About the Course
Originally a links course in the truest form, in 1919 the course was made using only the natural contours of the land as it lay. Natural mounding and sand dunes were all incorporated and not tampered with. Covering and vegetation was left in areas to encourage accurate play long before the thousands of trees we now navigate had been established. 100 years on the trees are a big feature on the course and make accurate shot making a must whilst still offering reward for those who can meet the challenge.
A Par 70 with equal nines of 35, the course has three Par 5’s, ten par 4’s and five unique Par 3’s, the last of which is considered one of the most challenging finishes in Canterbury. The course has shown steady improvement across all playing surfaces under the skilled operating of greens staff Garry Worsley and Merv Kitto. Garry & Merv have been looking after the course for over 15 years and it shows with good all-year-round playing conditions.In 2017 the fairways were seed-drilled and have matured well to provide a great playing surface.
Over the next decade the course will have subtle changes made with improvements to tee blocks, bunkering and naturalisation of areas to occur. Our aim is to offer a playable course for all in ever improving condition. Come try for your self.
Hole by Hole
Hole 1 – Outlook – 252m Par 4
What looks like a gentle start to a round can catch you out with a well protected green complex. A driveable Par 4 that requires a deft touch on your 2nd shot of the day.
Hole 2 – The Ridge – 345m Par 4
A steady dog-leg that opens up in the driving area but quickly close down again. Natural mounding in the fairway can reward and repent a golfers intentions. A large arching green with bunkers left and right awaits. 4 is a good score here.
Hole 3 – Prairie – 319m Par 4
Wide off the tee but with trees each side for the wayward shot, the fairway narrows and significant blue gums protect the green from wide approach play. Bunkers left, right and back surround a deceptive green.
Hole 4 – The Gap – 150m Par 3
A complete Par 3. 150m playing a touch downhill hill. Most often met by a cross wind the large green is well surrounded by a bunker left and right. A natural dune complex surrounds creating a an amphitheatre to the 2 tiered green.
Hole 5 – Aranui – 449m Par 5
The first par 5. Reachable in 2 for senior golfers but only from the fairway. Tall trees catch the wayward tee shots and can block a player from attacking the green. Large rolling mounds make for a blind approach from more than 100m out. A large gentle looking green, but with a slippery right side.
Hole 6 – Nor’ East – 357m Par 4
A narrow chute from the mens tee demands a straight hit. Like on the 5th, mounding makes for a semi blind 2nd for most golfers. Steady front to back incline on the green makes an aggressive approach possible but don’t go too far past the hole!
Hole 7 – Manukas – 140m Par 3
Well surrounded by trees of all varieties and a large bunker on the right side of the green. A big slope from right to left. There is plenty of room under the hole to leave an uphill birdie roll.
Hole 8 – Sandy’s – 332m Par 4
A meandering dog leg with a wide landing area for the drive. A dip in front and a subtle basin upon the green makes distance control on the approach a challenge. A small green makes for a make-able putt for those that find it.
Hole 9 – Sou’ West – 312m Par 4
Out of the chute to a hole with plenty of room left and a group of trees and a depression cynically known as “Happy Valley” by the members – its anything but. A gentle downhill approach to a green sloping away from the golfer favours a considered approach.
Hole 10 – Scales Knoll – 448m Par 5
On to the back 9 and the first of back to back par 5’s. A prominent ridge runs across the fairway hiding the landing zone for a solid drive. One of the widest fairways makes attacking the green in 2 shots an option. A large green sloping uphill has a ridge running across its width.
Hole 11 – Marsh – 465m Par 5
Negotiate a tight chute to a wide fairway and you’ll be left with some distance to go. Fescue guards the right side from wayward shots and tall pines down the left half of the hole makes an accurate second a must. Bunkers left and right to a long green.
Hole 12 – Sandy’s – 138m Par 3
The shortest par 3 aptly named “The Dunes”. Just over 130m to a green surrounded by mounds and bunkers. Typically played in to the easterly wind.
Hole 13 – Hope – 369m Par 4
Avondale’s toughest hole. Out of bounds right, tall trees left and 369 metres in to a prevailing wind. A ridge in the landing area for most club players makes the drive tougher. The narrowest of green entries with bunkers front left and right. Par is a great score here.
Hole 14 – The Hollow – 321m Par 4
The most topographical hole with undulation from start to finish. Plenty of room down the left away from the fence line but makes the approach shot tricky with large pines protecting. Mounding all around and a basin in front of a large sloping green.
Hole 15 – The Firs – 175m Par 3
A long par 3 from an elevated tee is the start of a turn back towards the club house. Out of bounds all the way down the right but there is plenty of room with a gentle wide green with only a bunker at the rear. Short in front is good.
Hole 16 – Spire – 343m Par 4
Like all the holes in the last 3rd of the course out of bounds guards the right. An uphill tee shot to a narrow landing area, the fairway is a must. A terraced fairway feeds your ball to the right rough and fescue guards a conservative approach play down the left. A flat but deceptive green is nestled close to the boundary.
Hole 17 – The Mound – 331m Par 4
At its original length it measured 390 metres (now reserved for championship events) the hole still proves a good challenge. Prominent trees on the right side create a steady dog leg against the right to left sloping fairway. Maturing trees left can cost you also. A wide area from 110 metres out sets up an attacking approach to a uphill sloping green.
Hole 18 – The Kotuku – 177m Par 3
A hole that can make or break a round. An uphill par 3 with encroaching trees left, large pines and out of bounds right and an undulating green. A bunker short right makes for a tough up and down and a deep swail left can catch even the best of players out. Make a 3 and you should be smiling.