Eisenhower team and individual winner, 2002 PGA winner, international golf commentator and proud Kiwi, Phil Tataurangi shared some special insights in a video on the courses to host the Golden Oldies World Golf Festival four course challenge in April 2018.
Phil has played the four very different courses a number of times over the years and recounted his personal thoughts on his favourite holes on each course along with a tip or two on how to play them.
Terrace Downs is in a truly wonderful setting, according to Phil. High up in the Rakaia Gorge at the foothills of the Southern Alps’ splendid Mt Hutt, the stunning location of this Scottish highlands style course can be a real distraction.
Thirty minutes north of Christchurch is the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club, one of the newer courses in Canterbury. Phil noted that, like Terrace Downs, nature is one of the features of the Christine Kerr-designed course, warning golfers to be wary of the nor’easter wind which can prove challenging.
Harewood Golf Course is one for golfers who like to hit straight. Phil described Harewood as a parklands style course, renovated by Greg Turner and Scott McPherson about five years ago and boasting 18 brand new tees.
History and heritage are the real features of the Christchurch Golf Club, the second oldest in New Zealand dating back to 1873. The club has hosted NZ Open Championships, Amateur Championships and the 1992 Eisenhower Cup at which the New Zealand team, including Phil, finished second.
To gain some insights into Phil’s favourite holes at each course check out the video on the home page of www.christchurchgoldenoldies.com.
The Golden Oldies Courses:
Pegasus Golf & Sports Club
Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is just north of Christchurch and close to the centre of Pegasus town. Renowned for one of the best golf courses in New Zealand, Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is set against a diverse and breathtaking landscape of mountains, water features and the natural wetlands of Pegasus Bay.
The club has been designed to create a fantastic experience for every level of golfer, and for non-golfers too. As well as a magnificent 18 hole championship course it features a range of excellent facilities including a driving range, practice greens, pro shop, tennis courts, and a well-equipped gymnasium. You’ll also find good food and a warm welcome at The Bunker Bar & Cafe.
Pegasus Golf & Sports Club offers a range of membership options. Membership is open to residents and non-residents. To become a member call 03 920 3300 or email us using the form below.
Terrace Downs was voted the top golf resort in New Zealand in the 2010 World Travel Awards. Offering guests an 18-hole championship golf course, this challenging par 72 course offers a choice of four tees on each hole and incorporates 10 lakes and over 60 bunkers. The spectacular views pose a constant challenge for players to keep their eye on the ball! Terrace Downs also features deluxe accommodation, a selection of dining areas serving signature high country cuisine, and a range of unique high country activities. For all enquiries, please contact the pro shop on phone +64 03 317 9370 or email email@example.com
Christchurch Golf Club
Overlooking the green vista of the iconic Shirley Links golf course, with floor to ceiling glass, Christchurch Golf Club’s newly-built clubhouse is designed for spectacular views from every room. And covered verandas accessible from all rooms, make for great outdoor spaces to sit back, relax and soak up the views.
The Pro Shop can also help you with advice, club hire and lessons: from beginners through to seasoned players keen to perfect their game.
The Club Professional is Anthony Doyle.
For more information please call 03 385 2738 (Pro Shop and tee bookings), 03 385 9506 (Club Management) on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harewood Golf Club
Harewood Golf Club is proud to offer you the Woodlands Course, a challenging, and contrasting golf course. The Woodlands course is very well drained and has excellent greens, year round. The fairways seem relatively flat but are, in fact, deceptively undulating. When you add in the spectacular views of the Southern Alps and the Port Hills in the background, you’re sure to enjoy your day.
To help you warm up, there is a new practice area including a putting, chipping and bunker facility with large practice fairways available for use, including a 23 bay Driving Range. This is available for use by the General Public as well as Members.
Conveniently located just minutes from Christchurch’s city centre and within close proximity to the airport. Phone: (03) 359 8843.