Whatever has happened in your round, this hole can bring you home with a smile. The shortest par 5 – you hit from an elevated tee between trees lining both sides of the fairway, to a landing area that will uplift you even further.
The strong types can go for the green in two with hope and excitement, (bunkers both sides of the green) but for you mid-handicappers this could be a birdie hole for you too. Lay up to your favourite wedge distance then go for the pin like a pro!!
Hope you have enjoyed the round.
An attractive uphill dogleg left that flattens slightly before a second to an elevated green with pronounced slope from back to front. This hole really aids the longer hitters off the tee as they can make it close to the 135 fairway marker, which takes the kink out of the fairway. If you get distance and accuracy right you can really attack the pin, but you certainly don’t want to be long and come back to the pin placement.
The final par 3.
Take heed of the pin placement. You are hitting at another left to right slopping green. You certainly don’t want to be too far above the hole. It’s stroke 15 and better players are expected to make par.
Straight forward it may be but either of the two ( white ) tee boxes may be used varying the angle and off the Blues it is 179 metres to the centre.
Another view of Tapuaenuku.
Key to this par 4 is a steady drive just left of centre. . Too far right and you are shut out by a stand of trees. The green is wide without disconcerting tilt and the fringe comfortable for bold chipping at the pin placement. Three bunkers guard the greens entrance.
The number one stroke hole (stroke 6 for Women for some reason); uncommon is that the distance between the back tee ( Blue ) and the club tee ( white )is negligible.
It’s an unsettling piece of golf design favouring those with steady nerves and a Hogan like swing. The tee box is only a metre from an out of bounds fence, and runs parallel and close to the fairway on the left hand side, all the way and to the green. Most play away from the trouble, but the fairway is not wide and on the right is a grove of trees. The green is narrow and slopes towards the out of bounds fence. A final tester of a memorable par 4, Rarangi’s toughest. But don’t be discouraged I once saw a 21 handicapper get a birdie and a scratch player make 6.
The Ngaio is a small native evergreen tree, but you will be hard pressed to find one on the edges of the fairways here. Just more pines with annoying hanging branches, making shot play from their shadows and in your face difficult. There is reward if you hit your drive clean and straight and then repeat that easy motion with your second. Low and behold the green a short iron away. This is easy: but wait, ahead another examination for your putting. The green is quicker than others and breaks every cm the ball rolls, as if drawn like a magnetic towards the dreaded marshlands, close at hand.
Player’s do get birdies here, but they are very good ones. The birdies that is, not necessarily the golfers!
After two testing holes, the 12th is the first par 3 on the back nine. There have been more holes in one here than any other par 3 on the course.
You can see why. The green sits on a knoll, does not have any hidden agendas, on a calm day just select your club and attack the flag.
If you don’t make par it will be your fault. But wait: if the wind blows strongly from the west or east , it is a different hole with a strange personality. Golfers have been seen to weep, here.
Seaview, is an oxymoron for the hole’s name.
You may well hear the crashing of the waves on the beach or smell the ozone, but there is no sea view. Attention needs to be zeroed in on the task in hand. This hole is only a pitch shorter than the 10th, but does have the advantage of a fairway that carries it’s width right to the green. The putting service slopes up sharply from front to back which could well have you pondering about club choice, if the pin is at the back. Then again, if the wind is blowing, don’t worry just go for it with everything. The second of two good holes to start the homeward run.
On a clear day you can see Tapuaenuku, the highest mountain outside the Southern Alps, in winter it looks like a big ice cream.
From the tee, the green can look as far away as the mountain sometimes, especially into a brisk wind from the west.
This is a testing hole for even the best, the longest men’s par 4 on the course, and a par 5 for the women, the fairway fans out from the tee and then narrows down100 metres from the green, between two rows of pine trees.
There are lots of alternate pin placements on this large listing green, adding pressure on the shot makers who have the game to get there in two.
From the tee to the back of the green everything on this hole slopes gently away from the golfer.
A good drive sets up the hole and eliminates most of the worries.
For some reason this hole always seems to play longer than it looks, it also can be affected by the wind coming off Cloudy Bay, from the east.
While the green annoyingly can produce some subtle breaks that are hard to read, although it’s not one of those dreaded tilters. A good par 4 to end the front 9.