New Zealand Amateur

The inaugural New Zealand Amateur Championship was held at Otago in 1893 and it’s reckoned this is second only to “The Championship of India” as an annual golf competition organized in any former British colony. There were less than thirty entries for this contest, with the winner an Otago member named J.A. Somerville, who was a new arrival from Scotland and probably a little more experienced in match play than the local golfers.

New Zealand Amateur Championship Trophy

A picture in the Otago clubhouse taken shortly after this historic win does not include the Amateur Championship Cup because the trophy wasn’t purchased until early the following year, with the cost of sixteen guineas shared equally by Otago, Christchurch, Hutt and North Otago golf clubs. The clubs organized the first few editions of the Amateur but a Golf Council was formed in 1895 to run the game nationwide.

By 1903 there were fifteen affiliated clubs and four years later the first New Zealand Open was scheduled during the national golf tournament for men and women at Napier Golf Club. There were only seven professionals involved and the event was won by a leading amateur, Arthur Duncan, who had also claimed four of the Amateurs contested in the previous eight years.

Sri Lankan-born Duncan would go on to capture another two Opens in 1910 and 1911, as well as winning a total of ten Amateur titles between 1899 and 1926. He was the club champion at Wellington 23 times, the Miramar champion 6 times and the Hutt champion 4 times. He was also a member of the first New Zealand team to play international matches in 1927 and he was selected again in 1930 and 1935.

Described as “the complete golfer, a wonderful stylist with particular mastery of h...

New Zealand Amateur host courses

Boulcott's Farm

39th North Island - Best in Area

The golf clubs of Hutt (formed in 1892) and Boulcott (founded in 1938) were amalgamated in 2010, thus creating New Zealand’s first Heritage Golf Club at Boulcott’s Farm.

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Chisholm Links

6th South Island - Best in Area 22nd New Zealand Ranking

Fourteen holes at Chisholm Links Golf Club sit amongst the dunes behind St Kilda Beach, with the stretch from 8 to 11 climbing up to a magnificent headland wedged between two beaches.

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Hamilton

21st North Island - Best in Area 31st New Zealand Ranking

Named St Andrews, the course at Hamilton Golf Club has been in play for nearly a century. It's a fine example of a solid parkland layout that has stood the golfing test of time...

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Harewood

15th South Island - Best in Area 49th New Zealand Ranking

In 2012, Harewood Golf Club upgraded their main course and they hired Greg Turner & Scott Macpherson who have completed a number of well-crafted redevelopments in the South Island.

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Hastings

28th North Island - Best in Area 39th New Zealand Ranking

Members and guests of Hastings Golf Club – better known locally as Bridge Pâ – play their golf on a wonderful, free-draining, parkland course...

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Invercargill

19th South Island - Best in Area

Invercargill Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in New Zealand; the town may be a little remote from the rest of the country but its inhabitants love their golf as much, if not more than, those who live in the major centres.

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Manawatu

16th North Island - Best in Area 21st New Zealand Ranking

Manawatu is a very pleasant parkland course laid out on a compact, 110-acre site between a lagoon, Massey University College of Education, and the Manawatu River.

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Mount Maunganui

24th North Island - Best in Area 34th New Zealand Ranking

Mount Maunganui Golf Club shares its name with the extinct volcano that rises above the course and also the town – known locally as “The Mount” – which is a popular surfing resort...

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Napier

42nd North Island - Best in Area

Established in 1896, Napier Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in New Zealand and was host venue to the inaugural New Zealand Open in 1907.

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New Zealand Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Shane Mitchell Courses Played 19
2 Matt Richardson Courses Played 18
= Patrick Kennelly Courses Played 18
4 Joshua Stevens Courses Played 15
5 Brian Wood Courses Played 13
6 Mark Hillson Courses Played 12
= Bruce Courses Played 12
8 Richard Souter Courses Played 11
= Peter G Courses Played 11
10 Steve Starika Courses Played 10