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.

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.  Bunkers are numerous, but there are no water hazards.

We pride ourselves on being a Championship Course with  our supurb fast greens, and have fairway watering so offer lush fairways.

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


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