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Lydia Ko shares her favourite Auckland fairways

Golfer Lydia Ko is promoting New Zealand as a world class golfing destination. 

Ahead of the McKayson NZ Women’s Open in Auckland (28 Sept-1 Oct), Lydia spent time with Tourism New Zealand and Aukland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), zooming in on her favourite fairways in Auckland. In this short video - where she also flies over her old primary school, she says that hole 16 at the Gulf Harbour Country Club is her absolute favourite.

She describes Hole 18 at Windross Farm Golf Course as amazing. Pupuke Golf Course, on Auckland’s North Shore, is also close to Ko’s heart. She first played the course when she was just five years old and became a life member of the club at the age of 18. “Hole 17 at Pupuke has got to be up there. It’s short but it’s always been challenging.”

The video and written content will be distributed to international media and used on Tourism New Zealand’s social media channels.

René de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand’s Director Trade, PR and Major Events said: “Thousands of people play golf when they visit New Zealand and to have one of world’s top women golfers who grew up in New Zealand talking so enthusiastically about our courses is a very valuable opportunity to help grow New Zealand as a golf destination. Golf is one of the key special interest areas we are focusing on, with the average golfing visitor staying longer and spending more."

The Lydia promotion is also valuable ahead of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship 26 – 29 October 2017 which will be held in New Zealand for the first time, at the Royal Wellington Golf Club.

Find out more about golf as a special interest visitor activity