Some good news for golf in New Zealand

Given all of the tough  breaks that Christchurch, on the east coast of the South Island has endured in recent times, it is heartening to see a new golf development proceeding according to this recent article. New Zealand is truly a magnificent country with wonderful scenery, great golf, outstanding accommodations, superb wine and most importantly populated by charming, friendly people.

I have no doubt that the recent turmoil in New Zealand has affected their tourism industry. We can only hope that more good news like this in the pipeline. The recent GOLF Magazine Top 100 poll recognized Cape Kidnappers as #33 in the World as ultimately it is the cumulative effect of small pieces of information that generally help shape travelers destination of choice.

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

New Zealand’s Darkest Day

I read with sadness this morning the news that Christchurch has been hit by another earthquake just months after the last one in Septembers 2010.  While they were lucky the last time having had no fatalities, this time around the quake was not as strong, however 65 people are reported to have been killed with that number likely to rise.  

I have spent some time in the city and it is a great place with some beautiful buildings, especially the cathedral which has been hit badly.  One can only sympathise with the people of this part of the world what with cyclones, floods, earthquakes and forest fires endured in the last few months.  You can see full details of the recent earthquake by clicking here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and handles our South Pacific Programs.

New Zealand Open?

It seems the currently homeless New Zealand Open has still not found a definite residence for 2011.  The event has been staged at the fantastic Hills course just outside Queenstown since 2007, but looks unlikely to be held there again in 2011.  Recently the favourite to hold the event has been Clearwater in Christchurch which is also a great course but not in such a beautiful setting.  We will await the final decision with interest and hope the event will actually go ahead.

The Hills Golf Club
The Hills Golf Club

Queenstown and Christchurch are both located on New Zealand’s South Island and offer some great courses in addition to the Open venues.  In Queenstown there is Jack’s Point Queenstown Golf Club (Kelvin Heights) and Millbrook; while in Christchurch there is Christchurch Golf Club (Shirley) and also getting into the foothills of the Southern Alps; Terrace Downs.  Either choice makes a great destination for a golf trip or the two can be combined with the inclusion a short flight.

For further details, click here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is responsible for our South Pacific programs.

Earthquake in Christchurch

With Christchurch being a popular destination for our clients visiting New Zealand, we were very concerned about the earthquake there this weekend.  Click here for the latest news.

After being in touch with our staff in New Zealand it was good to know there have been no fatalities and the damage to most of the hotels we use has been cosmetic.  The courses also seem to have been largely unaffected. It will take a while for things to be back to normal… but it could have been so much worse.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is responsible for our South Pacific programs.