Harewood Golf Club
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.
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.
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
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.
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.