On the Tee: Golf New Zealand

On the Tee: Golf New Zealand Podcast

Hosted by Tom Hyde and Brendan Telfer

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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The Rangatira Golf Club

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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The Rangatira Golf Club

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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The Rangatira Golf Club

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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The Rangatira Golf Club

What’s Up At Muriwai?

Muriwai Beach Golf Club is one of the most rustic, charming golf links in New Zealand. With the Tasman Sea lapping at its shoreline, the club has overcome some serious (and expensive) re-routing and is today one of the most successful clubs in the country with a sold out membership and waiting list. Our hosts speak with long time President Malcolm Cooper and GM Andrew Jackson.

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The Joy of Golf with John Hart

Sir Bob Charles has Ideas to Improve the Game

Sir Bob Charles, unquestionably New Zealand’s greatest golfer, now 84 years old and still playing when the temperature rises above 15C, joins our hosts from his home in at the Clearwater Resort in Christchurch to reflect on his marathon 1963 Open Championship victory, legendary players he played with, and rule changes he would like to see to speed up the game and make it more fun. Who was the best putter of all in his day? Tune in and find out.

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