A Great Re­sult

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - FIRST WORD -

Top In­ter­na­tional golf has been missed in Auck­land for some years. Cer­tainly, the PGA was held for a cou­ple of years at Re­muera, as an Aus­tralasian tier 2 event, but it never reached the heights that it en­joyed at Clear­wa­ter some years ago when it was co-sanc­tioned with the Na­tion­wide Tour. How­ever, that has all now changed. This col­umn is be­ing writ­ten at Win­dross Farm golf course, not far from Ard­more air­field, just off the South­ern Mo­tor­way. The LPGA, quite a lot of which has been writ­ten about over the last few months, has come to New Zealand and it has cer­tainly pro­duced the crowds.

The field on the open­ing round has been de­scribed as at­tract­ing the largest open­ing day crowd - ever - in LPGA his­tory. That may be a wee bit of an ex­ag­ger­a­tion, but the Fri­day tally after round 2 ex­ceeded 16,000 pay­ing spec­ta­tors through the gate. In­cred­i­ble.

Round 3 on the Satur­day also far ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of crowd num­bers and if the weather on the Sun­day had be­haved we would cer­tainly have had a NZ spec­ta­tor record for golf.

What it has pro­duced are NEW spec­ta­tors. New to the sport of in­ter­na­tional golf that is. This caused a lit­tle bit of angst with cam­era shut­ters and green­side view­ing caus­ing mi­nor prob­lems, but in bal­ance – no prob­lem. In­deed, one vis­i­tor to the course wrote a let­ter to the NZ Her­ald be­moan­ing the lack of fa­cil­i­ties at Win­dross Farm in the event of in­clement weather, like there be­ing no shel­ter for spec­ta­tors or the play­ers. Well that is true of all golf cour­ses. In fact, the Sun­day pro­duced that sort of sce­nario and the Spec­ta­tors and Play­ers coped. Cold and some­what damp, but all were fine.

To close. Win­dross Farm as an in­ter­na­tional course venue? I had my doubts. A bit short, a bit too new, a bit far from the CBD!! Well I was wrong. It was great venue, I think our vis­i­tors from around the world en­joyed it. The stake­hold­ers cer­tainly re­ceived great value and the sys­tems be­hind the scenes cer­tainly pro­duced a great re­sult. No event can be flawless but The Club­house team, al­beit new to the golf­ing scene, have ex­celled.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Michael Gold­stein and his en­tire team both front of house and way be­hind the scenes. Bring on 2018.

En­joy this Mag­a­zine Ge­off Wit­ton / Pub­lisher

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