Sunday, 19 March 2017

Golf tourism on the rise in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND'S unique golf courses, many created within landscapes forged by nature are proving a draw card for international visitors.

Golf visitors are up a record 31% annually, with a 16% increase in average spend per visitor. It is estimated that over 61,000 international visitors played golf in #NewZealand last year contributing around $329 million to the economy.

And the world is taking notice, helped by the country securing a range of major international events that will give New Zealand’s course exposure the world over like never before.

2017 looks to be remembered as the year of #golf with major events taking place including the first Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour event to be held in New Zealand.

The MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open will take place at the end of September at the country’s newest course, Windross Farm in Ardmore.

The year of golf teed off last week with the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open at Queenstown’s renowned courses Millbrook Resort and The Hills. The tier one event is part of the Professional Golf Association Tour of Australasia.

Rounding off the year, the Royal Wellington Golf Club will host the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in October. The event will bring 120 top players from the Asia-Pacific region to the capital.

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