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We are proud to introduce  our very own helipad !!

Here is the Salt Air Helicopter landing with a our first group of happy customers - Yes golfers can now fly in by helicopter and land almost on the first Tee !!

Call us to arrange - You won’t regret it !!

Thanks to Gary Forrest for arranging and installing the windsock on the roof of the Pro Shop to help pilots judge the wind speed before landing. It’s all very exciting.  

So tell your friends that they can now fly in to play golf at your club!

Waitangi Golf Club - Helipad

We are fortunate at Waitangi to have so many visitors who want to play our course. It would be a great sign of friendship if members could keep an eye out for strangers – ask them if they would like to join your group if they are alone.

If they are a smaller group than yours, ask if they would like to go through – some are on a tight schedule and are fitting a game in here as an extra.

Would you like one of these on your vehicle ?

It’s a great way to promote our club!!!

Just $20.00 a set.

Contact Merle.

  Jan-Feb 2016 Waitangi GC Members Update - 2016 Harcourt’s Waitangi Pro Am

The boxes are being ticked off and the countdown is continuing towards the 2016 Harcourt’s Waitangi Pro-Am Event on 7 and 8 April.

As you are aware Harcourts has returned as the Naming rights sponsor and as an added incentive for the Professionals, has also supported the introduction of a 9 hole shoot out with the winner taking home a cheque for $2000 in a winner takes all format.

The Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am is the final event of the NZPGA’s Northern Swing with the Professionals playing in Pro-Am’s at three courses from Omaha GC north to Waitangi.  For Waitangi GC this is a major fund raiser for the club, helping us to keep our subscriptions at a reasonable level.

There is also a Charity side to the Pro-Am with the event being used as a fund raiser to help our local St John Ambulance Service.

We have found all the sponsors required for the Pro Am tournament and the field of 30 x 3 player amateur teams has been totally filled – however we are opening two waiting lists.  One is for individual players should a team require a player, and the second is a sponsorship waiting list should a sponsor/team be withdrawn.


Please contact WGC Club Professional Alex Bonnington if you would like to go onto either waiting list - as an individual player or as a business as a potential emergency sponsor.

A brief summary of the event:

Wednesday 6 April

Course open to Professionals for practice round from 12:30 following the Normal Waitangi Ladies Wednesday Club Competition.

Thursday 7 April

7 – 9 AM – WGC Friday Haggle on a Thursday!

9:30AM Professionals Tee Off in Front Nine Qualification for the Top Ten Harcourt’s Waitangi Shoot Out.  (Chip off if players are tied in tenth position.)

12:30PM Top Ten Qualifying Professionals play the Back nine in the winner takes all Shoot Out … one player drops off each hole. (Chip off if players are tied on the final hole.)  Non qualifying professionals can play the back nine as practice.  Amateur team members can have a practice 9 holes on the Front nine, or watch the Shoot Out.

4:30 Chipping competition in support of St John Ambulance, this is an opportunity for everybody, to have a go, chipping from by the Club House, to nearest the pin on the 9th green, excellent prizes, and all the money raised goes to St John Ambulance Paihia, so come on, come and have a go.

6pm Welcome function, proudly sponsored by Harcourts BOI.  All but confirmed as our Guest Speaker is BG Williams, one of NZ’s Greatest All Black Wings of the amateur era! Food will be available and a Cash Bar will be operating.  There will be a Raffle Draw for St Johns Ambulance followed by Amateur Teams drawing the Professional they will play with in the Pro-Am

Friday 8th April

Harcourts Waitangi PRO-AM Tournament

The 30 teams will tee off on the first and tenth tees on the Friday between 9:30 am and 12.00.

Both the Shoot Out and the Pro-Am Event itself are worth taking some time out and coming up to the club to watch as it will feature some of the best NZ Golf professional players as well as younger up and coming golf pro’s who are starting out on their career.  

While we do not have confirmed entry’s yet, we are confident our Professional winner of the past two years, Peter Lee will be back looking for a three-peat!

Can you help please?

20 Volunteers

We had some wonderful assistance from club members who volunteered to make the Harcourt’s Waitangi Pro-Am event successful last year and the call is going out again as we will need assistance from club members as spotters on both days.  Also we need two starters – one each for the first and tenth tees.

We would ideally like to have a large team of 20 volunteers to help on the day so the ‘on-duty’ time can be kept to a reasonably low time commitment for all.  Spotters will be needed for the 1st 6th 7th 10th (Especially Morning tee off if the sun is directly over the hole), 11th x 2 spotters and the 18th.

If you can assist please contact Club Volunteer Coordinator John Nightingale (09) 402 8483.

Raffle Prizes in support of St John Ambulance

As mentioned St John Ambulance is the charity we are supporting via the Harcourts Waitangi Pro-Am tournament and we would appreciate any business owners or individuals who can donate a prize to add to the Raffle draw.  

UPDATE - February  2016


As predicted there was a tight finish to the Jack Dickie Memorial, which concluded on Friday 29 January. The player with the best seven stableford rounds in the Friday Haggle over the summer season takes this trophy.

Bob Ash used his seventh counting card to put pressure on the two leaders and finish third with a creditable 281 points. Rob Green could not improve his score and Kevin Strawbridge came back strongly in the last round scoring 40 points.

With both players on 282 points the Jack Dickie Memorial is shared and Rob Green and Kevin Strawbridge are the joint winners, well played. (Full results are on the notice board).


The results for this competition, based on the best four Stableford scores over the Summer Season (Wednesday and Sundays) are:

1st Val Mack  152

2nd  Ros Gebbie  149

3rd  Karon Stewart 146


We were very encouraged that 64 players took part in the Club Opening Day and coped with very hot conditions to post some scorching results:


Gloria Hawkins, Phyllis Crawley, Grant Hastings and Paul Stancliffe-White    122

 Lynda Scott, Alice Chang, Bud Sisley and Neil Stokes       122

Donella Sheridan, Pam Martin, Miles Richards and Kevin Strawbridge    120

Merle Mounsey, Lesley Schultz, Clint Brljevich and Norm McLeod     118

 Chook Henare, Dianne Norris, Rob Hawkins and Daniel Palangeanu    118


The season kicks off on Sunday 7th February with the Weekend Women playing Pairs Best Ball Stableford, cards in by 8.45am for a 9am tee off please.

Men’s Opening Day is the first round of the Presidents Trophy and the first Monthly Medal of the year. An engraved Club beer Tankard will be awarded each month to the net and gross winners. Cards in by 9.30am for a 9.45am start.

New this year for the men:

We are running an Eclectic competition over the season to record players best scores for each hole. The Eclectic will be in handicap divisions.

We will be holding a Shootout on Sunday 30 October with the best 19 net scores (and ties) qualifying from the Monthly Medals.


With the introduction of the extended third hole our new course ratings have been implemented and this has an impact when we have mixed golf competitions off different tees. As an example in Club Opening Day the Women playing from Yellow Tees received an additional four shots with the men playing off the White Tees.

The new course ratings are:

Men Black  71.8

Men Blue  71.0

Men White  69.5

Women White 75.7

Women Yellow 74.1

Women playing in the Friday Haggle will now receive four extra shots.


The Stroke Indexes have been reviewed to take into account the introduction of the extended third hole.

We have reviewed hole statistics over a six-month period and the changes should be in effect for this weekend.

At this stage we have assessed where we feel the third hole fits and this will reviewed again in June once we have three months records of actual play on the hole.

By the way a message from Darren Markin:

I have been taking lots of photographs of birds in the Paihia / Te Haumi area, several of which were taken on/around WGC. These canvas photographs are presently on display in the Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi. Members are welcome to go and view - in the reception area at the hotel.

UPDATE - January 2016


The Golf Programme book is with the printers and we hope to have it ready for members in the next two weeks.

A copy of the full year programme is now posted on the Club web site.

We have also attached a copy of the January and February programme for the Men, Women and 9 Hole golfers to enable members to plan their golf.


With the summer season about to close the first Men’s Trophy of 2016 was won by Daniel Palanganeau on Sunday 24 January. Daniel won the Nelson & Simich Summer Cup, which is awarded to the player with the best seven stableford scores on Sundays over the summer season.

Daniel scored 284 points, comfortably ahead of John McKiernan on 262 and Bob Crawley 257.

The next Trophy to be handed out will be the Jack Dickie Memorial, which concludes on Friday 29 January. This competition is also played over the summer season and is awarded to the player with the best seven stableford rounds in the Friday Haggle. There was a shift in the lead last Friday as Rob Green scored 39 points on the day and leap-frogged over Kevin Strawbridge to sit in first place with 282 points. It looks like a two man race with Kevin sitting on 278 and the nearest competitors Dave Winslow and Peter Rhodes on 262. There is a dark horse lurking in the shadows, Bob Ash – a man with known form – has yet to post his seventh card and a good round could put Bob in contention.


We are keen to reinstate the Club Opening Day as a mixed fixture and welcome as many members as possible to participate. This is a great opportunity for new members to come along and meet everyone.

The format will be teams of four players with the best three stableford scores counting on each hole. The Men will play from the White tees and the Women will play the Yellow tees.

We will organise the teams, so please arrive and hand your cards in by 9am and be ready for a 9.30am start.


The Wednesday Ladies Opening Day is 3rd February and will be an Ambrose, the Sunday Ladies Opening Day is on Sunday 7th February.

Men’s Opening Day is Sunday 7th February and the season kicks off with the first round of the Presidents Trophy.