Urenui joins the club at mighty Mission Hills

Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012

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Professional golfer John Garner, a former Ryder Cup player, has presented the Urenui Golf Club with a reciprocal agreement from Mission Hills China, the world's largest golf club.

The club boasts 12 signature courses and two five-star hotels.

Garner has been teaching there for the past two years.

His latest assignment involved taking a group of 15 people for a luxury golfing holiday.

One of the highlights of the trip was playing against club members in a Ryder Cup style match, which the Kiwis won, but only after a playoff.

It was after the match that members of the Chinese club's management invited Garner's club Urenui to become a reciprocal member, an honour enjoyed by only three other New Zealand clubs - Muriwai, Mt Maunganui, and Christchurch.

Mission Hills Golf Resort held the recent HSBC World Golf Championship event on the famous Olazabal course, the group were taken around the championship course by Iain Roberts the head professional and chief executive for the golf operation.

"I'd never seen a course so groomed," Garner said.

"I kept looking for a weed but I never found one."

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