The Tournament

The New Zealand Open, held in Queenstown is an iconic event on the New Zealand sporting calendar.

2019 Dates: February 28th to March 3rd

Hosted at two spectacular golf courses Millbrook Resort and The Hills 1 – 4 March 2018, the tournament incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers.

International Sports Promotion Society (known as ISPS or as ISPS Handa) is a corporation designed to carry out activities contributing to social welfare and international co-operation through the promotion of sports and sports values. Founder Dr Haruhisa Handa is known as 'The Father of Blind Golf in Japan' due to the leading role he played in introducing the game of blind golf to the country.

ISPS Handa has a long history of supporting golf events around the globe, sponsoring tournaments on almost every major golf tour including the European Tour, PGA Tour, European Senior Tour, Asian Tour, Legends Tour, LPGA, Ladies European Tour, Japan PGA, Sunshine Tour, Golf Australia and the Australasian PGA. ISPS Handa has expanded to advocate for the recognition of differently-abled golfers, such as wounded veterans, in addition to blind golf. ISPS Handa offers training academies and inclusion opportunities in co-operation with some of golf's most prestigious events.

ISPS Handa is a strong advocate for the 'power of sport' and its ability to create hope, to inspire people, and transform society. It is this conviction that has been the backbone of ISPS 's dedication to providing opportunities for blind and disabled golfers worldwide, with the long-term aim of enabling golf to become a Paralympic sport.

The Hills

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a Tier One event co-sanctioned by the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour, and in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour.

The tournament will include a minimum field of 140 amateurs and 140 professionals playing alongside one another.  The professional golfers will compete for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open title whilst simultaneously a pairing of one professional and one amateur will play a best-ball format for the New Zealand Pro-Am Championship. 

The field will be split across The Hills and Millbrook Resort for the first round of competition with all players alternating to the other course for the second round.  

After the second round the top 60 + ties professionals will continue to the final two rounds of the tournament to be played at Millbrook Resort.

For the Pro-Am teams, the top 40 pairings will progress to compete in round three at Millbrook Resort, before a third round cut will see the top 10 Pro-Am teams progress to the final round at Millbrook Resort. 

The Hills

The tournament is unique in the Asia Pacific region with the Pro-Am format allowing amateurs to play inside the ropes during the heat of competition.
The vision for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is to become the ultimate professional golf experience in the Asia Pacific region. 

The New Zealand Government is a key partner of the tournament. The event showcases Queenstown and New Zealand as a world-class golfing destination and also provides a platform for New Zealand business leaders to engage with counterparts from the Asia Pacific region.

Additionally, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is pleased to have the support of the Queenstown Lakes District Council Events Fund. 

We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our sponsors, partners and amateur players for their support of the tournament.