Clearwater Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Clearwater Golf Club Est. 2002

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Clearwater Golf Club: Aptly named, Clearwater is an excellent resort-style championship course, where water will pose the biggest threat to your score ........ and yes, the water is all surprisingly clear. Most of the resort's real estate is concentrated around the clubhouse, leaving the majority of this open and relatively treeless course with a predominantly natural feel. The front nine will get you used to the excellent condition of the course and take you into an open, linksy landscape, with flattish good-width fairways, copious bunkering and occasional views onto neighbouring rural countryside (and farther afield to the start of New Zealand's Southern Alps). Water comes into play from time to time on the front-nine (not least at the par-4 8th and par-5 9th), but nothing like as much as on the inward nine, where small lakes, ponds and fairway crossing ditches threaten on just about every hole. If water is not visible somewhere out of the corner of your eye, its probably straight in front of you. Among many challenging holes, the par-5 14th demands very precise shotmaking if you are to stay out of the reed-lined water hazards on your hop-skip and jump journey towards the putting surface. As you become engrossed in your game, the occasional passing plane on its way into Christchurch airport will feel like a minor distraction. In the end its the water and John Darby's testing layout that will command your full attention.

At this Stay & Play facility, you can rise from your bed in the morning and head straight for the first tee.

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Making Contact

Clearwater Golf Club
Clearwater Ave, off Johns Rd,
Harewood, Christchurch, Cantebury 8052
New Zealand
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Office   +64 (0)3 360 2146
Pro Shop   +64 (0)3 360 2146

  +64 (0)3 360 2134

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Golf Pro
Carl Brooking (PGA, Head Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Surroundings: Rural countryside, woodland and residential.
Designer: John Darby in consultation with Bob Charles.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6526 5694 4604
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.7 70.8 69.9
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How2Get There?

10 km N of Christchurch centre
From the point where Highways 1 and 74 split to the north of Christchurch, follow Hwy 1 (Johns Road), direction Airport. After 3 km turn right into Clearwater Resort. Follow road for 1 km to golf.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: NZ$175 (non-NZ affiliated, non-resident visitors). [Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play rates and packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Clearwater has frequently played host to top-level tournaments, not least the NZ PGA Championship, which has sometimes been played as US PGA Nationwide and Australasian PGA Tours event (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Clearwater Resort).

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Latitude: (-43.448697)
Longitude: (172.596567)
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Peppers Clearwater Resort 5-star
Clearwater Ave, Harewood, Christchurch
+64 (0)3 360 1009

Peppers' modern lakeside units at Clearwater Resort welcome privacy, relaxation and refined entertaining. Guest rooms, suites, apartments and villas in a contemporary boathouse design offer tranquil water views. At Clearwater you can play the 18-hole championship golf course, dine in the casual elegance of The Lakes Restaurant and enjoy the driving range, practice putting greens, tennis courts, extensive walking trails, on-site fly fishing, and popular Lakes Cafe.

Golf at this hotel Clearwater
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Golf within 10 km Russley; Waitikiri; Christchurch
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Golf within 30 km Pegasus
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Copthorne Hotel Commodore - Christchurch Airport 4-star
449 Memorial Ave, Christchurch
+64 (0)3 358 8129

Located in semi rural grounds just minutes away from Christchurch International Airport, you can relax and unwind at this comfortable Copthorne Hotel. All rooms enjoy views onto the hotel's award winning gardens. Resort style facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium. The in-house restaurant, Pattersons, provides wholesome food at very reasonable prices.

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Golf within 10 km Russley (less than 1 km); Clearwater Resort
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