Sir Bob gives lesson on new course

19:46, Nov 16 2012
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SIR BOB CHARLES: At 76 he is still giving lessons to aspiring golfers.

Golfing legend Sir Bob Charles has hit the ball around the best fairways in the world - and he gave it his best shot in Tekapo.

The 76-year-old, who is the only New Zealander to win the British Open, gave three young South Canterbury golfers a lesson at the opening of the golf course, a major feature of the Cairns subdivision.

Sir Bob had visited the course when it was being developed six months ago, but was looking forward to teeing off at the Cairns Golf Course yesterday. The views impressed him, he said.

Slightly more nervous were promising young players Jordan Green and Matthew McLean, who the Aarongi Golf Association had picked to play a round with Sir Bob.

"It's quite nerve-racking teeing off alongside such a great player," 16-year-old McLean said.

"I was surprised when they called me up to it."

Developer and farmer Andrew Simpson got underway on the Cairns subdivision nearly two years ago. So far, nine of the initial 11 lots have sold for prices ranging from $185,000 to $259,000, with the smallest lot size 750sqm and the largest 1300sqm.

Mr Simpson said the nine-hole course could eventually be turned into a full 18-hole course, depending on finances. He would not comment on how much the course had cost to develop.

"It was always the idea to have the golf course as the star attraction. It's overlooking a great spot."


The Timaru Herald