New Zealand PGA

The PGA of New Zealand, founded by twelve golf professionals in 1913, has more than four hundred members serving around one hundred of the country’s clubs in the modern era. Their HQ is based in Auckland, co-located with New Zealand Golf at Remuera Golf Club, from where teaching services are delivered to golfers at all levels, from junior to senior, amateur and professional, men and women.

New Zealand PGA Championship Trophy

Both the New Zealand Amateur (1893) and New Zealand Open (1907) pre-date the first Professional Golfers Championship in 1909, when all three competitions took place the same week during the nation’s annual golf meeting. Four professional champions were crowned before the PGA was founded but they’re all recognized in the record books as bona fide title holders.

The competition was organized by the New Zealand Golf Council as a match play tournament up until 1963, when the PGA gained control of the event, converting it from a match play format to 72-hole stroke play contest. From that point on, the professionals went their own way, though some might say to the detriment of the championship once it stopped moving around the country annually.

The first edition of the competition in 1909 was played on the course at Auckland Golf Club’s former One Tree Hill location, which was rated with a bogey score of 86, including three par sixes in the first nine holes. Players had a number of hazards to negotiate here, including stone walls, sheep pens and outcrops of volcanic rock.

Twenty-year-old Joe Clements – who also won the New Zealand Open that same year – overcame all obstacles to win the first PGA final 3&2 against Fred Hood. Clements would eventually win a total...

New Zealand PGA host courses

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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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 Plymouth

13th North Island - Best in Area 16th New Zealand Ranking 93rd Oceania Ranking

Located between the dormant volcano of Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea, the tree-lined fairways of the Ngamotu course at New Plymouth Golf Club are laid out along the stunning coastline...

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Otago

10th South Island - Best in Area 30th New Zealand Ranking

In 1893, the first New Zealand Amateur Championship was staged at Otago, and the Golf Club has hosted this tournament on ten further occasions.

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New Zealand PGA Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Shane Mitchell Courses Played 15
2 Matt Richardson Courses Played 13
= Patrick Kennelly Courses Played 13
4 Mark Hillson Courses Played 11
5 Peter G Courses Played 10
= Joshua Stevens Courses Played 10
= Morgan Will Courses Played 10
= Brian Wood Courses Played 10
= Richard Souter Courses Played 10
10 Steve Starika Courses Played 9