From The Sideline with Micah

From The Sideline with Micah 1000 944 The Flyer Magazine

From The Sideline


The Arrowtown Golf Club has a new manager, yours truly, beginning October 2019. I made the move over from a three year stint at Jack’s Point to take up the opportunity to implement some changes and improvements at one of the top 10 courses in New Zealand. New membership options, new sponsorship deals and some new golf events to come in the near future, the most recent release of the NZ Golf Digest placing us ninth on the best courses in NZ and second on the best public courses, has good reason to get out and enjoy our facility.

The COAGC will be taking place the end of March, the five course challenge run by Par NZ will be taking place over five days at Queenstown, Arrowtown, Cromwell, Alexandra and Wanaka. There are 300 participants coming from all around to take advantage of the end of our summer season in Central Otago. Spaces are still available for any last minute enthusiast.Reach out to Par NZ for more details.

Monday will see 55 of New Zealand’s top amateurs and professionals who have not secured their start in the Open, battle it out at Cromwell for three of the last spots to play in the 101st NZ Open. Coming from all over the country, it will be a hard fought battle for those wanting to tee it up with the big boys.

The Kiwi contingent will be flying the flag proud for the Open. A few of my picks to watch would be – Ryan Fox, after a blistering finish in the Vic Open and a real enjoyment playing in Queenstown. I know the passionate Kiwi will be doing his best to get over the line. Mike Hendry, 2017 NZ Open winner, will no doubt be looking to engrave his name year again on the trophy. Local boy, James Anstis will no doubt be doing what we can to represent the region and do his best to keep the trophy here.

Finally, the New Zealand Open had for the first time a $1,00,000 hole in one prize! For any amateur or professional that can make a hole in one on the famous 7th hole, you may know it as the hole with the horse statues. $750,000 going to the player with also $250,000 going to Starship Hospital. The prize money for this has been put forward by the Manuka Doctor business and I for one want to see this prize won. By the time this comes out we’ll see who’s secured the prize!

At the time of publication the NZ Open was still a few days out from play.