North Otago Golf Club

Beach Road,

Oamaru, Otago

  • Office

    +64 (0)3 434 6169
  • Pro shop

    +64 (0)3 434 5531
  • Golf pro

    Bruce Tourell

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and oceanside (Pacific Ocean).

  • Designer:


SSS or slope






How to get there:

115 km N of Dunedin / 2 km S of Oamaru.

Coming into the centre of Oamaru on Hwy 1 (Thames St), turn off Hwy 1 at War Memorial and continue on Thames St. After o.5 km at St Luke's Anglican Church, turn right into Itchen St. After 100 m turn left into Wharfe St. After 1.5 km continue into Beach Rd, direction Kakanui. After 1.5 km golf is on your right.

North Otago Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1974

North Otago Golf Club: A blind drive and four short par-4s get you started on this very pleasant parkland layout, which later will enthral you with its coastal and Pacific Ocean views. The undulating layout, hilly at times, flatter at others, will give your legs a good stretch, commencing with an uphill climb at the par-4 3rd.

Most holes here are relatively open in character, especially those between the par-4 13th and par-4 16th, which run alongside the mighty Pacific Ocean. A liberal scattering of large mature pines and assorted recent plantings can create a more tree-lined feel on several holes.

Hitting the small, firm greens is one thing, staying on them is quite another. Tricky slopes and run-offs present an excellent short-game test, while playing from just off the greens can often involve digging your ball out of quite difficult grassy rough. All in all, careful approach work is needed to follow up those straight tee shots.

If your scoring is not quite going to plan, you can just stand back and take in the lovely ocean and countryside views. You might also tune-in to the chatter and twitter of the many finches and other small birds residing in those tall fairway-hugging pines.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Worth booking ahead to ensure tee-time availability, especially at weekends.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The town of Oamaru is noted for its two penguin colonies, one of Blue Penguins, the other of Yellow-Eye Penguins. Every night of the year at dusk you can treat yourself to the wonderful sight of these small penguins coming ashore after their day fishing at sea (for details contact Oamaru Information Centre or any local motel or B&B).


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    41 Towey St, Oamaru, Otago.

    +64 (0)3 434 7939

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    Pen-y-bryn Lodge was built as a private residence in 1889 for local businessman John Bulleid and his wife, Fanny. Pen-y-bryn is Welsh for “Top of the Hill” and indeed the house sits atop South Hill, one of Oamaru’s most sought-after districts. Reputed to be the largest single-storey timber dwelling in Australasia, the house has kept true to its Victorian heritage and today offers discerning guests the perfect combination of old world elegance and modern amenities.

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    115 Thames Street, Oamaru, Otago.

    +64 (0)3 433 0480

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    Built in 1881, the 49-room Brydone Hotel Oamaru is located in the historic town centre of Oamaru. Offering free parking and a range of room types, the hotel is a short drive from the Little Blue Penguin Colony and the Whitestone Cheese Factory.

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