“Golf in New Zealand is a huge attraction for people from around the world. They see the magnificent scenery and we have wonderful golf courses from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. People can come to New Zealand and play a great variety of golf courses from the likes of Kauri Cliffs to Cape Kidnappers to others such as Millbrook. New Zealand is a world-class golf destination.” Rt Honourable John Key – Prime Minister of New Zealand
Golf holds a special place in the life of many New Zealanders.
It is the highest participation sport in the country, with 482,000 Kiwis over the age of 18 playing the game. It ranks as the number one sport for men and the second highest sport for women. A total of 125,000 New Zealanders are affiliated to golf clubs around the country and all up around 7 million rounds of golf are played annually.
Golf is so popular because it is one of the most affordable sports in the country. Kiwis can play at top quality club courses for as little as $25 and membership is also very reasonable across New Zealand.
There are 393 golf clubs in New Zealand which places the country second in the world for the number of course per capita for the population of 4 million so getting on the tee is never a problem. Only Scotland with 543 courses for 5 million people has more golf courses per capita.
WORLD CLASS LAYOUTS
In the past 10 – 20 years the New Zealand landscape has evolved to become truly world-class.
With the likes of Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, Kinloch, Wairakei, Paraparaumu Beach, The Hills, Jack’s Point and Millbrook, New Zealand now boasts a golf offering of real international quality.
Lydia Ko, who has seen many of the best golfing destinations in the world, rates Queenstown which hosts the New Zealand Open Championship in Central Otago right up there with the best.
“I think Queenstown is the most beautiful place in New Zealand,” she said. “The environment is really special and it has a fun atmosphere. It’s cool walking around town with all the tourists from overseas.
“Some people might think that because I play it so much I get over it, but playing golf in Queenstown is a real experience. If you are a golfer, then you have to go down there to play all their best courses. It’s an amazing place to play.”
SUCCESS ON THE WORLD STAGE
As a nation, New Zealand has celebrated many great golfing moments on the world stage.
Most notably the moments of Sir Bob Charles winning the 1963 British Open, the NZ team winning the Eisenhower in 1992, Michael Campbell claiming the 2005 US Open, Danny Lee winning the US Amateur and the phenomenal success of Lydia Ko are etched into Kiwi sporting folklore.
They delivered moments that united the nation.
The achievements of Charles and Campbell were recognised in 2010 when they were inducted to the NZ Golf Hall of Fame at the Centenary of NZ Golf. Two years later legendary amateur Stuart Jones and Oliver Hollis were also added to the Hall of Fame.
Charles was also the first Kiwi golfer to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 2013 NZ Golf launched the LOVE Golf campaign led by golfing superstar Ko and Israel Dagg as the teenager made the long awaited decision to turn professional.
Ko and Dagg, who featured in the video, which attracted more than 110,000 views on YouTube and global media interest, and amputee golfer Marty Clark are the first of many LOVE Golf ambassadors of people from all walks of life.
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MEMBER GET MEMBER COMPETITION
New Zealand Golf is encouraging more Kiwis to get involved in the game that we love. In 2014, LOVE Golf is running a Member Get Member Competition.
The Member Get Member initiative is based on the club membership research which indicates that approximately eight out of 10 golfers join a club through a family member or friend.
All New Zealand Golf Club members who encourage new golfers to join their club will be in the draw to win the ultimate New Zealand Open experience in 2015 valued at over $10,000.
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