Hosted at two spectacular golf courses on 10th to 13th March 2016 - The Hills and Millbrook Resort - the tournament incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers.
The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a cornerstone event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and has now also entered into a partnership with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation which will result in fifteen leading professional golfers from the Japan tour playing in the tournament.
The tournament will include a minimum field of 140 amateurs and 140 professionals playing alongside one another. The professional golfers will compete for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open title whilst simultaneously a pairing of one professional and one amateur will play a best-ball format for the New Zealand Pro-Am Championship.
The field will be split across The Hills and Millbrook Resort for the first round of competition with all players alternating to the other course for the second round.
After the second round the top 60 + ties professionals will continue to the final two rounds of the tournament to be played at Millbrook Resort.
For the Pro-Am teams, the top 40 pairings will progress to compete in round three at Millbrook Resort, before a third round cut will see the top 10 Pro-Am teams progress to the final round at Millbrook Resort.
The tournament is unique in the Asia Pacific region with the Pro-Am format allowing amateurs to play inside the ropes during the heat of competition.
The vision for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is to become the ultimate professional golf experience in the Asia Pacific region.
The New Zealand Government is a key partner of the tournament. The event showcases Queenstown and New Zealand as a world-class golfing destination and also provides a platform for New Zealand business leaders to engage with counterparts from the Asia Pacific region.
Additionally, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is pleased to have the support of the Queenstown Lakes District Council Events Fund.
We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our sponsors, partners and amateur players for their support of the tournament.