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Hastings, Hawke's Bay
Hastings, Hawke's Bay
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Members and guests of Hastings Golf Club – better known locally as Bridge Pâ – play their golf on a wonderful, free-draining, parkland course laid out within 210 acres on Heretaunga Plains (next to the aerodrome), just outside Hastings.

The club – formed in 1898 – moved to their current site in 1912 where they gradually developed the course with assistance from Charles Redhead over the years. In 1970, a decision was taken to radically alter the course. In the words of the club, “to provide the two even nines which exist today” and the modern-day layout owes much to the vision of former President Roy Skittrup and his committee from half a century ago.

“Flaxmere” is the 5th hole at Hastings and it’s the hardest hole on the card. A 420-yard, par four, which doglegs slightly right (with out of bounds all the way down that side of the fairway) to a long, two-tiered green that rarely yields anything better than bogey scores.

One of the best holes on the back nine is the 365-yard, par four, 15th (“Land’s End”) where the tee shot is played through a narrow chute of trees and the elevated, split-level green is protected by a large tree on the left and a bunker on the right.

One of the most famous golfing sons associated with Hastings is Stuart Jones – seven times national amateur champion – who has been a fine ambassador for the club over many years both on and off the course. To mark 100 years located at Heretaunga Plains, Hastings hosted the New Zealand Amateur Strokeplay Championship in 2012.

Members and guests of Hastings Golf Club – better known locally as Bridge Pâ – play their golf on a wonderful, free-draining, parkland course laid out within 210 acres on Heretaunga Plains (next to the aerodrome), just outside Hastings.

The club – formed in 1898 – moved to their current site in 1912 where they gradually developed the course with assistance from Charles Redhead over the years. In 1970, a decision was taken to radically alter the course. In the words of the club, “to provide the two even nines which exist today” and the modern-day layout owes much to the vision of former President Roy Skittrup and his committee from half a century ago.

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Charles Redhead

It has been claimed that by 1937, there were not more than four courses of note in the whole of New Zealand that had not been remodelled or bunkered by Charles Redhead.

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