New Zealand Golf Trip extraordinaire, go inside the ropes!

Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Mandatory credit: Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK
Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Mandatory credit: Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK /

If a New Zealand golf trip is on your bucket list, here’s your chance to check it off!

If New Zealand golf has been on your bucket list, here’s a chance for you to check it off! The Australian Ladies Profession Golf is putting together a five-day golf trip extraordinaire this September.

The first stop will be Auckland and the Anita Boon Pro-Am. You’ll pair up with an ALPG pro (presumably, you will be the am!), then hang our for a while in Auckland, tour the sites, play some more golf, then eat and drink your way through the city’s waterfront area instead of getting stuck at some dull 19th hole bar and grill.

You’ll get to check out the Wainui Golf Club, about half an hour north of Auckland, then head across the city’s harbor to the North Shore Golf Club for the first round of the Anita Boon (lunch is provided).

Since the Anita Boon is the official qualifying event for two big pro events, the following week’s McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in February 2018, you can be sure you’ll see some hot action from the pros in the field and maybe one or two of the amateurs as well. (Tuck a Sharpie into your bag – you’ll probably be able to collect some autographs!)

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You’ll also get to join in the social side of the Anita Boon – the charity auction, a raffle, a post-event dinner and awards ceremony. Maybe you can collect the low-am award!

In other words, you’re going inside the ropes, all the way. Isn’t this the sort of full-throttle experience we all dream about when we put “play in a pro tourney” on our bucket lists?

But the party’s not over on this New Zealand golf trip extraordinaire. When the Anita Boon Pro-Am is wrapped up the ALPG tour leaves Auckland and heads to Waiheke Island and a wine-tasting tour – sort of like wandering into a little bit of Tuscany in the New Zealand outback.

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The tour wraps up with a round of golf at Waiheke Island’s Muriwai Golf Club, an authentic links course that brings Scotland’s golfing legacy to life for New Zealanders and fortunate visitors.

The official ALPG New Zealand golf trip ends at this point but there’s more available if you want to grab the opportunity. Extend your stay and go back outside the ropes to attend the New Zealand Women’s Open.

For the first time the event is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and the ALPG and it’s going to be packed with star power. The ALPG tour manager will help you make the arrangements.

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Let’s dream together. What other kinds of golf trips do you have on your bucket lists? We’d love to hear about them – perhaps we could help you check them off your lists by finding more golf trips extraordinaire!