Video: Drone footage captures Eden Park transformed into golf course – and you can play

Eden Park has hosted some historic sporting moments in New Zealand history in the past but tomorrow it will make its own history with the staging of a unique golf event.

The iconic Auckland stadium has seen its pitch, usually reserved for rugby, league or cricket, transformed into a nine-hole course that the general public can play in the inaugural G9 event.

However, golfers won't have to trek around the course all day  - instead they'll have a 90 minute time slot to tee off from numerous spots around the stadium onto the turf, with scores tallied based on how close each ball gets to the hole.

Players are able to bring their own clubs, however they will be restricted to only an 8-iron-, 9-iron, wedge and putter.

The event runs from tomorrow until November 8.



Watch: Lydia Ko sinks monster birdie putt, stays in the hunt in South Korea

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko is precariously poised to take the title at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea, two shots off the pace behind the leaders in Incheon.

Starting her third round at -6 and two shots behind the leading group, Ko began brightly, with birdies on the third, fourth, seventh and eighth holes to complete a blemish free front nine.

However, the Kiwi failed to have the same impact on the back nine, with a bogey on the 11th cancelled out by a long range birdie on the 16th.

Ko finished her third round sitting at -10 for the tournament, trailing the leaders Charley Hull of England and Danielle Kang of the USA (both -12) by two shots.

The Kiwi is two shots off the lead heading into the final round in Incheon. Source: SKY



Watch: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee nails incredible hole-in-one

Kiwi golfer Danny Lee has made a stunning hole-in-one - the first of the 2018-19 season.

The 28-year-old's incredible effort was shot with a 9-iron from 150 yards on the fourth hole during his opening round at the CIMB classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Today's hole-in-one is the third of Lee's PGA career.



Kiwi Ryan Fox moves up golf's world rankings

New Zealand's best male golfers have continued their rise up the world rankings.

Ryan Fox is the best placed Kiwi, moving up one spot to 81st in the world.

Danny Lee has climbed six places to 124th while Nick Voke has continued his incredible first year as a pro, jumping to 327th.

Making up the top three spots are American Dustin Johnson with the top ranking followed by Englishman Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka of the US.

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Ryan Fox of New Zealand tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course on July 16, 2017 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Ryan Fox Source: Getty


Famous South Canterbury golf course on verge of closing as grassroots golf struggles in NZ

The world of golf has seen an explosion in popularity over the past couple of weeks - you only need to look at the extraordinary scenes throughout the recent Tour Championship or Ryder Cup for evidence of that.

But back here, away from the elite level, the grass roots game is battling.

For one famous club in South Canterbury, its final putt could be fast approaching.

Seven Sharp’s Mike Thorpe went along to St Andrew’s Golf Club to get a round in and see if there’s a flicker of hope left for the 43-year-old club.

For one famous club in South Canterbury, its final putt is fast approaching. Source: Seven Sharp