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At the Whakatane Golf Club we are fortunate to possess one of the finest golf courses in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. With our fast running greens and lush forgiving fairways, the course (See PANORAMIC VIEWS) offers golfers, at all levels, a challenging and rewarding 18 holes. Our par 70, 6009m course is located 10 minutes from the town centre, adjacent to the airport.
The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its great weather and Whakatane regularly comes top of the table for annual hours of sunshine in New Zealand. For golfing VISITORS and their families there are many other attractions in the area, including close-by Whale Island and White Island, New Zealand's active volcano, accessible by tourist vessels and by air.
Special Events include major regional and national championships annually. Our national veterans tournaments even attract entrants from overseas. During 2011 we were pleased to welcome competitors to the Bay of Plenty Open Championship in August and ladies from all over New Zealand for the Toro Inter-Provincial Championship in December.
Attracting NEW MEMBERS is a high priority. For potential new members who might be beginners, the Club organises free 'Have a Go Days' when people have the game explained and hit some balls, just to see if they might like it. Choices of joining packages are offered, recognising that circumstances vary for different people.
The Pro Shop, staffed by Paul and Chris Gundersen, is the only fully stocked golf equipment store in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Apart from the range of various clubs, balls, accessories, bags, trundlers, mens and ladies clothing, they will repair your old clubs or customise new clubs to suit your specific requirements. As Paul says, "You name it, we can get it!"
We have excellent club-house FACILITIES, including the traditional "19th Hole" lounge bar and a restaurant/cafeteria serving tasty home-made snacks and meals. These facilities are available to non-members for special functions such as weddings, dinners, business seminars, or for package deals including golf, prizegiving and entertainment.
Encouraging the young of Whakatane to take up golf is very important. Junior memberships are intended to be affordable for all. Regional junior tournaments are organised regularly. See our JUNIORS page.