My wife Sonya and I were down in Queenstown for a week celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary at the same time the #NZOpen was being played at the Millbrook and The Hills Golf Coarse. On finals day we decided to go too The Hills to watch some of the players and take in the spectacular views of The Hills Coarse. I also planned on taking photos of some of the amazing sculptures that are placed about the Hills coarse.
We arrive mid afternoon and made our way to the closest fairway to where we entered the coarse. Which was hole14. These two shots below are from the sculpture that sit above hole14.
We then moved on to Hole15 to find Prime Minister John Key, Sir Bob Charles and Rocco Mediate putting out. It was at this point I lost interest in checking out all the sculptures. I then said to Sonya I wanted to head to the 18th to see if I can get a shot of P M John Key and Sir Bob Charles shaking hands on the 18th green. So we headed off that way.
Below: This sculpture flanks the righthand side of the 18th fairway. I would think a lot of drops would have had to be taken by quite a few players here as once your ball gets amongst them it would be hard getting out.
Below: Prime Minister John Key after his approach shot onto the green.
I got the shot I was after. But the one unexpected thing I got was at the end of the PM putting out. After picking up his ball from the hole, he threw it to me. Once they had all finished putting out he then kindly signed it for me. That made my day. It will duly be framed with accompanying photos with Frame It “.
A day I will never forget.
Below: The Handshake at the NZ Open 2014 – NZ Prime Minister John Key, Rocco Mediate, Sir Bob Charles