Clearwater Golf Club

Clearwater Ave, off Johns Rd,

Harewood, Christchurch, Cantebury 8052

  • Office

    +64 (0)3 360 2146
  • Pro shop

    +64 (0)3 360 2146
  • Fax

    +64 (0)3 360 2134
  • Golf pro

    Carl Brooking (PGA, Head Professional)

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.

SSS or slope






How to get 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.

Clearwater Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 2002

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.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


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).

Published ranking

New Zealand's 23rd best course (Australian Golf Digest, 2023/24).


  • Peppers Clearwater Resort5-star

    Clearwater Ave, Harewood, Christchurch

    +64 (0)3 360 1009

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    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:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Russley; Waitikiri; Christchurch

    • Golf within 30 km:


  • Copthorne Hotel Commodore - Christchurch Airport4-star

    449 Memorial Ave, Christchurch

    +64 (0)3 358 8129

    Visit website

    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.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Russley (less than 1 km); Clearwater Resort

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Christchurch; Waitikiri; Pegasus

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