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The Michael Hill New Zealand Open returns home to The Hills in 2010

Wednesday 16 December 2009, 12:49PM
By Michael Hill International
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The Hills golf course is excited to welcome the country's premier golf tournament back home to The Hills for another year in 2010.

From 28 - 31 January 2010 the Michael Hill New Zealand Open is set to attract a world class field with a prize purse of $US600,000.

“We are incredibly proud to host the Michael Hill New Zealand Open year after year at The Hills,” says General Manager of The Hills Sam Gent.

“2010 is shaping up to be one of our most successful tournaments yet. With two world-class events under our belt we now know we can take New Zealand to the world in a way that few other events can,” says Gent.

Nestled beneath the majestic Southern Alps, The Hills golf course affords one of the country’s best locations for spectator viewing. It was the tournament’s namesake Michael Hill who first saw the potential for a world-class spectator event in the region. “It would be an incredible waste not to make the most of a location as spectacular as what we have here. All of us here at The Hills along with our local community, get a thrill out of sharing our stunning surrounds with golfers and non-golfers the world over every year,” says Michael Hill.

Tournament Director, Ben Tuohy adds, “The Hills has never looked better and has matured magnificently since 2007. Playing in late January when the area is in holiday mode and given good weather we expect bumper crowds to join the party at The Hills”.

Main Street will again be a focal point of the tournament providing unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences for all age groups. Meanwhile the award winning members’ Clubhouse at The Hills will host a number of events, giving New Zealanders and international golfers a taste of all that The Hills has to offer. With membership places available, The Hills are preparing for the traditional surge in application enquiries from local and international golfers following the event.

"A private course, The Hills' park like environment has been designed to meld seamlessly into the natural landscape," says New Zealand Golf chief executive, Bill MacGowan. "Meanwhile three years of concentrated infrastructure development at the golf course have created a unique and specialised setting for a tournament of world-class standard."