The Grange Golf Club to host the 2004 NZ Open
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2004 New Zealand Open | General | 17 Jul 2003
The 87th Holden New Zealand Open golf championship will remain in Auckland next year and will be played at The Grange Golf Club.
The Holden New Zealand Open, to be hosted for the fifth time at the Manukau City course, will be staged from 15 to 18 January 2004, New Zealand Golf announced today.
A feature will be the celebration of 50 years since Sir Bob Charles won his first New Zealand Open in 1954. The former British Open champion went on to win four New Zealand Open titles, including 1970 which was the first time the event had been played at The Grange.
New Zealand Golf and joint venture partners IMG NZ Ltd opted for The Grange after discussions with other Auckland clubs because of its close proximity to the major population base.
“It is a special Holden New Zealand Open to celebrate the remarkable feats of Sir Bob Charles, and we want it to be shared by as many people as possible,’’ New Zealand Golf chief executive Peter Dale said.
“This year’s event at Auckland Golf Club drew outstanding support from golf fans and the general public – the biggest spectator numbers for several years.
“The Grange is a near neighbour to Middlemore and its central Auckland location and close proximity to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty were key factors.”
The organisers had decided earlier this year to retain the event in the Auckland region because of the additional television production costs if it played elsewhere, and advantages to secure corporate hospitality and spectator support.
The Grange last hosted the Holden New Zealand Open in 2001, won by Hamilton’s David Smail. Other New Zealand Open winners at The Grange were Australians Rodger Davis in 1986 and Peter O’Malley in 1995.
Source – NZGA