Inside Golf Travel : IG Travel January 2015
8 INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL | January 2015 chrisTchurch Clearwater Golf Club Wanaka Golf Club clearwaTer Golf cluB Clearwater Golf Club has come a long way in a short time and it is hard to imagine that less than two decades ago there were no beautifully manicured greens and fairways, no buildings and no water to be seen. It was always the dream of designer John Darby (known also for his work at The Hills and Millbrook) to create a course that would test some of the world’s top players. He enlisted the help of the legendary golfer Sir Bob Charles to turn his vision into reality and in an incredibly short period of time Clearwater has achieved this aim. Prior to becoming household names, Major champions Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson are just two of the golfers to have enjoyed the challenges of Clearwater. More recently as the venue for the ISPS HANDA NZ Women’s Open, Clearwater welcomed women’s golf star Lydia Ko as winner, while still an amateur, in 2013 and runner-up in 2014 (one of her earliest professional events). John Darby’s layout meanders around a succession of spring-fed lakes and trout- filled streams, a perfect natural stress- reliever and calming influence should your round not be unfolding quite as you had hoped. layout, with great value for money. Measuring 5753m (blues) and 5474m (whites) the course isn’t long by modern standards, but careful course management and the ability to shape your shots is important if you want to score well. The small greens and natural contours of the land also present their own challenge, so playing safe to the middle of the greens is recommended. It’s also important to try and keep your eye on the ball, as the spectacular views across the town and lake to Mount Aspiring National Park are some of the best in New Zealand, and can certainly add an extra distraction to your game. The two nines are very different. The front-nine, which was established in the 1930s, features an undulating layout with small greens nestled amongst the rolling terrain. The back nine, which was added across the road in 1967, is much longer and slightly flatter—but no less spectacular. The club has progressed significantly in the past decade with capital improvements and course upgrades, making it one of the most scenic and playable courses around. Green fees are a modest $80, and the club features all the usual facilities you’d expect from a quality club, including club and cart hire, fully-stocked pro shop and a café and bar. Phone: +64 3 443 7888 Email: email@example.com Web: www.wanakagolf.co.nz One Of the wOrld’s mOst picturesque gOlf cOurses Bar and cafe Open 7 days / Bring the family and enjOy the view extensive range Of queenstOwn gOlf cluB lOgO’d merchandise Queenstown Golf Club - Peninsula Road, Kelvin Heights | Tee Time Bookings: +64 3 442 9169 | www.queenstowngolf.co.nz VisitorsarewelcomeeVerydayoftheyear,reserVationsarerecommended.Youwillnotbedisappointed!
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