Royal Wellington Golf Club is honoured to be asked by the Masters Tournament, The R&A, and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation to host the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship or AAC. 

This will be the biggest golf event ever staged in New Zealand. It will be broadcast live to over 160 countries giving unprecedented coverage to the Heretaunga course, to Wellington and to golf in New Zealand.

Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship - AAC

The Championship was established in 2009 to help grow the game in the Asia-Pacific region and provide amateurs a tournament replicating top professional events. It is one of the premier amateur golf tournaments in the world with the winner gaining direct entry to the following year’s Masters Tournament, along with a spot in The Open Qualifying Series, which is the final stage to gain entry into The Open Championship. 


The top 120 amateur players from the Asia-Pacific region will compete with 10 places available for New Zealanders.
Invitations are sent to the leading players from the 39 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) affiliated organisations. Each organisation is automatically provided with two positions, which are to be filled by their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of August 2017. If there is only one, or no players, from a member organisation in the Ranking, a member organisation is able to nominate one or two players accordingly, provided the player/s have a handicap of 5.4 or less. The remainder of the field is filled by taking the next highest ranked players from the WAGR with the maximum number of players allowed from any organisation being six. The only exception is for the host country – New Zealand – which is allowed to nominate an additional four players. See the official AAC website for more.

The Venue

Royal Wellington formally opened its new Heretaunga championship course in February 2014 after a four year redevelopment and that same year the NZPGA rated it the top members’ course in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Heretaunga Championship Course and learn more about the Club.

The Event

The tournament will be run by the executive committee of the AAC, which includes representatives from all three Founding Partners – the APGC, the Masters Tournament, and The R&A.

TV Broadcast

The AAC is the most televised amateur golf tournament in the world, broadcast live to over 160 countries including New Zealand on Sky Sport.


Entry to the tournament is FREE for spectators. Arrive at Royal Wellington during the 2017 Championship opening hours and you will be admitted.


Yes, you can volunteer. The tournament needs approximately 250 volunteers to carry scoreboards, marshal spectators, caddy and many other jobs. More information will be provided in 2017 on the volunteer programme and how you can register to participate. We’d love to have your help.