The Hills was designed by Darby Partners and opened in 2007 to host the New Zealand Open. Set over 500 acres across a glacial valley, the layout highlights the dramatic elevation changes and rocky schist outcrops that are a feature of the area.
This championship layout
provides a serious challenge for accomplished players while
thoughtful and considerate design means that the golf course is
equally enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. The beauty of the lakes, waterways and wetland areas are complimented by a
stunning array of sculptures made by local and international artists.
The Hills was somewhat of an organic build from the outset. The story goes that Sir Michel was looking out on the former deer farm one morning and thought it would be to have his own putting green. He asked good friend and course designer John Darby to assist, and one green became another, then another...
Completed with a clubhouse designed by NZ Architect Andrew Patterson the result is a design "in harmony with the landscape" and given "a presence of religious proportions that stops people in their tracks."
Today, The Hills is quintessential Kiwi in its combination of ruggedness and beauty. This course provides golfers a unique experience, not only through the many sculptures which line the course itself, but for its all-inclusive tariff for guests. Playing here is certainly something that one will not be able to experience anywhere else in the world, and a treat for those searching for something outside the norm.
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