Hilton Lake Taupo has announced a major new addition to the New Zealand golfing calendar, the Hilton Lake Taupo Masters Golf tournament.
The unique tournament will combine three top courses in Taupo over three days and will be open to all amateur golfers with a competitive streak who are looking for a challenging yet fun event.
The new event is presented by Hilton Lake Taupo – the only international five-star property in the Central North Island – in partnership with local PGA professional Jim Clelland and Aaron Carter of Total Sport Limited. The tournament gives golfers an opportunity to compete as an individual or part of a team on three courses in three days in a pairs format, but with recognition still given to individual performances.
Taupo has long been recognised as a golfing destination in its own right, with three high quality courses within a 20km radius of the town, and the tournament, which takes place from October 30 to November 1, will be staged at the Kinloch Club, Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary and The Centennial Course at the Taupo Golf Club.
The event will kick off the evening of Tuesday 29 October with a cocktail reception in the Victorian-style Cellar Ballroom of Hilton Lake Taupo. Catering will be provided by New Zealand celebrity chef Simon Gault’s kitchen in Taupo, Bistro Lago.
The tournament’s format will see players compete in combined score pairs at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary and The Centennial Course at the Taupo Golf Club, while best-ball scoring will be used at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kinloch Club in a nod to the difficulty of that course.
Now ranked 76 by Golf Digest Magazine in the Top 100 golf courses in the World outside the U.S., The Kinloch Club has become a must visit golf experience for travelling golfers and local New Zealand golfers alike.
Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary was ranked number one in New Zealand in 2010 and is still rated by many as the one course they most want to come back to. The Sanctuary aspect is continuing to develop and golfers are now able to play amongst pheasant, quail and deer.
For more information about the tournament, visit www.laketaupomastersgolf.co.nz.