Golf has been played on The Coast for over 100 years and in that time there have been a number of very different and variable condition golf courses established.
With a population of only 32 000 - and 8.... yes that's right - 8 golf courses spread amongst it, you will most certainly be spoilt for choice when you do come to the Coast for a round or two. With a variety of different fairways and courses available - you may want to take a few extra days to "go another round" if not only on the green, perhaps then in one of our many local Hotels and bars.
In the north of The Coast is Karamea, a neat little 9-hole links course that is situated in the sand dunes right on the beach just north of the village. The hospitality here is legend and the couple of tournaments that are played there each year are very popular with Coast golfers. Not long but the sort of tricky holes that can bite you in the 'you-know-what' quickly, especially if the wind is coming off the sea, and it must be said that's not all that unusual.
Address: Oparara Road, Karamea
Contact: Peter Gibson
Phone: 03 7826123
The Westport Golf Club is situated at Carters beach 7km's south of Westport. The course is playable all year round due to its sand base and can provide a stern yet enjoyable test for golfers of all abilities.
The course is an excellent links-style 18 hole par 72 golf course of 5617m for the Men and 5039m for the Ladies. A warm welcome awaits you and the course is seldom crowded.
Green Fees are $25
Green fee players with a current NZ golf handicap are more than welcome to join the club members in a match of the day event.
Address: Marine Parade, Westport
Contact: Joy Forsyth
Phone: 0064 3 7898132
The Westport Mini-golf course is on-site at 37 Domett street Westport. The mini golf course is 18 holes set around original West Coast native bush and is themed on places of interest within the Buller District such as Karamea, Denniston, Carters Beach, Buller Gorge and the Town Centre (wishing well) etc. This mini golf course is huge fun - but is challenging and usually takes about 1 hour to play.
The cost is $6-00 per adult and $4-00 per child per game. The course is open everyday of the year from 9am to 8 pm in summer and 9am to 5.30 pm in winter (as it then becomes- adventure golf in the dark).
Address: 37 Domett Street, Westport
Contact: Margaret Montgomery
Phone: 0064 3 7897043
A twelve hole par 72 course (yardage 6,026). Easy walking with tree lined fairways and creeks featuring on 6 holes. Fairways and greens well grassed. The course is beautifully set amoung the hills and is sheltered from strong winds. The club house is open Sunday during club days with snacks and bar service. Changing and shower facilities.
Green fee's are $10
Reefton Golf Course
Andersons Road, Reefton
Contact: Heather Baker
Phone: 03 7328067
A private course situated next to Caledonian Creek on Atarau Road, Blackball. This quaint country golf course has recently been reduced in size due to the establishment of the Kiwi Sanctuary which now boarders the golf course.
There are currently 9 tees to 3 greens. Open 7 days, although Trevor recommends a phone call beforehand. Green fees are a smashing $5
Address: 51 Atarau Road, Atarau
Contact: Trevor Johnston
Phone: 0064 3 732 3820
9 Hole Country Golf Course - (opened November 2007.) Situated at Lake Brunner Accommodation, 2046 Arnold Valley Road, Moana, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
The serenity of this country course with native trees and birdlife has its own special appeal. Lake Brunner Golf Course is surrounded by lush native bush with idyllic views of distant mountains in a natural rural environment. The location makes for a beautiful, peaceful setting.
Members of the public are welcome to enjoy a round of golf and club hire is available. The course is suitable for all levels of player. Par's range from 3-5. The golf course is open 7 days for visitors and casual players wanting to enjoy a fun game of golf in a relaxing environment.
Address: 2046 Arnold Valley Road, Moana
Contact: Craig & Stacey
Phone: 64 3 7380646
We have a picturesque, well-presented 18 hole course situated just 5 kms out of Greymouth.
Green fees: $20 per round or part round.
Hire clubs available: $10 (with trundler)
Golf cart available for hire: $20 (subject to availability)
Address: Rochfort Road, Kaiata, Greymouth
Contact: Debbie Collings
Phone: 64 3 768 5332
Hokitika Golf Club has an 18 hole true links course that lies in the sand dunes just south of Hokitika (on the road to The Glaciers, Haast and points south.) Most of the holes run parallel with the beach with the exception of two par threes which play away from the beach.
The course has 3 par fives and 4 par threes for a par of 71 which is for the most part free of trees but has well tended bunkers on most holes for the slightly wayward. A par 72 Hokitika can present itself in a variety of moods, from benign and friendly on fine, windless days to harsh and unforgiving when the wind blows up or down The Coast.
While the greens putt very well visitors will find reading some of the breaks a real challenge with a number of the greens having quite severe right-to-left slopes. The 14th green is a very large green that shares as the practice putting green but has the added hazard of a bunker in it. Good idea NOT to play to the right on your approach!!
One true reward of playing Hokitika is the view of the majestic Southern Alps, in particular Aorangi, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, clearly seen down several fairways on any of the beautifully fine days The Coast is famous for.
Contact: Geoff Day
Phone: +64 3 7558796
A picturesque country 9 hole golf course in Whataroa - the gateway to South Westland. The golf course is open 7 days and visitors are very welcome. Club days are on Sundays and there is twilight golf on Thursday evenings during daylight saving hours. Whataroa is also the best place to see the rare native White Heron (Kotuku). You can visit the nearby Waitangiroto Sanctuary on a guided tour and there is also an excellent 10-minute walk here with informative panels that tell you about native wetlands.
Address: Main road, Whataroa
Contact: Fiona Deans
Phone: +64 3 753 4188