The Club
In February 1972 a bunch of golfing enthusiasts met with the purpose of developing a golf course on a narrow finger of crown land at Ohope between the ever-changing Pacific Ocean and the beautiful, unspoilt Ohiwa Harbour. For the next three years these original members of the newly inaugurated Ohope Golf Club cleared the land by hand or with whatever machinery they could beg, steal or borrow.
The course was officially opened on 13 April 1975 with a membership of 68, the course itself a very rough nine holes and the clubhouse a small cottage. Within 10 years club numbers had swelled to 250 and a new clubhouse had been built by members providing labour and donating material and services. The course had also been extended to 18 holes and the club now felt confident in asserting itself to be the Ohope International Golf Club capable of hosting Championship tournaments.
From such humble beginnings the course and its clubhouse facilities have been constantly upgraded and superbly maintained, attracting the accolades of many golfing aficionados. Golf professional and course architect Greg Turner has acclaimed the course to have ‘a seaside terrain as dramatic as anything in the British Isles’ and recently the New Zealand Golf Digest rated the course as number 20 in its survey of the top golf courses in New Zealand. Their description of the course, more than any other words, best describes the experience being offered to the golfer: ‘a hidden gem…a gorgeous seaside links course, with bumpy terrain and incredible sea views, the course is natural, raw and rustic’. Little wonder the course has quickly become a destination for visiting national and international golfers.
However, the club is not just about golf. A recent refurbishment of the clubrooms lounge and an upgrade of the kitchen facilities has ensured that the clubhouse has become a premier destination for weddings, corporate functions and social occasions.
Whatever the reason for your visit to our golf course, the friendly members and dedicated staff at Ohope International Golf Club look forward to welcoming you.
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541 Harbour Rd, PO Box 3037, Ohope 3121
07 312 4486