Located in the Canterbury Plains, an hour west of Christchurch, Terrace Downs Resort opened 18 holes for play in 1999.
Previously the property was used as a sheep and cattle farm, but was purchased in 1990 by Japanese professional golfer Shinnosuke Saito.
Saito engaged Canadian firm Puddicombe Golf Design to design and build a golf course on the gently undulating terrain bordering the Rakaia River Gorge (with Mt Hutt in the background). David Cox assisted with the back nine.
It really is a magnificent setting, and a nice place to stay a few days with quality accommodation and dining on offer- all with a view!
The golf course is pretty good too, and not just because of the back drop. It is a testing layout for all levels of golfer. There are a number of memorable holes, and most of the back nine is pretty dramatic in one way or the other. But the signature hole is definitely the par 3 sixteenth hole along the gorge.
Notable holes include:
- the par 3 fourth hole protected by water and sand
- the pictureque par 3 tenth hole, with elevated tee looking down to a green hugging the water
- the long dogleg par 4 eleventh hole with water protecting both sides of the fairway and skyline green
- the 'Cape hole' fifteenth hole with grassy lake demanding a decision off the tee as to line and length
- the dramatic short par 3 sixteenth hole with both and green hugging the rim of the gorge
Terrace Downs High Country Resort is a fabulous place to stay.
The accommodation is classy and the meals are top notch. With spa facilities on site, waterfalls to see, gorge walks, and golf- it is a lovely place to stay
And the golf course will certainly have you wanting to return
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golf trip to Christchurch to suit your group.
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