- 1st Fairway (Nelsons) - Ladies 273m. Men 296m (par 4). The long hitters may try and drive this green but the trees and OB can take their toll. All others need to keep right of centre for a good angle to the green. The massive tree on the left means you must be careful approaching this green.
- 2nd Hole (Smiths) - Ladies 258m. Men 201m (par 4). Big drives can reach this green however the OB is not far to the left as is the bunker with trees on the right. The bank which comes into play for the shorter players means you may need to aim for old man's gully (the hollow in the bank on the left). This is a difficult green to putt.
- 3rd Hole (Ridge) - Ladies 362m (par 5). Men 379m (par 4). A famous hole in NZ golf. A minimum carry of 125m for the ladies and 142m for men is required to clear the bank with the drive. The long hitters need to keep the ball in the narrow neck between the poplars. The yardage to the pin is important as the dead ground in front of the green deceives most players. The 2nd shot is difficult because of trees both sides and steep drops either side of the fairway.
- 4th Hole (River) - Ladies 165m. Men 191m (par 3). A straight forward long par 3. The sloping green means that chipping from anywhere other than the front is tricky.
- 5th Hole (Tareha's) - Ladies 338m. Men 379m (par 4). Drive should be just left of centre. Long hitters drive over the bank but must be careful of the trees on the right. All others down the middle is best.
- 6th Hole (Willows) - Ladies 338m. Men 361m (par 4). Long hitters need to be careful of going too far left. 15m inside the poplar tree is best. The bank is a major obstacle for the club golfer and if you cannot get up the bank then short on the left side is best. The entrance to the green is guarded by trees left and a hollow on the right. This is also a sloping green and can be tricky putting.
- 7th Hole (Mannering's) - Ladies 105m. Men 147m (par 3). A straight forward par 3. Bunkered front right and middle left. Club selection is the key here and beware of the wind channelled by the trees.
- 8th Hole (Shirley's) - Ladies 432m. Men 461m (par 5). Long hitters have a good chance of birdying this hole. The tree lined fairway means a straight drive is required. Yardage into the green can be tricky as the bunkers in front make the green look closer than it is.
- 9th Hole (Waiohiki) - Ladies 418m. Men 441m (par 5). This fairway is wider than it looks but be aware of the OB on the right. A draw shot is preferable here. Again a good chance for a birdie for the low handicappers. The two tier green means you neeed to be on the right level for an easy putt. The bunker in front again makes the green look closer than it is so club yourself correctly. Higher handicappers will need to keep down the left side and hit their approach over the bunker in front.
- 10th Hole (Crosse's) - Ladies 338m (par 5). Men 356m (par 4). This is a demanding par 4 for men but an easier par 5 for ladies. The longer hitter must fade the drive for best results, getting the ball as far right as poissible without catching the right fairway bunker. Shorter hitters keep a little left off the tee then right side for 2nd shot and pitch up for 3rd. This is the most difficult green of all to putt.
- 11th Hole (Bunker) - Ladies 138m. Men 140m (par 3). This par 3 has a very long green, bunkered both sides and a hollow on the right side of the green. It is more difficult from the traps on the left as the green runs away from you.
- 12th Hole (Oasis) - Ladies 430m. Men 438m (par 5). Again a very good birdie or eagle chance here. If you can carry the left hand bunker off the tee (212m) with a draw then middle iron is all you need to the green. For the rest, keep just right of the bunker, down the middle then pitch onto green. Once agian the bunker on right is well short of the greeen deceiving the eye with distance.
- 13th Hole (Terrace) - Ladies 311m. Men 398m (par 4). This is a long par 4 for the ladies with a tricky driving area. Too long will block your 2nd shot but laying up leaves a big shot to the green. The scratch male player can hit into the same corner but needs to be careful of the OB on the right all the way to the green. Any hooks into the bank make this hole even harder. For average hitters, two steady shots down the middle and a good approach is best. The green has some deceptive breaks in it.
- 14th Hole (Return) - Ladies 292m. Men 341m (par 4). The scratch players need to be careful not to drive through the dog leg. A fade into the corner will set you up for a good birdie chance. Average hitters will need to try and keep a little left off the tee so they can get a shot at the green for their 2nd. This is a 2 tier green which slopes a lot down the front tier. There is also a big drop off the left hand side if you pull or hook your 2nd.
- 15th Hole (Kurupo's) - Ladies 152m. Men 170m (par 3). This is the most difficult par 3 green which falls away both sides. If you were to miss the green it is better to be front right. The left hand side is a very difficult place to come in from.
- 16th Hole (Pah) - Ladies 314m. Men 384m (par 4). A tough dog leg left with a sloping green bunkered front right and on the left. The long hitters need to draw the ball around the corner; however the trees on the left are very penalising. Average hitters simply needs to follow the fairway without getting too far left. The green is exposed and very affected by any cross winds.
- 17th Hole (Junction) - Ladies 399m. Men 432m (par 5). Another short par 5. A straight away drive will set up a birdie chance. The rought can get deceptiverly thick on the right. The bunker on the right by the green is again short deceiving the actual distance to the pin. the green is long and slopes at the back. Quite a hard green to read.
- 18th Hole (Nirae's) - Ladies 305m. Men 347m (par 4). This is very much a risk and reward hole. You must draw it round the corner if you want a shorter shot to the green. However if you hit it straight you will almost certainly be OB. Average players need to keep it straight and be aware the two mounds short of the green make it look closer. There are several subtle breaks in the green to be aware of. The back right pin placement is the toughest.
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