‘Gem of a course’ at Balclutha

The 19th Hole . . . Balclutha Golf Club clubhouse is fully equipped for players to relax in. PHOTO: NICK BROOK
On the move . . . A fleet of private and club golf carts at Balclutha Golf Club.


Balclutha Golf Club has been receiving many positive reviews online.

One such review on the club’s Facebook page says ‘‘My partner and I just played this gem of a course. Plenty of challenges to retain your interest on every hole. Well done to the grounds staff for the course condition — it was well maintained and fun to play. Thanks too to the club members and president who provided us with trundlers. Overall a great experience.’’

With about 150 members and room for more, the club particularly wants to encourage more women and younger players to get involved.

‘‘Pretty well everybody will give golf a try sometime, and we wouldn’t want people having to pay to find out whether they’ll got bitten by the golfing bug, so starters should feel free to come up and have a few rounds.

‘‘We find that people who do get into it are always keen to learn the etiquette and play by the rules,’’ groundskeeper and 52-year club member Ron Davis said.

Casual green fees of $20 for nine holes and $30 for 18 are payable at the clubhouse green fees box, which also lists online e-payment instructions, but novice guests of seasoned players were welcome to join in for free.

‘‘We’ve had some major infrastructure improvements with drainage and upgrades to two of the holes. We manage to do a great job on our budget,’’ Mr Davis said.

Weekends are naturally popular, and busy days include Wednesdays with afternoon tee-off at 1pm and twilight golf through the daylight saving months.

South Otago High School includes golf in its sports curriculum and is hosted at Balclutha Golf Club.

The club’s calendar features headline events such as St Patrick’s Day Fun Tournament on March 17, and the O’Malley Classic Two-day Tournament, which starts this Saturday (February 12).

Big-name sponsors are aligned with these tournaments, providing prizes to accompany the club’s trophies, along with great social events — another of Balclutha Golf Club’s strong points.

The spacious clubrooms at 27 Golfer’s Drive have a licensed bar and a well-equipped kitchen that provides fresh food. It can cater for private events and corporate golf social days.

Mr Davis, along with fellow member Reg Haar, and president Steve Balloch were proud to speak for the community the Balclutha Golf Club represents and said that whatever playing ability a visitor or local had, all club members were happy to help visitors and friends discover the social and physical wealth of golf.

Balclutha Golf Club’s website carries events, membership details and descriptions of all 18 holes along with inspiring photography, and in recent times the club has found a useful tool in Facebook.

Î Balclutha Golf Club can be contacted on 03 418 2171, www.balcluthagolfclub.com and Facebook.