Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Drive for Cash at Millbrook this Labour Weekend

Queenstown's five-star Millbrook Resort is inviting keen golfers to 'give it their best shot' to win NZ$100,000 cash this Labour Weekend.

The competition is part of celebrations for the launch of the new Millbrook Driving Range, where Millbrook members and visiting golfers can test their skills at the range and the resort’s ‘challenging’ 13th hole to walk away with a cool NZ$100,000 cash in hand.

The competition will start on the afternoon of Saturday October 24 with a closest to the pin competition at the range. The new driving range is housed in a restored original high country woolshed near the entrance to the resort and is a unique place to learn, practice and improve in a stunning environment.

The range features a coaching clinic classroom for a new golf academy that features technological teaching equipment including a Vector Launch Monitor, SAM Putt Lab, video analysis equipment, automated ball dispenser and infrared heaters. The equipment is the same as that used by many top golf equipment manufacturers and PGA TOUR professionals.

Immediately following the public qualifying drives, at 4pm on Saturday the top 50 qualifiers will compete for the big cash prize. Anyone who scores a hole-in-one at the par-3 13th hole will win the cash. The money will go into a prize pool in the unlikely event of there being more than one winner.

The challenging, 176m 13th is one of Millbrook’s signature holes, with panoramic views towards the Remarkables and Gibbston Valley. Driving from an elevated tee with Coronet Peak as the backdrop, players must avoid three strategically placed bunkers and a large ‘inviting’ pond to reach an undulating green.

Millbrook Director of Sales and Marketing Kim Carpenter said anyone could qualify and take a shot at the cash prize.

“We’re delighted to be opening the new driving range and providing the opportunity to win the grand prize. A hole-in-one is the holy grail of any round, but thanks to our Labour weekend challenge the winner could be paying for more than a few drinks in the bar afterwards,” he said.

“The odds are relatively long but it’s certainly not impossible, and probably more likely than a win on the Lotto. There have been 11 holes-in-one on the 13th recorded on the prize board in our club house over the past 15 years.

“We expect to be busy over the public holiday with members from all around the country in town to play in the season opening Spring Cup, but the good thing about this competition is that anyone can have a crack. We’d love someone to win the cash – maybe it could buy a new set of clubs or even a deposit on one of Millbrook’s gorgeous lifestyle sections!”

At the qualifying day on Saturday golfers will be asked to part with $1 to have their 'hit'. All monies raised will go to the Wakatipu Trails Trust.

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