27 Aug 19: Hamilton Golf Club Announces Major Course Redevelopment

The Waikato’s top golf course is to undergo a $150,000 redevelopment over the next three years.

Overseen by acclaimed NZ golf professional and course designer, Greg Turner, Hamilton Golf Club’s redevelopment will entail major upgrades and redesigns to bunkers and fairways to improve the enjoyment of the game for regular players and challenge low handicap and professional players. 

Turner brings a wealth of expertise to the project having made instrumental improvements to many other golf facilities including Millbrook, Cromwell and Harewood and his underpinning philosophy will result in improved enjoyment of the game of golf for regular players and challenge low handicap and professional players.

Beginning this month Stage One will see major upgrades to bunkers on seven holes including redesign, relocation or removal. Bunker design concepts are in harmony with the natural landscape – something the club sees as vital in such a high profile inner-city green space.

Since it’s establishment in 1903, many minor improvements have been incorporated into the original design of the St Andrews Course at Hamilton Golf Club, making it one of NZ’s premier golfing experiences. Embracing the rolling riverside terrain, the current layout features mature trees, a strong connection with the Waikato River and most notably more than fifty bunkers that challenge golfers of all levels, especially the notorious greenside monster on the Par 3 18th.

Improvements to turf grass management at Hamilton Golf Club over the past three years have resulted in healthy picturesque fairways and high-quality putting surfaces on the greens which members and visitors rate highly. However, member surveys and visitor feedback, suggest that other elements need attention and investment.

Disruption to regular play has been cleverly minimised by programming earthworks over just a few weeks at the end of each winter.

Stage Two in 2020 includes upgrades to six more holes, with additional emphasis on trees and paths. By the time Stage Three is completed in 2021 Hamilton Golf Club aims to achieve ‘experience course’ status, ranking it within New Zealand’s top 24 courses.

The club has previously hosted six NZ Opens, the 2010 Queen Sirikit Cup and many national and regional events. In 2020 it is hosting two major NZ fixtures – the NZ Seniors Tournament in February, and then in November the Freyberg Masters Tournament each bringing hundreds of players and their supporters into the city.

Hamilton Golf Club – 116 years on and still improving!