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Top 25: The Hills' par 3 Farm couse has been named in the world's top 25 of its kind

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 expert rating panel says The Farm course sits on ‘‘dramatic land which provides scintillating views of Queenstown’’ and is ‘‘brilliantly routed to follow the water race’’.

‘‘The holes are eminently playable with extensive teeing areas providing extensive options regardless of ability,’’ the panel says.

‘‘An epic set of greens are punctuated by the natural double green on 1 and 8, which
is the biggest putting surface in the southern hemisphere.’’

Golf Magazine’s first look at par 3 courses was compiled by its 88-member Top 100 ranking
panel, editors, architects and short-course aficionados.

Its list also includes one of the US’ most famous courses, Augusta.

The Hills plans to do a proper ranking soon — golfing legend Sir Bob Charles is confident it’ll gain a high one.

‘‘Augusta is a special place but the pretty par 3 course is like firing darts at the green
because if you hit the green the ball will end up near the hole.

‘‘Whereas The Farm course is a real test of golf with so much variety and choice of shot required, making it a real challenge.’’

Sir Michael’s stoked.

‘‘When you think of the wonderful land form and the gifted architect Darius Oliver, it was a recipe for success.

‘‘In some ways it is a vindication of all the work and that the course was formed, developed and completed by the team here at The Hills, led by our general manager Brendan Allen.’’

ed@scene.co.nz