Pegasus is the name of a new satellite city north of Christchurch in New Zealand.
It is also the name of the golf course that was part of the masterplanning process. The full name of the course is Pegasus Golf & Sports Club, and it opened for play late in 2009.
The course was designed by Kristine Kerr from Kura Designs, and has already hosted tournaments such as the Women's NZ Open to critical acclaim.
Kerr is experienced in master planning for golf and residential communities and has created a good course from uninspiring land. The course is well bunkered throughout with generous fairways and good use of low lying marshland and water hazards..
The bunkering is a highlight of the design, and frames the wide fairways nicely. The green complexes are relatively simple but some pins positions will require thoughtful approaches from the right areas of those broad fairways to take advantage.
The round starts with a delightful short par 4, but it is the back nine where the course really gets interesting
Notable holes include:
- hole 10- a short par 4 which doglegs left around a water hazard and marshland
- hole 11- a pretty par 3 with water in play
- hole 15- a short strategic par 4 with a split fairway. It is a unique hole
- hole 17- a gorgeous short par 4 played from an elevated tee to a fairway with water and marshland very much in play
Pegasus was designed very much with the average golfer in mind. The fairways are wide, and most will be able to keep their ball in play and play at a reasonable clip. However Kerr has done a good job of also making the game interesting for the better player, with pins more accessible from certain angles, rewarding the thinking golfer.
It is also an attractive course, and just a nice place to play!
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