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It was Up­per Hutt like we have never seen it be­fore.

The Royal Welling­ton Golf Club’s host­ing of the Asia-Pa­cific Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship was a mag­nif­i­cent event which put our city on the world stage.

Those of us with pay tele­vi­sion were treated to a vis­ual feast, with cov­er­age of the four-day event tak­ing every op­por­tu­nity to show the Here­taunga golf­ing lo­ca­tion off to the best ad­van­tage.

Drone footage of the club’s tree-lined links bor­der­ing the ‘‘mag­nif­i­cent Hutt River’’ were the or­der of each day’s cov­er­age.

With the weather play­ing its part, long-distance shots north of an Up­per Hutt reg­u­larly de­scribed as ‘‘a sub­urb of Welling­ton’’ fea­tured, as did golden-hued images of Here­taunga and Sil­ver­stream.

There was even footage of two Hutt River fly-fish­er­men cast­ing off just as three white horses were rid­den south on the river trail ad­ja­cent to the club’s 15th tee. That couldn’t have been a setup, could it?

Any­way, the com­men­ta­tors told us they were en­joy­ing their time in a uniquely beau­ti­ful area and they were right. This was a run­away suc­cess story.

— Colin Williams, Se­nior Re­porter

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