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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.

Beginners Class:

Do you know of anyone who may be interested in starting golf? We will start a Beginners Class in July, if we can get at least 4 beginners interested.

It will cost $60.00 for 4 one-hour lessons over 4 weeks. It is planned to start Wednesday 2 July 2014, at 9.30am to 10.30am.

The classes will be run by Mitchell at the Pro Shop. For more details please contact Mitchell or myself.

The Update Friday 23rd May

Thank you to all of you who helped spread bark at the 12th on Tuesday. The area looks great!


Work on the new 3rd green commenced on Thursday 22/5 and a great deal has been achieved. The green surface has been shaped and grassy bunkers formed at the back. Work to complete the job will see bunkers to the right of the green and battering of the edges.

This work would not have been possible without the donations received so far.

It would be great to finish this project but we need another 100 members to join. Future money is not going to be used just for the course, the car park needs fixing and the clubhouse is in need of maintenance.

Each time we finish these tasks we improve our club, not only for us the members, but also to help towards attracting green fees and players returning again when they see what we have to offer.

Your donation of $200 includes a dinner at the club house for yourself and partner.

Friends of Waitangi is making a difference that will help our Golf Club maintain its standing as one of the best golfing destinations in New Zealand.

If you would like to join please see Merle at the office or Grant Hastings

Men’s Handicap Pennants

Rounds 5 and 6 brought 2 defeats for both our teams. An excellent weekend was had at Carrington, playing in their Saturday Open before the pennants matches on Sunday. Only Rob Green managed 2 wins for Waitangi 1 in a 7-2 loss to Carrington and Waitangi 2 went down by the same 7-2 to Northland 2.

I think it was Nerdy who said, “I'd like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me.”

Round 6 saw the teams at Kerikeri, with Waitangi 2 losing 5-4 to Rawene and Waitangi 1 going down a disappointing 4.5-3.5 to Okaihau.

The final round is at Waitangi on Saturday 24th May. Waitangi 2 have a bye and their season has finished, with a mid-table 4th position, out of 7 teams. Waitangi 1 need a big 8-1 (or 9-0 !!) win over Kerikeri 1, and hope Carrington

Lion Tour

The 2nd counting round of the Lion Tour was held at Northland last Saturday, in a field of 100+. Points are awarded based on net scores and the top 40 qualify for the final later in the year. Presently WGC has 4 players making the cut. The next round is at Waitangi on Saturday 7th

June, where our boys will be making a move.

The competition is open to all Waitangi members and the $25 entry fee includes skins entry and prizes of Countdown vouchers will be won by 40% of the field.

Hopefully members can get behind this event and see if we can achieve 100 entries.

Club Golf

This Sunday 25 May, we have the Northland Seniors playing against a Northland Masters Trial squad. This game is the start of a number of trials to be held here for the Northland Masters team, which will play in the Freyberg Masters here from Nov 2nd to Nov 7th2014. Trials are open to players aged 40 and over. If you are interested in trialling, please let me know.

The semi-final round of the Men’s Diggers competition will be played this Sunday.

Good Golf to Dave Hellens/Rob Hawkins V Bob Crawley/Rob Green and Marsh Tua/Ina Papera V Mark Yarrall/Grant Hastings.

Good Golf to the Weekend Ladies Pennant team who are playing against Ngunguru Ladies at Waipu this Sunday.

Congratulations to Sue Whittaker and Judy Bray who scored a combined nett of 151 to win the Nancy McCormick 36 Hole Foursome challenge earlier this month.

Our women’s team to the National Teams competition at Northern Wairoa last Sunday did not win but they had a great day. Here they are with the Wellsford team.

R to L: Judy Bray, Sharyn Smith, Marie Rambaud, Heather Thomas, Robyn and Jo Bonnington. Front: Isobel Jagger and Merle Tipene.



Don’t forget the Elaine Bledisloe Womens 72 Hole Matchplay Championship & 65 Years & Over Womens’ 36 Hole Championship on July 26  &  27  2014   

Entry Form for 72 Holes               Entry Form for 36 Holes

The Update: Thursday 12 June 2014

Women’s 18-Hole Pennants

The round which was to have been played on Monday 9 June was unfortunately postponed due to the bad weather on Monday, however they will attempt to play again on Monday 16th June.

To all players in the Vets competition, your tee time will be delayed until 9.30am.

Men’s Handicap Pennants

Amazing feedback from the last Update Pennants report regarding Nerdy’s comment about the rough/fairways – shows it’s being read !!

Well 2 more Nerdy classics in this final edition. The first was on the 10th tee at Carrington, during the Saturday Open before the Sunday Pennants. Bit of a breeze, pin on the middle left section of the green. Bob Shirley apparently hit 7 iron, Markin hit 7 iron onto the green

and Nerdy asks his partner, “think I can get there with an 8 iron ?” to which his partner replied, “Yes, eventually”.

So another Handicap Pennants season over. Waitangi 1 finished joint 4th (out of 8 teams) with 33 points and Waitangi 2 were 5th (out of 7 teams) with 23.5 points. Not the results we hoped for. Maybe we’re just not good enough away from our own course, or our course rating is too high, handicaps too low = less competitive, or maybe we simply bring out the best in our opposition. Whatever the reason, all players represented our club well and all turned up – sorry, apart from Duncan who arrived late to Northland, with a reason too

pathetic to explain.

The Pennants matches are always good fun, you meet some great people, and can only improve your golf playing competitively at different courses.

Back at Carrington …. Nerdy asks his partner, “why do you keep checking your watch, am I playing slowly ?” “Nerdy, it’s not a watch, it’s a compass.”

Thanks to all the players in both our teams. Many thanks too, to Neil Sorenson (Golf Northland) for the excellent overall organisation of the event. The North Zone final is between the 2 division winners, BOI 1 v Northland 2, at Waitangi on Sunday 22nd June.

Good luck to both teams.

We’ll have a team(s) again next year, and hopefully with some new players keen to give it a go. Nerdy, who contributed the least points for Waitangi 1, is so keen he has already put his name forward for possible selection in 2015. As someone commented, “He’ll have to be the selector then !!”

Good golfing for the rest of the season everyone.


D. Markin

The Men’s 18 Hole Open was held here on Saturday June 7th. It was a fantastic turnout, with 100 players from Maungakiekie to Whangaroa. The winner on the day was Iain Power from Northland GC with a 71 Gross.

The Final of the Men’s Diggers competition was played last Sunday. Congratulations to Mark Yarrall and Grant Hastings who beat Rob Green and Bob Crawley to take out the title.

Good Luck to the Men’s pairs who have qualified to play in the Sid Ensor pairs competition which starts this Sunday. A copy of the draw is in the outside notice board.

What’s coming up?

Sunday 15 June: We are hosting the NZ Golf Course Superintendents Association for golf and dinner.

Monday 16 June: Ladies 18-Hole Pennants

Sunday 22 June: Men’s North Zone Handicap Pennant final between Kerikeri GC and Northland GC.

Saturday 12 July: Club Mixed Day

Sat/Sun 26/27 July: Women’s Elaine Bledisloe Tournament

Would you like one of these on your vehicle???????

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

Just $20.00 a set.

Thanks Grant Hastings for another clever idea!!!

Contact Merle.

FOW (Friends of Waitangi):

Thank you, to all of you who have contributed to this fund. It’s still not too late to join!!!!!

The shaping of the 3rd green is complete; the next step will be to lay the irrigation. The Executive Board will apply to various Public Charities for assistance with funding for the irrigation.

The next FOW project is to be decided.

*****  The Pro Am was a great success - see the photos HERE  *****

The things players will do to get that very special golf ball back!!

Lovely pair of pins there Jim Whitehorn!!!!

The Update:  2nd July 2014

Hi All

I hope you are all keeping warm now that the chilly nights are here!!

Congratulations to Lynda Scott who had the perfect shot for a “Hole in One” on the 16th last Sunday.

Friends of Waitangi:

The next project decided for these funds is to repair the area of carpet in the clubhouse which is shearing, (under the bar leaners) due to sun and water damage. The Executive Board has decided to remove the worse area of the carpet and current tiles and replace the

whole area with tiles. This project is planned to be completed by early August if not sooner.

Thank you to all those who have donated to this fund, and, as always, it is never too late to join.

Board News:

Grant applications have been put in to the Oxford Trust and the NZ Community Trust for funds for irrigation fittings for the new 3rd green and to make repairs to the car park.

Permission is being sought from Waitangi National Trust to remove the macrocarpa and pine trees along the 10th and 11th side of the course. This would give both members and public a fantastic view to Russell from the 10th and clubhouse.

Pro Shop News:

Young Mitchell will be leaving us this Friday. Suddenly? Yes, but opportunity waits for no one.  Anyway if you were planning a lesson, you had better squeeze it in now!!!!!!!! Don’t forget to call up and say bye, bye.

Women’s Golf:

Unfortunately the 18 Hole Pennant match at Sherwood Park had to be postponed last Monday due to bad weather, it will now be played on Monday 14 July. The Weekend Ladies will (weather permitting), play their last competition round this Sunday at Kerikeri.

Anyone wanting to play in the Club Matchplay Champs can put their name on the entry list in the ladies locker room. Entries close 13 July 2014.

Congratulations to Ethel Campbell and Karon Stewart who beat Alison Taylerson and Isobel Jagger to win this year’ s Rosebowl Competition.

What’s Coming Up?

Saturday 12 July: Mixed Club Day.

We are planning 18 holes of Par 3’s for this day. It will be totally fun with a bit of skill required. This is open to members and their guest. The entry fee will be $15.00 p/p. The emphasis will be on the word “Fun”.

A poster will be put out shortly, but add it in to your social calendar today!!!

Sat/Sun 26/27 July: Women’s Elaine Bledisloe Tournament.

The course will be closed for this event.