2018 Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic

START DATE: 09 Apr 2018
END DATE: 13 Apr 2018
Central Otago
Tournament Entry from NZD$365 pp
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Play in New Zealand's largest 5-course golf tournament

From the Central Otago golf clubs of Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra, and Arrowtown – we welcome you to The 2018 Mount Michael Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic. PaR nz Golfing Holidays have been appointed the tournament promoters and directors of this very successful tournament, which in 2018, will be the 10th anniversary.

The 2018 Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic will be held from Monday 9th April to Friday 13th April 2018 playing 5 rounds across the various golf courses.  Men and women of all ages, within the maximum handicap levels, (men 32 / women 36), are welcome to enter. 

The competition format is individual stableford, played over 5 rounds with daily and overall prizes for both men and women. The field will be limited to 448 golfers confirmed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The competition also includes a teams event (4 golfers), with the team score being the cumulative total of all players, based on five rounds of stableford.  

Tournament inclusions

  • Tournament entry to The 2018 Mount Michael Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic @ NZD$365 per person
  • Five (5) rounds of golf at five (5) courses
    1. Alexandra Golf Club
    2. Arrowtown Golf Club
    3. Cromwell Golf Club
    4. Queenstown Golf Club
    5. Wanaka Golf Club
  • Welcome ‘drop-in Wine & Cheese Tasting’ presented by Mount Michael Wines on Sunday 8 April 2018
  • Welcome morning tea at your host club on Monday 9 April 2018
  • Farewell Prize Giving Function with canapes’, in Queenstown on Friday 13 April 2018
  • Extensive prize list including
    • Daily fun prizes
    • Long drives
    • Closest to the pins
    • Daily individual winners
    • Final overall team and individual prize table

The Central Otago 5 courses

Alexandra - www.alexandragolf.co.nz

Despite a small membership base, this club is widely known for its consistently well-presented course. The club has a long and proud tradition of improvement and voluntary effort. Formed more than 110 years ago on a nearby site before moving 50 years ago to today’s course, it was created on sandy desert soils near the mighty Clutha River.

The narrow fairways make the 18-hole course unexpectedly tight and difficult, and an additional challenge is presented by native grasses growing in the rough. An ornamental pond and sculptures are a welcome sight for tired players on the final hole. Golfers with a sense of adventure might enjoy riverboat cruises, or explore the rail trail and local wineries after play.

Arrowtown - www.arrowtowngolf.co.nz

Arrowtown Golf Club’s course is set in rolling hills on the outskirts of a historic gold-mining town. Formed along the Arrow River below the Crown Range, players almost always have clear views of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables during autumn.

Soon after members completed a major environmental redevelopment, the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association awarded the club its 2012 environment award. The project involved removing wilding trees and broom and re-establishing matagouri among schist outcrops.

The shortest course in the Autumn Classic stable, big-hitters must weigh up risks and rewards on many holes. The 18th, for example, calls for a blind shot over a hill to a fairway sloping towards a pond. Good luck with that.

Cromwell - www.cromwellgolf.co.nz

Like its Clutha River neighbour at Alexandra, Cromwell Golf Club is also more than 100 years old. It hit its stride in the late-1970s when construction workers for the Clyde Dam and hydro-electricity projects boosted membership.

The championship course was formed over terrain modified by years of gold mining activity and with its strategic plantings of marram grass, it resembles a coastal course though it is 200km from the sea.  

With design input from professional Greg Turner, who has played the course since he was a child, the million-dollar development work done in 2010-12 made the course even more challenging and interesting. The innovative club routinely hosts the annual New Zealand Open Qualifier tournament. The Cromwell basin is in the heart of the fruit-growing country and is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing wine regions.

Queenstown - www.queenstowngolf.co.nz

The Kelvin Heights peninsula, home to the picturesque Queenstown Golf Club, often features in classic Queenstown postcard images taken from the gondola at Bob’s Peak. The course is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu and framed by the Remarkables mountain range, which makes it hard to keep your head down. Golfers are afforded amazing views of mountains and shimmering alpine waters at every tee and green.

 ‘Signature hole’ takes on a whole new meaning at this extraordinary course – the fourth, fifth, ninth, 10th, 14th and 17th could be signature holes on any course. If you had to choose, it probably would be the par-four fifth that curves left around the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to an elevated green. Compare scenic photographs from any New Zealand golf course, and some of the best will be taken from here.

Driving line is key on this hole, as an over-aggressive line combined with a mistimed drive will see you end up in ‘the drink’. However, the hole sets up for a right-to-left shaped drive which will carve yardage off your approach shot. With a proud and loyal membership base, the club has a long history and welcomes visitors year-round.

Wanaka - www.wanakagolf.co.nz

The award-winning Wanaka Golf Club is one of the largest in the Otago-Southland region and is set to host the popular New Zealand Mixed Foursomes for the third time this year. Like most of the scenic courses involved in the Autumn Classic, Wanaka began as a nine-hole course created in a rugged landscape. Formed in 1922 at another location, the present course is nestled above the Wanaka township in the heart of the Queenstown Lakes region.

Players negotiating the front-nine have views over the township to Lake Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring National Park. The back-nine has more of a parkland feel with tree-lined fairways and views of Mt Iron, Mt Gold and the Cardrona Valley. A challenging layout following natural contours in addition to small greens makes the Wanaka course one to be remembered for more than its imposing scenery. 

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  • Tournament accommodation packages at the Copthorne Hotel Lakefront Queenstown
  • Special rates from NZ$135 pp / night available for 6 nights from Sunday 8th - Saturday 14th April 2018
  • Choice of Superior or Superior Lake View Rooms with breakfast daily
  • Location base for transfers by coach to the golf courses each day
  • Special deal only available booking through PaR nz Golfing Holidays

2018 Programme

Monday 9 April 2018

  • 8.00am BUS DEPARTS COPTHORNE HOTEL FOR ALEXANDRA GOLF CLUB
  • Approx. 75 minutes travel time
  • 9.00am Registration continues at each golf club
  • Clubhouses open for morning tea on Day 1 (included)
  • 10.15am Welcome at each club & Tournament briefing
  • Field to be split into four even groups for each course / Play rotation around the various courses
  • 11.00am Semi-Shot gun start (Field maximum 112 golfers at any course)
  • Alexandra Golf Club / Arrowtown Golf Club / Queenstown Golf Club / Wanaka Golf Club / No play Cromwell today
  • Post round food and beverage in the clubhouse (own care) followed by daily prize giving
  • 5.30pm BUS RETURNS TO COPTHORNE HOTEL

Tuesday 10th April 2018

  • 8.30am BUS DEPARTS COPTHORNE HOTEL FOR ARROWTOWN GOLF CLUB
  • Approx. 30 minutes travel time
  • 10.00am Semi-Shot gun start (Field maximum 112 golfers at any
  • Alexandra Golf Club / Arrowtown Golf Club / Queenstown Golf Club / Cromwell Golf Club / No play Wanaka today
  • Post round food and beverage in the clubhouse (own care) followed by daily prize giving
  • 4.30pm BUS RETURNS TO COPTHORNE HOTEL

Wednesday 11th April 2018

  • 7.30am BUS DEPARTS COPTHORNE FOR WANAKA GOLF CLUB
  • Approx. 75 minutes travel time
  • 10.00am Semi-Shot gun start (Field maximum 112 golfers at any course)
  • Alexandra Golf Club / Cromwell Golf Club / Queenstown Golf Club / Wanaka Golf Club / No play Arrowtown today
  • Post round food and beverage in the clubhouse (own care) followed by daily prize giving
  • 4.30pm BUS RETURNS TO COPTHORNE HOTEL

Thursday 12th April 2018

  • 8.00am BUS DEPARTS COPTHORNE HOTEL FOR CROMWELL GOLF CLUB
  • Approx. 60 minutes travel time
  • 10.00am Semi-Shot gun start (Field maximum 112 golfers at any course)
  • Alexandra Golf Club / Cromwell Golf Club / Cromwell Golf Club / Wanaka Golf Club / No play Queenstown today
  • Post round food and beverage in the clubhouse (own care) followed by daily prize giving
  • 4.30pm BUS RETURNS TO COPTHORNE HOTEL

 Friday 13th April 2018

    • 7.30am BUS DEPARTS COPTHORNE HOTEL FOR QUEENSTOWN GOLF CLUB
    • Approx. 30 minutes travel time
    • 9.00am Semi-Shot gun start (Field maximum 112 golfers at any course)
    • Cromwell Golf Club / Cromwell Golf Club / Queenstown Golf Club / Wanaka Golf Club / No play Alexandra today
    • Post round food and beverage in the clubhouse (own care)
    • 3.30pm BUS RETURNS TO COPTHORNE HOTEL
    • 5.00pm - 7.00pm Farewell Prize giving Function (full details on the Queenstown venue and transport schedules to be advised)

 

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