NZ Mini Golf Open 2022
The 6th annual New Zealand Mini Golf Open is taking place on the 3rd & 4th of December 2022 at Wild Wood Mini Golf in Whitianga.
This is New Zealand's premier mini golf event where you can put your putting skills to the test against New Zealand's best minigolfers or enjoy some fun and friendly, but competitive, games.
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This year's categories are:
- Youth (5-17 years) - 2 rounds
- Adult & Youth team - 2 rounds
- Seniors - 3 rounds
- Women's & Men's Amateur - 3 rounds
- Pro - 8 rounds
Players will play two rounds of 18 holes (in groups of three or four).
To enter as a Youth competitor, players must be between 5-17 years of age (inclusive).
If you can rope in an older player, take a look at the Adult & Youth team category as registration grants you automatic entry to this Youth category also.
Current Prize: $100
Adult and Youth (Team) Competition
An Adult and Youth team consist of one amateur player 18 years or older and another that is between 5-17 years old (inclusive).
Each pair will play two rounds of 18 holes (usually with another pair.) The combined lowest score wins.
Entry to the team competition is as simple is selecting it at ticket purchase and entering a team name.
Players in the Pro Division are not able to compete in the adult and youth category.
Current Prize: $100
Players aged 55 and over are invited to compete in the inaugural Seniors category in 3 rounds of 18 holes.
You'll draw upon the culmination of your years of wisdom to compete in a league of your own, complete with prize money, trophy and of course, bragging rights.
Current Prize: $100
This is where all the backyard putters come out of the wood-work, slap on some jandals and head on down to the local mini putt. But don't let the "Amateur" title fool you as you'll need all your focus and steady hands to come out on top.
This division is split up into Men's and Women's and consists of three rounds of 18 holes and played in groups of three or four - Lowest score wins.
To enter as an Amateur competitor, players must be 18 years of age or older and not a member of the Pro League (w may also recommend the pro division if you're an experienced mini golfer.)
Those with keen young ones may also be interested in playing in the Adult & Youth team category as well.
Winners are also invited to join players in the Pro division in the afternoon.
Current Prizes: $100 for both Men's & women
The Pro Competition
Players competing in the Pro division know this is a matter of endurance as players pace through 8 complete rounds of 18-hole mini golf (in groups of three or four) to take home a slice of the prize pool as well as a sweet trophy!
The Pro Competition starts on Saturday morning for four rounds before another round in the afteroon and reconvening on Sunday morning for the remaining three rounds.
We also are proud to present the second year of the Pro Women's division.
Overall Prize: $1,000
- You are welcome to bring your own golf putter or use one from the course
- Only genuine golf balls or European mini golf balls are permitted
- Hit within the marked tee-off area at the start of each hole
- The maximum stroke count per hole is 7
- If a ball exits the lane, it can be placed at the point of exit without a penalty stroke
- The ball may be moved up to 20cm away from the edge
- Play fair, and treat others with respect
More details on competition rules are available in our rulebook here - we recommend having a look through but we'll run through the rules again before tee-off.
Beyond those points, officials will be on hand to adjudicate and assist with any questions.
Cheating is unacceptable and will be dealt with seriously.
Getting to Wild Wood
Travelling by vehicle from Auckland is a 2-3 hour trip.
Barrier Air operates flights between Auckland and Whitianga 10 times a week from $89
There are many accommodation options - check out our sponsors Hosts on the Coast and Marina Park Apartments
Before the Event
Practice makes perfect, so get to your local course.
Our friends at Wild Wood Mini Golf invite registered players to come down and practise at the course on the week leading up to the Open for $10 per day.
You are also welcome to practise on the day before tee-off, but once play starts for the day, no further practising is permitted (including between rounds).
Saturday 3rd December
- 9:00am Check-in opens and warm-up begins
- 9:45am Player briefing
- 10:00am Tee-off for all categories
- 1:00pm Lunch break (a light lunch will be provided)
- 2:00pm Prizegiving (estimated)
- 3:00pm Pro round 4 tee-off
- 4:30pm Close of Day 1 (estimated)
- 7:30pm Social Dinner
Sunday 4th December
- 9:00am Day 2 Warm-up
- 9:30am Pro Round 6 tee-off
- 11:30am Prizegiving (estimated)
We're fortunate enough to have some generous folk out there and wish to thank our sponsors:
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