A new golf challenge tees off

RUTH KEBER
Last updated 16:38 29/10/2012
Karori golf
RUTH KEBER
Chip champs: Scottie Dunkerley, front, Sue Murray and Alan Thomson during a practice round on the new pitch and putt course at Karori Golf Club.

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Wellington's first pitch and putt golf course is to open later this month.

Karori Golf Club in Makara will host the Goldfields Pitch and Putt mini golf course, which is suitable for all golfers from beginners to seasoned players.

Club vice president Alan Thomson said the idea was to promote a quick and affordable golf option for Wellingtonians and visitors.

He said people were often keen to try the sport, but did not have the ability to play a full round of golf.

"Half the time, people want to come and play golf but can't."

The course, comprising 10 holes, is less than one kilometre long and should take about half an hour to complete.

Mr Thomson said he had taken part in many corporate golf days in which everyone was keen to begin with, but then struggled to complete the course.

"They hit the ball the first time, but then miss, miss and miss. Here it is made easy and achievable."

Mr Thomson said the golf course used to be the location of several gold mines in the early 1800s and that the course greens were named after some of the mines.

Each hole would feature a historic plaque either about gold mining in the area or a local history theme.

The pitch and putt course might also play a part in making Makara an enticing destination for Wellingtonians on weekends.

Mr Thomson said Wellingtonians often headed for the Rimutakas for a weekend in the Wairarapa, but were missing out on what was in their own back yard.

He said the Karori club would look at introducing twilight pitch and putt in summer.

Pitch and putt fees for adults are $8 a round and $5 for students and pensioners.

Meanwhile, Karori Golf Club's City of Wellington Classic takes place on Saturday, November 3.

The 18-hole tournament is expected to draw a field of about 80.

The Karori club was founded in 1911 and has moved around several times since. It has been sited in Makara since 1969 and the City of Wellington Classic has been played every year since.

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- The Wellingtonian

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