Wanaka, Otago 9192
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (esp on front-nine).
Rural countryside and residential.
70 km NE of Queenstown
ENTERING Wanaka from the south (via the Crown Range alpine road from Queenstown) : after city limit sign, at 50 km speed limit sign, turn right into Golf Course Road. After 1 km turn left into Ballantyne Road. After 100 m golf is on your left. ENTERING Wanaka from the north and east (from Hwy 6) : take Hwy 84 direction Wanaka. After 3 km turn left into Ballantyne Road. After 300 m golf is on your right.
Wanaka Golf Club: Slightly contrasting front and back nines make up this very absorbing golf course, perched just above the water sports and ski playground of Wanaka. The feel here is distinctly Alpine. The front nine has the better views over Lake Wanaka (about 1 km away) and the stunning high mountain peaks beyond; it is also more undulating and has a more open feel than the back nine. The back nine, although flatter, and with less lake views, has the more interesting golf holes - mainly played under the shadow of the aptly named Mount Iron. The often small and conspicuously circular greens are very good quality, as is the overall standard of greenkeeping. Although bunkering is quite limited and there are no water hazards to speak of, Wanaka will give golfers of all levels a thorough examination - especially so off the back tees.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Worth booking ahead to ensure tee-time availability, especially at weekends.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spikes preferred. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts and excellent quality clubs available for hire.
Wanaka is a busy holiday resort, with winter skiing in the Triple Cone and Cardrona snowfields (among others), and plenty of year-round water sports on the huge Lake Wanaka.
2020 NZ Golf Digest rating: 50th best course in New Zealand.
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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