New Zealand Open

The first edition of the New Zealand Open was held during the nation’s annual golf championship meeting at Napier Golf Club in 1907. It was a 36-hole contest involving 130 players with prizes of £25 and £10 for the two leading professional players, of whom there were only seven. Amateur Arthur Duncan had rounds of 83 and 76 to win the event by seven shots from another amateur player J. Carne Bidwell. Professionals Jack McLaren and David Hood finished third and fourth (on 167 and 168), entitling them to the cash bounties.

New Zealand Open Championship Trophy

Sri Lankan-born Duncan would go on to claim another two Opens in 1910 and 1911, as well as winning a total of ten Amateur titles between 1899 and 1926. Astonishingly, he was the leading amateur in the 1936 NZ Open, finishing in third place at the age of 59. He served on the New Zealand Golf Association’s Council in the 1920s and was eventually elected president in 1950. Truly, he was one of the nation’s great sporting heroes.

Twelve editions of the championship were held before the Brodie Breeze Challenge Cup was presented for competition by Glasgow club maker George Brodie Breeze in 1923. Out of the blue, he wrote to the Golf Association offering “a silver cup to the value of 50 guineas” as the Open trophy and wisely his proposal was accepted, giving the shrewd Scot many years of prized publicity, long after he and his clubs had faded into obscurity.

In 1924, the Jellicoe Cup was presented by Viscount Jellicoe, the second Governor-General of New Zealand, and this trophy is awarded for the lowest round in the contest. Ten years later, the Bledisloe Cup was presented by Lord Bledisloe, the fourth Governor-General, and this trophy goes to the lead...

New Zealand Open host courses

Formosa

22nd North Island - Best in Area 34th New Zealand Ranking

Laid out on a large 440-acre cliff top site and modeled on Augusta National by course architect Bob Charles, the 18 holes at Formosa are the centerpiece of the resort.

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Gulf Harbour

10th North Island - Best in Area 14th New Zealand Ranking 74th Oceania Ranking

Gulf Harbour is routed round a rolling hillside and the changes in elevation make for exciting and challenging golf with the added bonus of free panoramic views.

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Hamilton

17th North Island - Best in Area 24th New Zealand Ranking

Named St Andrews, the course at Hamilton Golf Club has been in play for nearly a century. It's a fine example of a solid parkland layout that has stood the golfing test of time...

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Hastings

21st North Island - Best in Area 32nd New Zealand Ranking

Members and guests of Hastings Golf Club – better known locally as Bridge Pâ – play their golf on a wonderful, free-draining, parkland course...

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Invercargill

12th South Island - Best in Area 33rd New Zealand Ranking

Invercargill Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in New Zealand; the town may be a little remote from the rest of the country but its inhabitants love their golf as much, if not more than, those who live in the major centres.

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Manawatu

18th North Island - Best in Area 25th New Zealand Ranking

Manawatu is a very pleasant parkland course laid out on a compact, 110-acre site between a lagoon, Massey University College of Education, and the Manawatu River.

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Napier

35th North Island - Best in Area

Established in 1896, Napier Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in New Zealand and was host venue to the inaugural New Zealand Open in 1907.

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New Zealand Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Matt Richardson Courses Played 17
= Patrick Kennelly Courses Played 17
3 Richard Souter Courses Played 13
4 Mark Hillson Courses Played 12
= Peter G Courses Played 12
6 Joshua Stevens Courses Played 11
7 Peter Wood Courses Played 10
= Bryn Morgans Courses Played 10
= Jared Fenwick Courses Played 10
= KP Courses Played 10