On the Tee: Golf New Zealand

On the Tee: Golf New Zealand Podcast

Hosted by Tom Hyde and Brendan Telfer
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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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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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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Sir Bob Charles has Ideas to Improve the Game

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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Sir Bob Charles has Ideas to Improve the Game

The Covid-19 Surprise for NZ Golf

Jason Gulasekharam, the Media and Communications Manager for NZ Golf, and a talented amateur player himself, reports a very surprising statistic reflecting participation in golf since the end of the Lockdown.  As well, Jason outlines the plans for the re-start of the Charles Tour that tees off at the Muriwai Beach Golf Club on July 30, leaving our hosts to reminisce about their days playing that wonderful West Coast links in all kinds of weather.

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Sir Bob Charles has Ideas to Improve the Game

What Now For Mark Brown?

Mark Brown, one of New Zealand’s most accomplished professionals, has retired from touring. Brown, who won just about every NZ amateur title there is before turning pro, reached a world rank of 57 winning on both the Australasian Tour and the European Tour. He talks with our hosts about those halcyon days travelling the globe and what’s its like now that he’s settled back in New Zealand and looking to spend more time coaching and raising a young family.

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COVID-19 & the Future of Professional Golf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lockdown is over and now that New Zealand is among the first countries in the world to open up, top Kiwi and European Tour professional, Ryan Fox, talks with Brendan Telfer and Tom Hyde about what he’s been up to during his forced time off from the game and what he knows about the European Tour schedule that’s believed to be targeting a July re-start with the British Masters.

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