What a great week it has been this week weather wise. Dont be put off by this morning's rain - fine weather is forecast to continue right through the weekend.

This Weekend’s Events

No events have been scheduled for this weekend, as originally we had programmed an Argentinian National Day tournament but this has been postponed to July. So just come on out, make up your own foursomes, or book into one online, and enjoy some great golfing conditions.

Our Div 5 men’s interclub team are playing their catch up round against Martinborough, at Martinborough, and have a good opportunity to finish second in the table, and a mathematical chance of winning the grade. Best of luck guys.

Upcoming Events

Next weekend is Queen’s Birthday Weekend when the course will be open for social play all weekend. The following Sunday though (ie June 9th) is the qualifying round for the Bertram Cup, our main pairs event for men and named after the owner of the farm on whose property most of the course is situated. This is a 4BBB event, played on handicap off the blue tees. Start forming your pairs now and enter them on the start sheet that will go up on the notice board tomorrow.

Recent Results

Last weekend our 3 men’s interclub teams played each other in our traditional Tin Cup wrap up to the interclub season, followed by a BBQ and team prize giving. Although it was mostly about fun, the competition was still keen, with our Div 2 team scoring a resounding win with 11 points, compared to 6.5 points for Div 5 and 4.5 for Div 9. The Div 2 team captain, Tim Richards, was therefore presented with the Beige Jacket, which as the photo shows, suited him very well, having confidently worn trousers to match. Well done to all our interclub representatives, and on the day, thanks to the Spraggs brothers for cooking the BBQ and to Sara for preparing it and all the accompaniments.

Interclub reps about to compete for Tin Cup:


Team captains battling each other on the 14th green:


Beige Jacket Wearer Tim Richards:



As most members probably know, Sara is currently living half her time on the property she bought last year on the outskirts of Carterton, and half of her time back in Makara. She has recently been offered a managerial role at the Carterton Golf Club, just along the road from her Carterton property, so tomorrow will be the last Saturday she works at Karori. She will continue to help us out mid week but if you play only on the weekends and are coming out tomorrow, take the opportunity to wish her well.

We are currently reviewing how best to cover Saturdays.

Women’s Tuesday Club

The midweek 9 hole ladies played their 5th round of their Medal competition on Tuesday with Chris Suggate being the winner with nett 35. Runner up was Ingrid Rampton on nett 36.

On Thursday the interclub team played at Paraparaumu against Manor Park coming away with a very creditable 2.5 to 1.5 win. Well done ladies!

Men’s Wednesday Club

Extremely invigorating fine conditions were " enjoyed " by 26 members of Wed Club plus a visitor Perry Schlierike from Wanganui Golf Club reconnoitering for a visit by perhaps 20 club members in a fortnights time. Well some enjoyed -- the winner David Ainsworth won with +5 followed by Mark Graham with +4 on count-back from Satish Chandra and Paul Hawkes each on +4. Saint Kennach +2, Derek Fitzgibbon +1, David Norton +1 and Mike Suggate (sq) all received balls.

At the other end of the scoring some 5 players were saved from ignominy by Gerd Warnke who won the Bunny prize!

NTP was Martin Leung who paid the pig, and the only two was scored by John Stubbe on Hole 4.

The raffle prize winners were Derek Fitzgibbon $20, Trevor Brown $10 and Mike Suggate $5.

Remember -- We play for the Jose Rebeiro Farewell Cup on 3rd July . Cheers Ian

Men’s Veterans

Beautifully crisp conditions greeted 85 Vets at Manor Park on Monday as we all attempted to emulate Brooks Koepke and crush the course taking advantage of the grey (short) tees. Some of the field did just that particularly in the Senior Division.

Div 1 Winner Andrew McKenzie (RWGC) 47pts, Followed by Roger Cooper (Wainuiomata) 44 and Neville Carson (Miramar) 43. Our Best Tim Brosnahan 40 pts was 5th.

Div 2 Winner Kerry Smith 43. Our best Arnold Buck (Ohariu) 39 - 5th and Mike Suggate also 39 - 7th on countback.

Twos (5 scored)--Tim Brosnahan. Roger Cooper (2 Twos and missed the 3rd by 1/2"-- he was our opponent!!)

NTP Div1 Dave Burton

Div 2 Tony Kwok

So Tim, Mike and Arnold won the Karori Sweep.

Other Karori/Ohariu scores:

36 Dave Ainsworth, Dave Burton and Martin Leung

35 Barry Winfield

34 Murray Ingold, Howard Livingston

33 Tony Hewitt

30 Barry Williams

29 Fergus McLean

27 Tony Kwok, Phil Whitelaw

& Graham Presland and Me who found the course tooo short for our big hitting!!!

The next event is Miramar on the 10th June -- I will call for entries the week before.

Cheers and happy hitting, Ian.

Course Upkeep

Matt and Lukas sanded the greens on Monday which will hopefully now be sufficient to see them back to their best over the coming winter. The course is looking particularly lush and green at the moment, and should stay like this until next summer. However, it is being spoilt by divot scars, which are becoming more prevalent now that the ground is getting softer. Please repair any divots you create, either by retrieving and returning the divot, or by filling the divot scar with sand. We have plenty of sand buckets at the first tee next to the sand bin, and there are further sand bins around the course from which you can replenish your buckets.

Safety Alert

With the ground getting softer, it is also getting slippery, so please take care as you navigate your way around the course. Cleated golf shoes are recommended for our slopes, but these provide no traction on hard surfaces, such as our bridges. When crossing a bridge, walk on the grated stretch down the middle of the bridge. Walk, don’t run, and don’t look for last balls from the edge of the bridge.

Early Design Map of the Course

The attached map of an early design of our course was recently rediscovered by Len and Boyd Kenna. Interestingly it is not quite how our course ended up, plus had provision for a tennis court and swimming pool. The architects, South Pacific Golf Ltd, also designed the Wairakei course just north of Taupo. Thanks Boyd for sharing it with us.

Entertainment Books – Free Postage if Ordered on Line this Weekend

If you are keen on a hard copy of the 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Book but are not expecting to be out at the club for some time to pick one up, free postage is being offered for on line purchases this weekend. Note that the club earns $13 for every purchase, irrespective of whether it is on line or from the clubhouse shop, or whether it is a hard copy or a digital version. Click here to order!

Happy golfing, play safely,

Your KGC Committee