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.