Auckland’s Eden Park has announced today (Wednesday) that its ASB G9 golf event will return for a second edition in November.

Eden Park will be converted into a nine-hole golf course from November 3-10, with up to 3,000 people to be given a chance to score a hole-in-one at the stadium.

Players will be able to win a share of NZ$50,000 worth of prizes if they shoot a hole-in-one. Four players managed a hole-in-one last year.

Nine different tee locations will be situated around Eden Park, with a bonus ‘Longest Putt’ competition to also take place in the home changing room used by New Zealand’s national rugby and cricket teams.

Eden Park chief executive Nick Sautner said: “We are absolutely committed to growing Eden Park’s event calendar to ensure we can continue to deliver a diverse range of events for the people of Auckland and New Zealand.

“One of the challenges for stadia around the globe is underutilisation and Eden Park is no different. We are modernising our operations and targeting new audiences who may have never experienced Eden Park previously. Eden Park is delighted to deliver this unique in-stadium golf experience for the second year, highlighting our commitment to innovation.”

Registered teams of four will have 90 minutes to make their way around the course, with this year’s event to feature elements such as a golden ball, which will allow players to purchase an additional four balls in the Jameson Clubhouse prior to their round. These balls will give players a second chance at a hole-in-one or a chance to improve their score and can be used at a player’s discretion.

ASB’s head of community and sponsorship, Mark Graham, added: “We’re really excited to be part of such a unique event. Being able to play at a venue like Eden Park, usually home to rugby and cricket rather than golf, is a great opportunity no matter your golfing experience. We’re looking forward to seeing people come along, have a go, and make their own special Eden Park sporting memory.”

A specific Ladies Day will be held on November 10, with a Community Day to take place on November 4.

Image: Eden Park