On the Tee: Golf New Zealand

On the Tee: Golf New Zealand Podcast

Hosted by Tom Hyde and Brendan Telfer
What’s Up at Gulf Harbour?

What’s Up at Gulf Harbour?

Gulf Harbour Country Club, site of the 1998 World Cup of Golf, and one of the most scenic courses in New Zealand, has been up and down. At one stage, members were forced to buy the club off its discredited owner. Our hosts talk with current Director of Golf, Frazer Bond, to find out where things are at today.

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The Death of Oreti Sands

Oreti Sands, a links course at the very bottom of the South Island, often called “the southern most golf course in the world” and one highly praised by both domestic and international golf writers, closed for good two years ago. After various attempts to re-open,  the club is no more. Our hosts talk to Andy Fraser, a former member and one of the last remaining volunteers, to find out what happened.

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What’s Up at Gulf Harbour?

The Rangatira Golf Club

What’s unique about the Rangatira Golf Club? Our hosts speak with greenskeeper and club record holder (65) Richie Nimmo about a feature on the 18th hole unlike any in the rest of the country. As well, they find out what’s going on at the club and how they managed an upgrade, demanded by council, that cost them $150,000.

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What’s Up at Gulf Harbour?

2020: Was it All Bad for Golf?

Our hosts look back at 2020 and consider the impact of Covid-19 on golf in New Zealand and around the world.  Certainly professional tours lost their galleries and it was strange watching television coverage without the usual fan reactions. But then recreational golf experienced a mini-boom in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, individual stars had their ups and down, none more so than Tiger Woods.

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What’s Up at Gulf Harbour?

How to Design a Golf Course

Greg Turner, once New Zealand’s best player on the European PGA Tour, has become New Zealand’s foremost golf course designer whose projects include the expansion of Millbrook Resort into a stunning 27-hole layout. He talks to Brendan Telfer about his design approach and what it takes to build a beautiful golf course for all handicappers.

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