The Hills

By PHILIP CHANDLER It took three decades, but Queenstown golfer Steve Brent finally tasted the spoils of victory at The Hills last month. The 48-year-old, whose handicap is three-and-a-half, won his first senior championship in 31 years at Sir Michael Hill’s...

Golf courses lose kingpins

By PHILIP CHANDLER Long-time bosses at two high-end Arrowtown golf courses both pulled pin last month. The Hills general manager Brendan Allen has resigned along with Millbrook Resort’s finance director Brian Spicer. Allen, who couldn’t be contacted, joined The Hills as course...

Tyro pros’ challenge

By NEVILLE IDOUR Three Queenstown trainee golf pros are facing their biggest challenge of the year this weekend. The 2020 Titleist Trainee Golf Champs are being held at the Queenstown (Kelvin Heights) and Arrowtown clubs, with a total purse of $10,000...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s hosting New Zealand’s greatest ever pianist at his Lodge at The Hills next Thursday. Michael Houstoun, a distinguished professional musician for almost 50 years, performs just 16 days after the same venue thrilled to...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...

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...

Short course’s elite company

By NEVILLE IDOUR Sir Michael Hill’s ‘‘over the moon’’ his par 3 Farm course at Arrowtown’s The Hills has been named one of the top 25 of its kind in the world by America’s Golf Magazine. Designed by Darius Oliver, the...

NZOpen on course, for now

By MATTHEW MCKEW A decision on whether to go ahead with next year’s New Zealand Open golf tourney will be made as late as possible, the tournament director says. But Michael Glading admits it’s highly unlikely the annual February event will...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Former All Black rugby star Israel ‘Izzy’ Dagg’s hosting a Queenstown golf tournament to promote both golf and domestic tourism. ‘Dagg’s Queenstown Open’ is running in conjunction with All Blacks Tours over the weekend of September 19/20, with a...

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 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...
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