THE COURSE

An introduction to the Whakatane Golf Course

Although quite close to the sea, we have been described as a 'parkland' course rather than a 'links' course. Generally the fairways are flat or undulating and most of the greens are reasonably accommodating for approach shots, but there are a few where accuracy is essential. Tee shots on 7 holes can find their way out of bounds. Bunkers are numerous, but there are no water hazards. In summary, the general perception of members and visitors alike is that our Whakatane course is not difficult, but it's not easy either!

Detailed comments and photos on a hole by hole basis are available for viewing.

Distances from tee to green in metres. Click to enlarge
Distances from tee to green in metres. Click to enlarge

OUR COURSE RATINGS

New Zealand scratch indices are as follows:

  • Men Blue Tees - 71.4 (Slope index 114)
  • Men White Tees - 68.9 (Slope index 111)
  • Ladies White Tees - 75.5 (Slope index 126)
  • Ladies Yellow Tees - 72.4 (Slope index 118)

The majority of competitions for men are played off the white tees and the ladies off the yellow tees.

Pars 4 & 5 holes have coloured distance from centre of green markers set in their fairways: Blue - 180 metres; White - 135 metres; Red - 100 metres

LOCAL RULES

See our notice board near the Pro Shop for full details of local rules, permanent & temporary.

 

OUT OF BOUNDS—Beyond all boundary fences & white stakes/paint around the clubhouse area

 

ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS (GUR) (Rule 25) - Any area bounded by white lines and/or the letters “GUR”.

The maintenance sheds identified by blue stakes and white line.

 

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24.2) -

Staked trees—players MUST take relief without penalty.

The roadway which runs from the 10th tee to the maintenance sheds.

 

EMBEDDED BALL (Rule 24-2) - Relief is extended “Through the green” (See page 127 Rules of Golf)

 

CLEAN & PLACE (WHEN PERMITTED)—Applies to a ball lying on any ‘closely mown area’ of the hole being played. Ball may be lifted, cleaned & placed within 15cm of where it originally lay.

 

Whakatane's 'Signature' 16th
Whakatane's 'Signature' 16th