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Whakatane Golf Club

Golf Links Rd,

Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

  • Office

    +64 (0)7 308 8117
  • Pro shop

    +64 (0)7 308 7921
  • Fax

    +64 (0)7 308 0247
  • Golf pro

    Grant James
  • Academy

    Whakatane Golf Centre

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

SSS or slope






How to get there:

72 km E of Tauranga

From the western side of Whakatane take direction Tauranga / Airport. Approx 4 km outside Whakatane turn right into Thornton Road. After o.5 km turn right into Golf Links Road. After 1.5 km turn left into golf.

Whakatane Golf Club

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

Est. 1932

Whakatane Golf Club: Sheltered from and out of sight of the sea, Whakatane feels and looks more like a parkland layout than a traditional links course - you'll see farmland views rather than sea views from the course. The terrain is very gently undulating, easy walking, with a nice variety of trees and flowers adorning the course - the trees never too dense to make ball-finding difficult. The combination of taller, more mature trees on the back nine, and a more interesting layout gives the back nine the edge over the front in terms of golfing interest and challenge - even though it is a par-34 to the front nine's 36. Straight hitting would definitely help your scoring here, with the first five holes all gun-barrel straight, and several later holes as well. Greenkeeping is generally very good, the greens even-paced and not too slopey, with good bunkering around them.
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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

Overseas visitor fee, 18-holes: NZ$35.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

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

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Whakatane is a place rich in Maori history, known as the birthplace of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud). It was here that the great Polynesian navigator Toi te Huatahi first landed. The remains of his pa (fortress), on the highest point of the Whakatane Heads, is now the site of the Wairaka Marae. Two centuries later, another great Polynesian canoe, Mataatua, landed here bringing with it the kumara plant. This was to become the staple diet of the Maori throughout NZ and is still a popular vegetable today. With magnificant beaches and bays, Whakatane, enjoys a reputation as one of the three sunniest spots in the country. Whakatane is pronounced "Fuckatanee" - no kidding !


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