‘Beefy’ Botham loving Queenstown


English cricket living legend Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham says Queenstown is the one other place in the world he’d live. 

The former Test team captain tees-off in the NZ PGA at The Hills in Arrowtown on Saturday. 

The tournament, which coincides with England’s warm up four-day match against New Zealand A at the Events Centre, has given the renowned all-rounder a chance to rekindle his love for the resort 

“If there was anywhere else in the world I would live it would be here, in this town, Queenstown,” Botham says. 

“I’ve been here a lot, I love it. 

“It’s got everything – the seasons, skiing, winter sports, summer sports and a few wineries. Amisfield is one of the great pinots.” 

Botham – who took 383 Test wickets and scored 14 centuries during his professional career – toured New Zealand with England in 1983. 

The celebrated charity worker, who is commentating on the current England tour, is no stranger either to the resort’s golf courses and plays off a nine handicap. 

“I actually did alright last time here [The Hills], I shot 76 I think. I’ve played here, Mill-brook, Arrowtown – which is a quirky little course, risk and reward, mainly risk in my case. 

“It’s a great format. Saturday and Sunday will be a lot of fun,” Botham says.