Royal Wellington at Heretaunga was established in 1895 and the Club has hosted 6 New Zealand Opens. Well known caddy Steve Williams is a local and at his first major tournament, Williams caddied for Peter Thomson in the 1976 NZ Open at the Heretaunga course.

Royal Wellington GC- the very attractive dog leg first holeRoyal Wellington GC- the very attractive dog leg first hole

 

 

Over recent years, the course was remodelled by Greg Turner and Scott McPherson and reopened in February 2014. 

The Heretaunga course has a traditional parkland design with 4 brand new holes, 9 use the original corridors and 5 holes remain untouched from their original design.

All 18 holes feature new greens with hole placements testing the golfer with varying local wind conditions.

 

Royal Wellington GC- some of the hole shave retained a parkland feelRoyal Wellington GC- some of the hole shave retained a parkland feel

 

 

Royal Wellington GC- some holes have been completely remodelledRoyal Wellington GC- some holes have been completely remodelled

 

 

The new layout has 5 tees catering for golfers of all levels. 

Distances and slope ratings are Black 6,601m (131), Blue 6,152 (129), 5,780 (129), Green 5,123 (113) and Yellow 4,368 (102).

I joined an afternoon comp with a large group of retirees playing off the green tees. 

This was an easy introduction to Heretaunga and a particularly enjoyable day as I was warmly welcomed by the group especially at the 19th hole!

 

Royal Wellington GC- the 18th green & clubhouseRoyal Wellington GC- the 18th green & clubhouse

 

 

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