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Former Kiwi golf pro, Arrowtowner Greg Turner, owes much to recently-deceased Aussie golfing legend Peter Thomson. Twenty years ago, as non-playing captain of the International team, Thomson picked Turner and fellow Kiwi pro Frank Nobilo as his wildcard selections to...

Golf course tees off

Planning is in full swing for a $30 million world-class golf resort near Arrowtown. Hogans Gully Farm Ltd has applied for resource consent for an 18-hole championship course, clubhouse, practice facility and 96 homes on a 132-hectare plot bordered by...

Clubhouse revamp above par

The clubhouse at Queenstown Golf Club's iconic Kelvin Heights course is sporting a flash new shopfront. Following a $650,000 building project, there's a new pro shop with a general manager's office attached, a new lobby entrance to the clubhouse and...
Two pint-sized aces of Queenstown's golf scene have returned from the United States with tales of tournaments, new friends and, of course, Disneyland. Earlier this month, Wakatipu Juniors Noah Novacek, 9, and Josh Harris, 8, played the US Kids Golf...
Imagine designing a golf course when you've made your name critiquing and even slamming other courses around the world. Meet influential Planet Golf author Darius Oliver. He's in town this week designing The Hills Farm Short Course – a nine-hole, par-three course...
Queenstown pro golfer Ben Campbell heads to Japan next Saturday as a reward for his stellar finish at March's New Zealand Open. The former world no.6 amateur turned heads at the Open when he shot an opening-round course record 61 at Arrowtown's...
The Hill family trust their superintendent so much they've made him the boss. Neville Idour speaks to the man running one of  the country's most exclusive golf courses Moving his family from Auckland to Queenstown has been a great career move,...

Hush-hush cop op

A police security operation for the visit of a major political figure to Queenstown this weekend is expected to swing into action tomorrow after months of hush-hush preparation. Several well-placed sources have told the Otago Daily Times the operation to...
It came down to a shootout and Michael Hendry didn't blink. Hendry claimed the New Zealand Open at Millbrook yesterday by parring the first playoff hole. Hendry, a former national age-group cricketer, hit his tee shot on the first playoff hole,...
Golf heads might have been scratched when the New Zealand Open announced a deal with the Japan Tour in 2013. But the strategy's working, tournament boss Michael Glading tells David Williams People are getting it, Michael Glading says, and last year's New Zealand...

Pros rekindle rivalry

There's a competition within a $1 million competition at this week's NZ Open golf tournament near Arrowtown. As the event's final rounds move from The Hills to Millbrook Resort, Millbrook pro Peter Smith and his counterpart Craig Palmer, from The Hills,...

Young gun shoots for big-time

A rising star of Queenstown's golf scene is getting the chance to perform on the world stage. Noah Novacek, who's nine, swept the Auckland series of US Kids Golf tournaments for his age group, winning seven of eight tournaments, earning...
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