The Hills

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...

Fur flies again

New Zealand Golf's again being slammed for presenting a bogus Maori korowai cloak to last Sunday's winner of the NZ Open at Arrowtown's Millbrook Resort. Maori weavers last year criticised NZ Golf for presenting Aussie winner Zach Murray, at The...

Local golfer flying high

Queenstown pro golfer James Anstiss is flying high after jetting in from the United States, having qualified for the Latino America Mexico PGA Tour at the Mexico qualifying school tournament. Anstiss, 24, finished fourth, and 16 under par, scoring 69,...

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,...
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