New holes pass test

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:46 30/10/2012
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TEEING OFF: New Zealand under-19 champion and Titahi Golf Club member Te Rongopai Clay tees off on the new sixth hole at her home club on October 12.

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Titahi Golf Club members have been letting rip on the course's two new holes.

The new par 4 fifth hole and par 3 sixth have been years in the making, course maintenance and development co-ordinator Tom Campbell says. They cost $70,000 and were completed earlier this year.

The day before the new holes were christened by more than 50 members and invited guests on October 12, Campbell walked them with Kapi-Mana News.

"It's a long iron shot, you don't want to go long," he observed about the sixth.

This 164-metre hole has views to die for, which Campbell and other members hope to be a selling point to potential new members. On a clear day, the short walk between the tee and green offer views of the South Island to the right, while a turn of the head has players looking towards Porirua Harbour. Before this, the fifth hole teed off towards the transmitter tower.

The second stroke is a blind one to a green that has out-of- bounds close by over the back. It's an uphill walk into a prevailing wind, the hole running about 300 metres.

Under the new course alignment the seventh, eighth and ninth play differently, the latter now a tough finishing par 4.

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