Clearwater Golf Course. © Gary Lisbon

Clearwater Golf Course, Christchurch

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Clearwater designers John Darby and New Zealand golfing legend Sir Bob Charles, have succeeded in developing an inland course with a distinctive links feel about it.  

The course lies 15 minutes from the centre of Christchurch and just a few minutes from the city’s airport, but thanks to the openness of the course, golfers are treated to breathtaking views of the Southern Alps. 

For over 13 years, Clearwater has been a venue for professional international golf, featuring as a popular stop on several different pro golf tours – from the USPGA Nationwide tour to the Australasian Men’s and the European Ladies Tour. The course provides a chance to walk in the footsteps of Clearwater graduates such as Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and most recently Lydia Ko… the New Zealand golfer and former world number one won back to back New Zealand Women’s Opens at Clearwater in 2015 and 2016. Along with her 2015 victory came a second round course record of 61.

Water is a strong feature of the course particularly on all four par 3’s as well as the long par 4 finishing hole.

This is a strategic layout, with play influenced by the changing winds throughout the year. With glistening spring-fed lakes, Clearwater lives up to its name, creating a lush oasis close to the city – a golfing escape and a change of pace that few destinations can match.

As a testament to the quality of Clearwater’s offerings, it was named New Zealand’s and Oceania’s best golf course at the 2015 World Golf Awards.

The par 72 course features six sets of tees ranging from 3,000 – 6,138 metres. The course is complemented by practice areas and facilities that include a fleet of electric golf carts equipped with GPS, a fully stocked proshop and equipment available for hire. PGA Professionals are also on hand for instruction.

After your round, enjoy the hospitality of the Member Lounge, savouring views of the famous closing hole from the comfort of leather lounge chairs.

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