A sense of anticipation and excitement is building towards the start of the 2014 NZ Open in Queenstown next week, with the increased ‘entertainment factor’ offering huge appeal to ‘non-golfer’ audiences.
The 2014 New Zealand Open tournament will be held at The Hills and Millbrook Resort Golf Clubs next week from February 27 to March 2.
Building on the success of previous years, ‘The 19th’ will have a dazzling array of complimentary entertainment, food, wine and other activities making it a cool destination in its own right.
Tournament director Michael Glading said, ‘The 19th” offered a social, friendly and relaxed opportunity for people to gather in "a stunning and spectacular environment" to enjoy the best of Kiwi music, food and wine.
"For non-golfers and families both 'The 19th’ and the 'Party Hole' provide great entertainment worth coming out to The Hills for," said Mr Glading.
The 19th Bar will be a lively space with a great atmosphere, a range of wine and beer on offer, plenty of seats and shade and a series of live acoustic musicians playing throughout the four days.
Tournament organisers have also just announced that the Sweet Mix Kids, New Zealand's ‘cool, eclectic and electric DJ act’ will entertain crowds at ‘The 19th’ on Saturday from 12.30-2.30pm.
Playing live drums and mixing all genres and styles of music, and renowned for their over-the-top fashion sense, the Sweet Mix Kids have played at top clubs, parties and festivals in New Zealand and abroad.
Their blend of electronic, funk, and soul will certainly get the crowds ready for the evening’s entertainment and the Open Sounds presented by Amisfield concert held Saturday evening.
The Professional Golfers Association of NZ will be running clinics and provide coaching tips from the country’s leading PGA professionals who will drop by after their round.
Michael Hill Jewellers is giving visitors to ‘The 19th’ the chance to win big with its Diamond in the Rough competition. Virtually mapping the course, spectators can enter by selecting a potentially ‘winning square grid’ on the map and walking away with a diamond worth $10,000.
The 19th exhibitors confirmed are Michael Hill Jewellers, FL Bone, PGA of New Zealand, Sunshine Coast Destinations, Milford Track Guided Walk, Remarkable Golf Tours, Ray White Real Estate, NZ Open Merchandise, Better Back Company, JTB, Snag Golf, Millbrook Resort, BMW/Callaway Golf Challenge and The First Tee of New Zealand.
Food exhibitors include Devil Burger, Suma Sushi, Patagonia Ice Cream, Francesca's Pizza, Mantra Indian restaurant, Empanada Kitchen, Pita Pit, Southern Fare, and the Mojito Bar.
The family-friendly Open Sounds concert, presented by award-winning Queenstown wine brand Amisfield, will kick-off at 6pm after play finishes on the penultimate night of the event, Saturday 1 March and is free for those attending the golf.
Iconic Kiwi songstress Anika Moa will headline the open air concert which will also feature up-and-coming local artist Holly Arrowsmith.
To enable people to attend and make the most of the increased entertainment this year, buses will run until the concert finishes, with the last bus returning to Queenstown from The Hills at 9.30pm.
“Last year’s concert was a huge success and now word has spread that Open Sounds this year will attract even bigger crowds as the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening,” said Mr Glading.
The ever-popular ‘Party Hole’ at the 15th hole is also back once again and following last year’s success, Moa Beer will once again play host under the theme – The Moa Caddyshack.
James McOnie from popular TV show The Crowd Goes Wild will be providing commentary, banter and entertainment on the Saturday and Sunday, making for some hilarious and unforgettable experiences for players and spectators alike.
Moa event producer Frances Young said the hole promised to be “quirkier than last year” with some “funky new additions.”
“There’s nothing like a day out on the links, watching others have a day out in the links, particularly when it’s the NZ Open at The Hills and you’re sitting at the Moa Caddyshack with a nice cold Moa,” said Mrs Young.
“A DJ will play tunes all day, Arrowtown’s Cafe Mondo will run the Moa Burger Bar, and there’ll be giant jenga, chess and croquet to keep even non-golf lovers entertained.”
Limited corporate hospitality tickets to the Wolves Bar are still available for Saturday March 1 and Sunday March 2 and include daily entry to the golf, VIP car parking, all-inclusive sumptuous gourmet food, wine and Moa beer while overlooking the action on the course.