The Par 3 event will also be the first time Sir Michael Hill’s brand-new Par 3 course will be played by anyone other than a few Hills members. A private property, this represents a unique opportunity for the public to see this world-class and very exciting course.
“The day will see all of the past New Zealand Open champions compete in what will undoubtedly be a fun day,” says Tournament Director Michael Glading.
“We have decided to open the gates and allow the public to come in at no charge and enjoy this special occasion at a very special venue.”
15 past champions are now confirmed to play and include Kiwi icons Sir Bob Charles, Michael Campbell, Greg Turner
The Par 3 day represents the first opportunity to reflect on the great competition, careers, players
Sir Michael Hill’s support of the New Zealand Open over many years is well-known and his vision in building a unique and challenging brand-new Par 3 layout further illustrates this.
“We are thrilled to be involved in this way with the 100th New Zealand Open,” says Sir Michael, adding that he is immensely proud of his new course: “Of all of my lifetime goals, the building and construction of my Par 3 course, The Farm, stands alone as possibly my finest achievement.”
“To host the first ever Par 3 event in this country is a huge
The New Zealand Par 3 will be loosely based around that seen at the US Masters, where it’s been around for half a century. It will involve everyone from past champions, sponsors, golfing VIPs, tournament ambassadors and a few select amateur players from the Pro-Am.
“It’s also about giving the children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, wives and girlfriends the opportunity to get involved, act as caddies and be part of the celebrations,” says Glading.
There are now only 20 days until the 100th New Zealand Open and events like the inaugural Par 3 are only set to increase the excitement.
“We wanted an event where everyone could get involved. It will be part competition, part stress-relief on the eve of the Open but ultimately a fun affair – something that we can share with the public of New Zealand.”