Karori Golf Club

Friday Flash

Dear Member

Imagine if the TV news each night was leading with “another death in the Karori Golf Club cluster”. It would be both tragic and ruinous for members, and ultimately the club.

Those are the headlines we are looking to avoid as the course reopens at level three. And that’s why this week’s Friday Flash is full of DON’T, DON’T, DON’Ts. 

First the cuddly stuff. Thanks so much for your patience and continuing to pay your subs while play was not possible. Now we need you ALL to follow the Government guidelines around level three.

Karori Golf Club has a list of 20 Government imposed regulations to follow, and we won’t bore you with them all here, but they are very specific - laws, essentially.

So please, please, please do all you can to follow the instructions. Not doing so puts yourself, and others at risk. 

There have been those who questioned the committee holding back a decision to open. Rest assured all committee decisions are made for the good of the club, and the good of the members.

Sadly, there have been those over the past two months who have chosen to ignore or laugh off the Covid-19 rules, which was concerning to the committee, who were then prompted to be careful.

So now there is a matter of TRUST. Members are being trusted to do the right thing.

Read the restrictions below and follow them. Please DO NOT try to get around them, this advice comes not from the committee but the Prime Minister, the Minister of Sport, MBIE and the head of Golf New Zealand, Dean Murphy.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spots an illegal golf bubble on the 4th green.

It is their rules the club will enforce stringently, as we are legally obliged to.

New Zealand is nearly there. Karori Golf Club is nearly there. Just a few more patience, careful weeks lie in the way. 


Members should not put themselves at risk by playing the course. ‘At risk people’ (including those over 70) may need to take extra measures to protect themselves.


  • Only financial club members can play.

  • You may play on your own or in your “bubble” as constituted under Covid Level 3 requirements. No ‘golfers bubbles may be formed’. 

  • you MUST make a booking via the Dot Golf system no later than 5pm the day before you wish to play. For health and tracing, no play is allowed without a registration via the Dot Golf system. 

  • Only one booking per member may be held at any one time. Adrian Porter will oversee all bookings. If you don’t have a booking you will be asked to leave.

  • Arrive ready to play and leave immediately after play.

  • Play will be monitored by greenkeepers, and committee members. 

  • With such small groups, there will be stress on the course access. On Saturdays and Sundays it’s only nine holes, teeing off at holes 1 or 10. On weekdays 18 holes will be allowed - teeing off at the 1st only.

  • Tee starting times are 8am until 2pm. Each time slot is 10 minutes apart, with one slot at 20 past the hour reserved for a “bubble”.

  • The main gates (only point of entry and exit) will be opened at 7.45am and close at 4pm (don’t meander if you’re in the 2pm slot!)

  •  The clubhouse will be closed, as will all toilets (go at home or suffer!!), the practice green, fairway, net, ball washers and drinking fountain. 

  • Don’t uses the seats around the course, don’t use carts 

  • Don’t get within two metres of other players who aren’t in your bubble. Don’t hug the greenkeepers out of relief, or pat their dogs.

  • Play to the hole in the centre of each green, where the hole cup will be inverted. 

  • No flagsticks or bunker rakes on the course. Please smooth out bunkers as well as you can

  • No scorecards will be provided, no scores can be entered.

FRIDAY FOTOS -- who did this artwork?

  1. Picasso

  2. McCahon

  3. One of the Shirties?


You’ll be itching to get outside, so we have a deal for you. We are planning a Post Lockdown Clean Up, and not only with hand sanitiser!


RE OPENING AMBROSE. We’re looking at 9 holes. Tim Richards and Kevin Norquay are plotting a lockdown themed tournament, with the clubrooms renamed the Covid 19th Hole for the day.


Do you know a member who lives alone, and is struggling to get groceries? Are you a member who lives alone, and craves a chat? Karori Golf Club is more than just about golf, we’re a community and we look after each other. If you know someone who could need help, or if you need help, get in touch. Our members are our greatest resource, we have access to a broad range of skills, and many caring people. Together, we are stronger.


Karori Golf Club
(04) 476-7337
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