Harewood Golf Club

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General Comment/Aesthetics:

While there are an abundance of golf courses in Christchurch, few of them provide much in the way of golfing excitement.  Certainly Harewood would never have been high on the list of “to play” courses until recently.  That is until a major redesign and renovation project around 2010.  The old course (The Woodlands) has been transformed from narrow, pine tree lined blandness with small, poorly conditioned greens to a much more expansive environment with some of the most interesting greens in NZ. 

The majority of Christchurch is built on the Canterbury Plain and as a consequence there isn’t much in the way or elevation change.  That said, the small river terraces that abound do, in places, provide some quite interesting undulation.  This is certainly the case at Harewood where there are enough humps, hollows, small terraces and their associated banks to make for more variety than is first apparent.
While there has been an extensive tree removal campaign there are still plenty of good specimens around.

Design/Architecture:

The Woodlands Course has recently undergone a complete revamp under the watchful eye of our very own golf consultant Greg Turner.  The outcome has been a transformation of the playing experience.  While most of the original playing corridors have been utilised, many trees were removed to facilitate a much more expansive and strategic approach.  The green complexes are particularly interesting and the sand constructions make them generally free draining all year round. All in all Harewood may now be the most interesting of the Christchurch courses.

Favourite Holes:

The 2nd hole is a driveable par 4 that asks all of the questions you would imagine of such a hole. The short par 4 fifth has one of the most interesting greens in the country (reminiscent of something from North Berwick).  And the par 5 sixteenth will tease even the longer hitter

Facilities:

The club is reasonably well served in most senses albeit that most elements are functional rather than stylish.  And for those who follow sport, you may recognise the clubs GM as former NZ cricketer and Canterbury rugby rep Rod Latham.

Conclusion:

We wouldn’t necessarily recommend stopping in Christchurch purely from a golfing perspective but is you’re there for other reasons then Harewood will provide you with an interesting days golf.


Greg Turner

​Greg Turner needs no introduction from his origins as an elite amateur in New Zealand, competing in the Eisenhower Trophy in 1982 and 1984, Greg became a professional and spent 18 years on the world’s golf stage, winning 12 events internationally (including 4 in Europe, 3 in Australia, 2 NZ Opens and a NZPGA). He represented NZ on numerous occasions at World and Dunhill Cups, Australasia in the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Challenge and was a member of the victorious International Team in the 1998 Presidents Cup.

Greg is a tireless supporter of the game of golf. With this hat on he has had many roles - from establishing a development tour in New Zealand (GTNZ, which went on to become the Charles Tour), he has published numerous articles in many publications, and is very committed to a strategy for promoting New Zealand as a superior Golf Destination for international travellers; a goal that requires both upgrading of many existing facilities to meet the required standard, and widespread international promotion.

Aside from his achievements on the golf course however, Greg has been instrumental to golf in New Zealand through setting up a golf course design and corporate design business and is now working on the New Zealand Tourism, golf strategy board for Tourism New Zealand.


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Greg Turner

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