golf

Hills ProAm on course

By NEVILLE IDOUR For the first time the annual Hills Invitational ProAm, being played next month at Sir Michael Hill’s Arrowtown course, will be a PGA-sanctioned event. Scheduled for December 19 and 20, tournament director Craig Palmer — The Hills’ director...

NZ Open in the can

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The last time the New Zealand Open was cancelled was in wartime. Tournament director Michael Glading says, ironically, Covid-19 — which has now forced the cancellation of the 2021 Open, to have been played at Millbrook Resort and...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With international borders shut, Queenstown’s tourism promo organisation’s this Sunday launching its biggest-ever push for Kiwi visitors. Destination Queenstown’s running a 10-week spring/summer domestic campaign that includes prime-time TV ads and big billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. It’s being...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The head teaching pro at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort last Thursday stunned a very competitive field at the Marlborough Pro-Am, near Blenheim, to win by two shots. Ben Gallie, 41, headed off 51 other pros including Michael Hendry, Josh...

Much-loved character dies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown lost a well-loved character with the passing this month of Warwick Stalker, aged 74. Sociable and generous-hearted, he was the driving force for most of his adult life behind heating, ventilation and air conditioning business, RHE Mechanical...

A soldier’s century

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Alex McBurney has been to war, raised a family, and lived the Kiwi good life even shaken hands with royalty. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, he turned 100 on Saturday. Still living in...
By HUGH COLLINS A Queenstown lawyer's establishing a golfing society as a way of supporting regional clubs in the Covid-19 era. The Wombles, founded by Steve Brent, draws inspiration from the '80s TV show of the same name, and aims to...

Lockdown hole in one

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown golfer Kerry Harper's scored what's surely a rare claim to fame - a lockdown hole-in-one. With golf still in the grip of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last Saturday, including a raised cup in place of the normal...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A legend in local real estate, skiing and golfing circles, Queenstowner Doug Brown, who died last week aged 92, is also being remembered as a gentleman and a great family man. He's survived by sons Nigel, Derek, Maurice...
By NEVILLE IDOUR New Zealand golfing legend Sir Bob Charles wants to see the NZ Women's Open on Wakatipu's greens. Charles tells Mountain Scene while the annual men's NZ Open's been extraordinarily successful, "I think we are not doing enough for...

Evergreen Brown to the fore

A New Zealand golf pro pocketed a cool $10,000 last weekend after winning the 2020 Hills Invitation Golf ProAm, played at The Hills in Arrowtown. Mark Brown, of Mt Maunganui, considers himself an "oldie" in the twilight of his career,...

On par for new resort course

Millbrook Resort has heeded the old adage, 'Go West, young man', for its latest development. Philip Chandler takes stock of the golf resort's Mill Farm extension, about 30 years after it originally broke ground Work on shaping a spectacular $50 million, 67-hectare,...
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