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.

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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.

 

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Several holes have retained their traditional parkland style.

 

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Many holes have been beautifully 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!

 

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Well presented 18th with the magnificent Clubhouse behind.

 

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