Christchurch quake. 

“Because of placement now – which has been deliberate – of three England matches in Dunedin, and because the size of the fan base following them, that means there’ll be a lot of visitors,” Snedden says. 

“I would be highly surprised if that didn’t have a positive flow-on effect for Queenstown.” 

Queenstowners can check out rugby coverage on a larger-than-life 3D screen in a demo truck at Remarkables Park Shopping Centre next Sunday and Monday, 10am-6pm. The Events Centre, like several other venues, will beam 3D coverage of the last four RWC games during October.