The City | Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island and is referred to as the ‘Garden City’ due to its stunning parks, gardens and tree-lined streets. Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury Region is a hive of activity where, within two hours of the international airport, you could be bungee jumping, rafting, skiing, hot air ballooning, whale watching or sampling fine wine at the region’s world class wineries.
Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s most active sporting hubs and is renowned for its many sporting heroes and successful sports teams.
In 2018 we are proud to be holding a month-long Golden Oldies Celebration in Christchurch. For the first time ever all Golden Oldies Sports Festivals will be held in one city, over the course of the month. Over 35’s will partake in Netball, Cricket, Rugby, Golf, Softball, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Lawn Bowls and Squash.
Experience the passion and celebrate New Zealand with the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.
Golfers at the Christchurch Golden Oldies Four Course Challenge in April 2018 can expect to enjoy golf on four very different and challenging courses around the Canterbury region. We asked the golf pro at each of the four courses to share their favourite hole and some tips for the unsuspecting golfer.
Situated in Christchurch in the heart of Canterbury, Terrace Downs Golf Resort is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top five golf clubs for its course layout and is the only high country course to make the grade. Designed by Sid Puddicombe, the 18-hole par 72 championship course is 6,406m (7,006yds) long. The Parkland style front 9 course is sheltered with a ‘Woodland’ feel. The links style back 9 course is described as having a ‘Scottish’ feel with its open and tranquil setting.
Since its official opening in 2001, the course has continually received countless international and national accolades. Terrace Downs is one of few golf courses in New Zealand to be accredited as a Qualmark Activity Provider, assuring you’ll receive and experience only the highest quality throughout your visit. http://www.terracedowns.co.nz/
Michael Bourke, PGA professional
Feature Hole 16
Blue tee 110m
Green (ladies) 92m
Sitting above the Rakaia river and at the base of Mt Hutt, the challenges presented at hole 16 are created by nature itself. Obstacles surround the green with a bunker on the left hand side and infront of the green is the Rakaia gorge which must be played over.
Pegasus Golf and Sports Club
One of the newest and best facilities in the Christchurch area, Pegasus is located to the north of Woodend, about 30 minutes from Christchurch. It is a parklands course with outstanding views of mountains beyond the Canterbury Plains, local water features and the natural wetlands of Pegasus Bay. The course is close the centre of Pegasus town and the golf facility has quickly won a reputation as one of New Zealand's finest courses. http://pegasus-golfclub.co.nz/
Aiden Berry, PGA professional
Feature hole 15
Blue tee 310m
White tee 288m
A deep vegetated gully splits the fairway making either a left or right hand tee shot challenging. A drive across the wetland offers an accommodating angle into the length of the left-to-right sloping green. Choosing to drive down the right-hand fairway still flirts with water, leaving a tricky 50m carry across the gully to the green. The green is undulating and feeds to the gully so beware.
Harewood Golf Club
Situated near Christchurch International Airport, the Harewood Woodlands course has recently been re-designed by Turner McPherson and the challenging new layout has made it a great test for golfers of all abilities. The undulating course offers spectacular views of the Southern Alps. For those who want a little more extra work on their skills, putting, chipping and bunker fairways are available.
Craig Mitchell, PGA professional
Feature hole 5
Blue tee 338m
White tee 300m
The Greg Turner designed course features undulating fairways and greenside swales requiring precision approach shots. Hole 5, not a long par 4, requires golfers to get in a good position off the tee to ensure the best approach because the green is split in two by a swale, or smally valley. To the right and left are flat areas with a very big dip in between providing a challenge whether the pin is placed in the swale or to the right or left hand side of the green.
Christchurch Golf Club
Christchurch Golf Club at Shirley Links is one of New Zealand's oldest clubs, and one of the oldest outside Britain and Ireland. A challenging championship course, Christchurch has held many New Zealand Open and Amateur championships in both men's and women's categories. Situated close to central Christchurch it has as its patron, Sir Bob Charles, winner of The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1963.
Anthony Doyle, PGA professional
Feature hole 13 (Land’s End)
Black tee 485m
Blue tee 448m
Australian women’s coach, Ian Trigg some years ago selected this hole as one of his signature holes in golf and a very challenging one at the Christchurch Colf Club. It’s a long par 5 with out of bounds on the right hand side all the way to the green and the end also features out of bounds to the left of the green creating one of the narrowest approach shots on the course. The green itself presents a challenge – with a two metre elevation and false front, unlucky golfers will find the ball rolling back to their feet if not precise with the third shot. To add to the challenges Christchurch’s prevailing easterly wind makes an already difficult hole even longer with a strong shot into the wind off the tee and down the fairway. Anthony’s advice – you’ll need a precision game with the right club selection for each shot to score well on this hole.
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