Geraldine is a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, located on the Inland Scenic Route (72) in the heart of the South Island (1.5 hours from Christchurch). The town boasts 2 golf courses and is close to many others, making it the perfect base for a golfing holiday. The area is easy to navigate, distances between courses are short and the terrain is easy with attractive course layouts.
South Canterbury hospitality is warm and welcoming, with visitors being well looked after. All the golf courses in the region are open to the public. Many clubs operate an honesty system where Club Managers are not employed. Green fees vary from $15-45.
Golfing in and around Geraldine
Using Geraldine as a base you can play a round of golf at no less than 14 courses within a 50 km (30 minute) radius of Geraldine. Clubs can be hired at the Geraldine Hammer Hardware shop and at some clubs. The list below provides details for the two courses located in Geraldine and then lists all the others in alphabetical order along with relevant information and links to their websites.
Geraldine Golf Course
The Geraldine District Golf Club ‘Denfield’ course is a very attractive 18-hole golf course. With its flat terrain it is an easy walk and set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains this course is a must play. Club days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Visitors are welcome on any of those days.
It is not necessary to book a tee time. Green fee players can play before or after the competition fields. Bookings for groups can be made by contacting the club secretary.
Email: email@example.com or phone Steve Crook 03 693 8497 or 027 334 6640
Grande Vue Golf Course, Geraldine
A unique 9-hole golf club in the heart of the Geraldine township, the Grande Vue Golf Course has 2 teeing areas on each hole and 2 pins on each green, it gives a different aspect for the 2nd 9 holes. The course is set on rolling hills so a nice mix of up-hill, down-hill and flat contours. The club is cart friendly, bring your own or arrange to hire.
Green fees are $15, and the club days are Wednesdays for women starting at 10.30am and Sundays for men starting at 12.30pm. Anyone is welcome to join in on club days for a nice relaxed Sunday afternoon game. Enquiries to the Club Captain 0274 374 388.
Ashburton Golf Club
Ashburton Golf Club is an 18-hole course located 1km north of the Ashburton township just off State Highway 1. It is one of the top courses in Canterbury and has full irrigation from tee to green. It offers easy walking, top quality golfing conditions all year round and is well maintained with very good greens. The course is well drained and can be played all year round. Ashburton Golf Club also has a driving range.
Fairlie Golf Club
Fairlie Golf Club has an 18-hole course that is a well-groomed, flat course with a challenging par 70 men’s/par 72 ladies layout with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The Club welcomes visitors and green fees are $20 per round. Major tournaments are the Fairlie 500, a 72-hole men’s tournament held on the 3rd weekend in March and the Glencairn ladies’ tournament which is a pairs tournament held every April. Both events always attract capacity fields.
Gleniti Golf Club
The Gleniti Golf Club is home to an 18 hole course located in a peaceful rural setting with wonderful views of the Southern Alps to the sea. GGC is one of only three courses from which Mount Cook can be seen. The course is situated in the eastern outskirts of Timaru on rolling hills and there are a variety of holes and lies. It is an enjoyable, fun but challenging course for players of all abilities. The club was founded in 1928 and members are proud of the stately old homestead which is now the clubhouse.
They have a very friendly club spirit, and players or groups are very welcome to join their competitions or organise their own competitions or rounds.
Highfield Golf Club
The Highfield Golf Club Inc is situated in the very heart of Timaru. Highfield is an 18-hole course that offers a challenge to both serious and casual golfers alike. Renowned for its fast greens and several unique challenges, Highfield can be found on Douglas Street just off the main highway. The amalgamation with the Timaru Town & Country Club means visitors can enjoy their facilities and hospitality as well.
Maungati Golf Course
Maungati Golf Club is a picturesque 9 Hole, 18 tee golf course situated approximately 25kms from Timaru. The quiet, calm and peaceful links are nestled into the valley with extinct volcano Mt Horrible at the Northern end and the Hunter Hills at the Southern end, with the Little Pareora river flowing down the Western edge of the course.
Mayfield Golf Club
The flat Mayfield Golf Course is 9 holes x 2 = 18, situated on the north bank of the Hinds River. The course has excellent drainage, so it is never too wet in the winter and with fairway irrigation installed it is unlikely to get too dry in summer. The clubhouse for such a small club is something the local community can be proud of. A picturesque, challenging, well-groomed country course, enjoyed by golfers of all levels.
Methven Golf Club
Methven’s Golf Course offers an intoxicating combination of stunning vistas, beautiful tree lined fairways and wonderfully kept fairways and greens. While the 18-hole course rewards the straight hitter, it offers enough room to encourage plenty of full swings from the tee box. No matter what the state of your game, the course will offer a fair test of your abilities.
Mt Nessing Club, Albury
The Mt Nessing Golf Club is a 9-hole course situated beside the Mt Nessing Road approximately 11kms from the SH8 turnoff at Albury. With a par 70 layout of 5252 metres the course has many interesting and challenging holes, of which the best three are probably the first, “Aorangi” (283 metres), the sixth, “Bumpy” (132 metres) and the seventh, “Waterfall” (327 metres).
The feature hole is “Aorangi”, so called because on fine days a perfect view of Aorangi/Mt Cook northwards over Burkes Pass is obtained. “Bumpy” is notable because its green is situated on a narrow terrace which is separated from the tee by broken, stony ground. “Waterfall” has proved to be the graveyard of many good cards over the years because of the dogleg formed by the Opawa River at a position cunningly contrived to catch the slightly pushed or sliced drive. In 2014 the Club celebrated its 75th anniversary by rebuilding its ancient and rather dilapidated clubhouse and transforming it to the comfortable and welcoming building there today.
Pleasant Point Golf Club
The Pleasant Point Club boasts a picturesque course close to the township of Pleasant Point and bordered by lush farmland, council reserves and a newly created deer park and residential development. The course is in South Canterbury, 20 minutes west of Timaru.
The golfer friendly terrain makes it a comfortable walk for all ages and carts and buggies also navigate the course with ease. Excellent 18-hole irrigation and drainage systems make for great year-round golfing conditions for players of all abilities.
The Pleasant Point Golf course is divided into two distinct areas. The first 9 holes are in the Pleasant Point Domain and are surrounded by mature trees. The local camping ground is adjacent to this. This nine was the original golf course but in the 1970’s an additional area across Butlers Road was purchased and set up as the second 9 holes. The current clubhouse was built with sheds and car park added. The second 9 has a delightful spring fed creek running through it which offers a unique challenge to golfers. Both sides of the course are flat although many mounds and trees have been added to challenge the player. The club changed the greens to sand-based greens a couple of years ago and this has enhanced the quality of them.
Tinwald Golf Club
The Tinwald Golf Club is an 18 hole par 72 for men and 73 for Ladies situated on the south side of Ashburton.
The Club boasts country hospitality with a friendly atmosphere and welcomes visitors to join in on club days.
The course is flat with wide tree lined fairways and magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. While the course may look reasonably easy and flat, it still requires careful management to score well. A well-maintained course which provides a great day out for all levels of golfers. A perfect venue for your next corporate or social day with bar and catering facilities.
Temuka Golf Club
The Temuka Golf Course is a lovely, sheltered course in the heart of the rural town of Temuka, a short 15 minute drive south east of Geraldine offering a tidy parkland course that whilst not overly long, which many see as an advantage, provides an interesting challenge for all players due to a number of interesting dog leg holes and the necessity to be accurate off the tee.
The Temuka Golf Club course is known for its colour at flowering and foliage colour in spring and autumn. Fairways, tees and greens are under irrigation which is controlled by an automated computer system and the course is well maintained with a modern fleet of mowers, all with groomers. The clubhouse offers great views of the middle 8 holes of the course.
Timaru Golf Club
At 6,000 metres for men and over 5,000 metres for ladies, the Timaru Golf Club at Levels has a reputation as a testing championship golf course that challenges the very best players. It is deemed the premier course in the South Canterbury region and has just undergone a significant upgrade. Developed on free draining soil the course provides excellent under-foot conditions all year round.
The course was initially designed by well-known course architects Wolvridge and Thomson and was opened in 1959. Since then it has hosted several national events including age-group championships and senior inter-provincial competitions.
Course architect Chris Pitman was commissioned to redesign aspects of the course which has seen several significant humps and hollows created on most holes and a state-of-the-art irrigation system installed. The development of a further lake and reseeding of some fairways is also planned.
Where ever you end up Geraldine and South Canterbury make a great base for your next golfing adventure!