Good time lined up for all at golf event

You don’t have to love golf to have fun at the NZ PGA at The Hills this week. The en­joy dur­ing the next few days. has com­piled a list of fun ac­tiv­i­ties that any­one can

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with mod­i­fied Snag (Start­ing New At Golf) equip­ment in­clud­ing bright tar­gets, vel­cro balls and over­sized clubs. Backed by Jack Nick­laus and with Sir Bob Charles as a pa­tron, the sys­tem was de­signed by former PGA Tour pro­fes­sion­als. Com­pe­ti­tions in­clude a hole in one com­pe­ti­tion, long­est drive and best score for the day on the Snag golf course. Where: At the 19th hole. When: Dur­ing the NZ PGA. Cost: A gold-coin do­na­tion – given di­rectly to Cure Kids.

Long­est Drive con­test

What: Call­away is of­fer­ing pun­ters the chance to test the com­pany’s new XHot Driver on a few balls in town. On-site tuition on swings and po­si­tion set up will be avail­able from the Call­away ex­perts as well as the chance to try their X Hot Fair­way Woods, Hy­brids and Irons. Track­Man tech­nol­ogy will mea­sure the drive dis­tance, speed and tra­jec­tory. Win: Long­est drive on the day wins a brand new X Hot Driver from Call­away, worth $499. Also spot prizes from Call­away, PGA tick­ets, Air NZ, Moa and more. Where: Earnslaw Park. When: To­mor­row 11am till 4pm.

The 19th hole

What: No longer just a beer at the club house, the 19th hole at this year’s NZ PGA will in­clude heli­copter rides to moun­tain-top golf, lo­cal wine and food, and an open-air con­cert on the Satur­day night fea­tur­ing young Auck­land mu­si­cian Jamie McDell and The Lynch Mob.

Party at the 15th

What: Spon­sored by Moa Beer this will be the where to find the party. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a silent disco and beer master classes and tast­ings. Where: The 15th hole.

See the sculp­tures

What: Sir Michael Hill’s mag­nif­i­cent sculp­ture park at The Hills Golf Course is not usu­ally open to the pub­lic but will be open be­tween Thurs­day and Sun­day for walking, view­ing, touch­ing and en­joy­ing. The mas­sive sculp­tures in­clude The Wolves are Coming (pic­tured), from China; Schist Strata by renowned artist Chris Booth, The Weta by Mark Hill and Yel­low Con­struc­tion by Gra­ham Snow­den.

Pre­ci­sion: Justin Mar­shall at last year’s Call­away long­est drive com­pe­ti­tion.

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