Lower Waitaki Golf Club


Hole Profiles

Hole 1 Bishops   Par 4  373m  stroke 3.


This hole is named after the family name of the owners of the property that was purchased by the Golf Club.








Hole 1 on the card is a reasonable long par 4  (373m white tees) with the tee set up adjacent to and beside a large water hazard.  A row of trees on the LHS should be avoided to reach the green in regulation. The green is large and flat screened by a mound at the back and a channel across the front of the green.


Hole 2  Target    Par 3  145m stroke 15.

Considered a target green hence named Target

A Par 3  145m to a slightly elevated green. Green is inclined to the left and when the pin is placed to the front left it can be challenging when putting from higher on the green.


Hole 3 Airport     Par 4  330m stroke 9.

Named Airport as you are teeing off directly toward Oamaru Airport


From the tee, the green is on a slight dogleg to the right.  The direct route to the green is over the gum tree at the end of the tree line on the right,  but this route is of high risk unless the player can play a long high ball. Also the big hitter should be aware that the fence line on the left is out of bounds.  Recently the plantation to the right of the fairway know as the "donger" has been removed and is now marked as a lateral hazard. The boarder line trees still remain

  The green is large and flat protected by a mound on the left and at the back. To the left of the green is lower ground..




Hole 4 Steward   Par 5  499m stroke 1

Steward Road run adjacient to this hole hence named Steward.

A good long par 5  a good opportunity for the player to hit a flyer.  The fence line on the left is out of bounds.  Once clear of the tee a  fairway bunker guards the approach shot to the green

 For the big hitters there is a fairway bunker around the landing zone of a well hit second shot.  Like other greens No 4 is large and slopes from back to front. 



Hole 5 Studholm  Par 4  296m stroke 13

Named Studholm as hole is aligned with Mt Studholm to the north.

















This hole has a slight dogleg to the right but the hole is straight foward if the tee shot can be keep straight down the fairway.  A cluster of trees at around 190m on the left or the tall gum trees on the direct route from the tee have often troubled players.  The elevated green slows from back to front and is guarded by two bunkers at each side of the front. The sloped left hand edge of the green has deflected many a ball off the green past the bunker.



Hole 6 Spot On  Par 3  157m stroke 17

Considered that  the tee shot had to be "Spot On" to have success.



On this par 3 you are playing to a large sloping green surrounded by mounds.  Playing from the blue tees adds 35m to the tee shot which mean a wood or driver for the average golfer.  Playing a seond shot from behind the green will involve a challenging chip down a sloping green. Like wise chipping from either side is also interesting as the chip shot will have to be played over reasonable mounds which can deflect the ball  right across the green.  


Hole 7 Eagle Hawke  Par 5 432m stroke 11

Named after a trip by club Members to the Eaglehawke Club in Australia.

 Potentially an eagle or birdie opportunity for the low handicap player.  A well placed tee shot through the narrow entrance to the fairway from the mens tee should set the player up for a good hole.  The row of trees on the left and the large pine tree on the right can stop the ball short of the yellow tee if you are playing twaddies. Also the large pine down on the left of the fairway at  around 160 m attracts many well hit tee shots  from both the white and blue tees.  There is water course across the fairway about 150m from the green.

 The green is large and flat with a bunker at the left front and gentle mounds around the back and right perimeters.


Hole 8 Donger.  Par 4  367m stroke 5

Named after the 'donger (i.e. gully from the old borrow pit) on the right hand side of the green.

This hole has a big dogleg to the right. The right hand side of the fairway is well protected by the very large and tall fringe trees which surround a lateral hazard

.  The green is also large and sloping from back to front with mounds on both sides and at the rear.


Hole 9 Bluegum.   360m Par 4 stroke 7

Originally there were several Bluegums beside the green.


Hole 9 has a moderate dog leg to the right.  The preferred line for the tee shot from the mens tee is to the right of the left hand conifer marker tree.  The trees to the right in the front of the tee or the large gum trees on the right will attract many drives sliced from a right hand player.  From the yellow tees the direct line to the green is directly over the large gum tree.


This green has a slightly sloped from from the back and is surrounded by a water hazard on the left and two bunkers on the right side of the green.  


Hole 10 Waitaki.   305m Par 4 stroke 12

Named after the club and area.


Hole 10 has a slight dog leg to the left but hold no pearls if a player can play his drive down the centre of the fairway. A tee shot played down the left of the fairway can make reaching the green with the second shot difficult with trees on the left.  There is a small fairway bunker at about 240m from the tee.

The green is slightly elevated with a incline from rear to the front. A bunker guards the left hand flank with a depression to the right of the green.



Hole 11  Dome.  321m  Par 4 stroke 8

Named 'Dome' as the green was formed in a dome shape.

This fairway has a generous width to traverse for your approach to the green which is on a slight dog leg to the right. A tee shot played down the right hand side can be blocked by the randon trees or the hedge .   The green is as the hole name suggest is a dome and may a ball not played to the centre of the green will run off on both sides.  The recommended strategy for the average golfer is to aim for the centre of the green with your approach shot irrespective of the pin placement. Most put will have some borrow.


Hole 12  Devils Elbow.  449m Par 5 stroke 10

The dogleg left bend gave this hole its name.

The tee shot on this hole can be a challenge for the player who can produce a slice as the fence line on the right is out of bounds. The hole has a moderate dog leg left and the ideal drive would be long and landing on the right hand side of the fairway. Playing down close to the trees on the left with a little draw should be ideal.  A cluster of large trees on the left, short of the 135m markers can limit a direct approach to the green. There is a new lateral water hazard in the natural ground depression to the right of the fairway, short of the green. This is a trap for the second shot of big hitters. 
The green is elevated, large and incline back to front and generally left to right. There is a mound short of the green.


Hole 13  Humpy.  272m  Par 4 stroke 16

Soil was used to build up the 'hump' in front of the green. 

This hole is "drivable" by the big hitters, but the average player would be satisfied to play down the fairway. Out of bound on the right and large trees on the left will only impact on a miss-directed tee shot.  In front of the green is a large mound which includes two bunkers. On the  right hand edge and front of the green a large and relatively deep bunker guards the green. This green is also generous in size  elevated and slightly inclined  back to front.  The pin placement is often require an apprach shot over the greenside bunker.


Hole 14 Toot.  123m Par 3 stroke 18

Very original thinking used here with the fairway running alongside the railway line.

The shortest hole on the course and stroke hole 18. A two tiered green guarded at the front by two green side bunkers and out of bounds on the right for a wayward shot or a shank. Any shot played too long over the back of the green leads to a challenging chip up onto a green inclining away from the player.  Playing this hole into a strong southerly wind is also an interesting experience.


Hole 15  45 South.  491m Par 5 stroke 6

Named in recognition of the close proximity to the 45 degree South lattitude line.

This par 5 takes the player back toward the club house. A mound is on the right of the fairway at about the range of the average golfer. The remaining fairway to the green is generously wide and should not cause any difficulty unless a player was to flick a shot over the out of bound fence on the right.  The green is large with a slight incline from back to front. There is a large water hazard to the front and left of the green and a formed garden (GUR) to the extreme right.


Hole 17  Saucer.   160m  Par 3  stroke 14

Designed and shaped like a saucer.

This par three hole is well named.  An elevated green inclined from back to front but also includes a concave  or dished surface.  The approach from the tee is straight forward although trees align both sides of the approach shot. Any pin placement away from the centre of the green will challenge the player as he determines the alignment for the putt.  

Hole 18 Memorial.  353m Par 4 stroke 4

Beyond the green are the Memorial Oak planted by Club members in recognition of important milestones in the Club's history.

Players standing on the final tee are faced with challenging hole which has a small right to left dog leg.  A row of large gum tree on the left should be avoided for a good approach shot to the green. The right hand side of the fairway has a slight incline to the right and will deflect many a drive toward the right hand trees.  The green is also elevated and inclined from back to the front. Positioned to the front right of the green is a small water hazard which will pick up a tired last approach of your round.

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