Charles Tour

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - NEWS -

The first event of the sea­son

starts on Thurs­day 5 Oc­to­ber at Hare­wood in Christchurch, again spon­sored by John Jones Steel.

Hare­wood Golf Club now has the Wood­lands Course. It was re­cently re­designed by Turner McPher­son and it is a chal­leng­ing, and con­trast­ing golf course. The Wood­lands course is very well drained and has ex­cel­lent year-round greens. The fair­ways at first glance seem rel­a­tively flat but they are, in fact, de­cep­tively un­du­lat­ing. The 18 new Greens and 18 new tee com­plexes, as well as a chal­leng­ing new lay­out, will be cer­tainly a great test for en­trants.

When you add in the spec­tac­u­lar views of the South­ern Alps and the Port Hills in the back­ground this will be an event to en­joy.

Then the fol­low­ing week is the Au­gusta Funds Man­age­ment Ng­amotu Clas­sic in New Ply­mouth.

Es­tab­lished in 1912 on the out­skirts of Taranaki's main cen­tre of New Ply­mouth, the club is a clas­sic par-72 lay­out and a su­perb golf chal­lenge. It has been the venue of four New Zealand Open cham­pi­onships and numer­ous na­tional and pro­vin­cial am­a­teur events.

Ng­amotu is de­signed so that both nines sweep out from the club­house in two gi­ant loops, which means that no mat­ter which way the wind is blow­ing, there will be ad­ven­ture for play­ers at some time or other dur­ing each round.

This is par­tic­u­larly the case with Ng­amotu's four par three holes, which are re­garded as among the best in the coun­try. Not only do they range widely in their lengths, but they all point in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions of the com­pass.

Ng­amotu's mod­ern course fea­tures wa­ter on three of the holes while many of the greens are large and con­toured so they can be a true test of a golfer's putting abil­ity.

Their name, Ng­amotu, is Maori for "The Is­lands", and refers to the is­lands which lie just off the New Ply­mouth shore­line. These is­lands are in full view when play­ing the holes at the sea­ward end of the golf course.

These are both strong events that de­serve sup­port if you are in the area on those dates.

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