Course Information

The historic Balmacewen Course is widely recognised as one of the country's finest.

It provides players with a unique blend of links and parkland golf.

Expansive views of the City of Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula and the surrounding hills await its players.

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The historic Balmacewen Course is widely recognised as one of the country's finest.

It provides players with a unique blend of links and parkland golf.

Expansive views of the City of Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula and the surrounding hills await its players.

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Hole 1 - Gums

A par five and an excellent opening hole, which requires a well-positioned tee shot, preferably in the centre or on the right hand side of a wide fairway. The left side should be avoided at all costs as it is heavily guarded by trees and a substantial drop down to the 18th fairway, usually resulting in a short pitch back into play.

The second level of the fairway can be comfortably reached by the better strikers but they may well have to contend with an uncomfortable lie thus gaining little advantage. The green is reachable but the player is required to move the ball considerably from left to right to avoid a substantial block of trees to a well-guarded green.

In general play, the ideal position for the approach is on the centre or left of the fairway with a short to mid-iron to the green. A water hazard protects the right side thirty metres from the green and if missed on the left side the angle of approach can often prove difficult.

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253
 
287
 
294
 
297

 

Hole 2 - Flagstaff

An uphill par four, which requires a well-positioned tee shot landing on the right side of the fairway. Both sides are guarded by trees and from 150 metres off the tee the fairway slopes markedly from right to left.

The approach shot is to an elevated green guarded by a grass bunker short left and a steep drop on the left side and through the green. Players have the option of running the ball in from the right hand side. In windy conditions club selection can vary considerably on this hole. The green is fast and in many cases players often struggle to realise that they are in fact above the hole.

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260
 
263
 
273
 
286

 

Hole 3 Goodwins

Hole 3 - Goodwin's

A short par four and decision time for the better strikers. From an elevated tee, the green can be driven but with the following factors to be considered: out of bounds down the entire left side and at the back of the green, trees and uncontrolled rough ten metres from the fairway on the left and a large number of trees on the right. A bunker guards the fairway short left and bunkers and testing rough surround the green. Those who play safe are left with a short pitch to the green with a number of difficult pin positions available so the angle to the flag is important. The green is a very interesting shape and among the best on the Course. Reading the green is by no means easy and with several double movements, the pace requires good judgement.

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333
 
345
 
353
 
359

 

Hole 4 Bishops Court

Hole 4 - BishopsCourt

A par four, which like the adjacent 5th hole, is influenced by the wind. The tee shot can be positioned centre or right for safety although most pin positions are best approached from the left side of the fairway, which is protected by a water hazard running almost the length of the hole. An accurate approach is required to negotiate the tight right to left sloping entrance to the green. The large green is well guarded by bunkers.

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371
 
354
 
364
 
373

 

Hole 5 Balmacewen

Hole 5 - Balmacewen

The drive should be directed down the right side of the fairway, which slopes toward the water hazard encountered on the previous hole. There is a premium on accuracy for both the tee and approach shots as the right hand side has uncontrolled rough running its entire length fifteen metres from the fairway edge.

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285
 
322
 
337
 
349

 

Hole 3 Goodwins

Hole 6 - Wilson's

The 6th hole is No 1-stroke index for Men and is a testing medium length, uphill par four, which dog-legs to the left 200 metres from the tees. Trees on the left and right and two fairway bunkers are very much in play.

The second shot requires accuracy and good club selection onto a two-level green, as a deep greenside bunker protects the front of the green. A ball hit to the left will kick down the hill into positions, which often incur a difficult shot back into play. Conversely the right side of the green is well protected by bunkers.

Club selection to the green is crucial as the ball is best kept below the flagstick. The green is treacherous and demands respect. Putting and chipping from above the hole is challenging as the green slopes sharply from back to front.

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102
 
108
 
139
 
255

 

Hole 3 Goodwins

Hole 7 - Wakari

The first of the par 3 holes on the Course. A mid to long iron will probably be necessary to hit the green from the blue tee, which plays with an awkward right to left angle. From the white and yellow tees the hole is more benign but there is reward for being up to the hole from all tees.

The green slopes away severely at the front and is bunkered on both sides. Failure to take enough club is a common problem on this hole, which in windy conditions plays longer than the distance on the scorecard.

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268
 
268
 
277
 
280

 

Hole 3 Goodwins

Hole 8 - Ridge

A short par four, reachable for the top player but with little margin for error. Well-positioned trees and an awkwardly sloping terrain call for a well executed approach shot. Bunkers front right and left and a steep drop on the right hand side and the back of the green make it one of the most important approach shots on the Course.

The green is fast from back to front and the player must be aware of their position on the green. This hole rewards good course management and requires respect.

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341
 
341
 
356
 
371

 

Hole 3 Goodwins

Hole 9 - Camel's Back

The 9th and 10th holes add a touch of "Links Golf "to the Course. The 9th is a par four with a blind tee-shot open to the elements to a very undulating fairway. Knowledge of the flag position is important for positioning the ball from the tee. Normally a slight favouring of the right side will allow a good look at the green.

The approach shot will be a mid-short iron to a green that slopes away from the player and is bunkered on both sides and surrounded by difficult rough.

An interesting green, which requires careful study as it contains peculiarities in both pace and slope. This is one of the most interesting greens and holes on the Course.

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304
 
320
 
355
 
360

 

Hole 3 Goodwins

Hole 10 - Monastery

The 10th hole is a par 4 and requires a drive over a steep hill favouring the left side as the fairway slopes gently from left to right. A difficult hole for the club player from the championship tee, as they must carry the ball in excess of 200 metres to clear the hill.

The approach shot for those who made it to the top of the hill is a long to medium iron to find a narrow green, which is cut into a bank. The green angles diagonally left to right across the line of the approach shot and care must be taken as steep banks make chipping difficult from both sides of the green. Most players prefer to feed the ball in short left and allow for the natural run on to the green.

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307
 
321
 
341
 
359

 

Hole 11 The Glen

Hole 11 - The Glen

The Glen is the signature hole on the Course and at various times in history has ranked as one of the best in the world. In 1935, the inimitable Gene Sarazen was found wanting after he managed to put three balls out of bounds before playing a more conservative long iron onto the fairway. The great Arnold Palmer played this hole in direct contrast in 1966. In an exhibition game, Palmer drove his ball the full 370 metres to the heart of the green and from a tee at least 50 metres behind that used by Sarazen. He proceeded to two putt for a birdie and halve with Sir Bob Charles, his opponent on the tour.

An accurate tee shot on this hole is required. Out of bounds and a creek guard the entire left side of the fairway and bush and trees the right side. Into a northerly wind, it requires a well struck ball to reach the wide fairway, with less difficulty from the club tees.

In calm conditions a medium-short iron will be required too find the green, which slopes away from the player with out of bounds to the left and large bunkers guarding each side of the green.

The green is large, long and narrow with a difference of up to three clubs required from front to rear, dependent on conditions.

lt from both sides of the green. Most players prefer to feed the ball in short left and allow for the natural run on to the green.

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132
 
142
 
148
 
155

 

Hole 12 The Mount

Hole 12 - The Mount

An attractive par 3 with a call once again for accuracy. A medium iron will be required to find this target green. Two large pines protect the right side short of the green preventing excessive right to left movement and there is also a large bunker on the right side of the green. The left side is definitely a danger although a bunker will save you from the major trouble being a stand of trees and a steep bank, which slopes to out of bounds.

The green is long and narrow and contains several interesting movements especially at the front and the championship pin position, which is back left.

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260
 
263
 
273
 
286

 

Hole 13 Tipperary

Hole 13 - Tipperary

A par 5, which is on three levels and one of the most attractive holes on the Course. The number 1 stroke index for Ladies. A well-struck drive can roll down the steep slope to the second level offering a chance of reaching the green in two. Otherwise, the top of the hill offers the best position. Care is required with the second shot as out of bounds controls the left side and trees protect the wayward shot to the right. The sloping green tends to be very fast and care is necessary with any putt from the side or above the hole.

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308
 
357
 
381
 
404

 

Hole 14 McGlashan's

Hole 14 - McGlashan's

A sharp dogleg and sloping fairway playing to a slightly elevated green makes this hole very difficult. The line from the tee will allow some of the dogleg to be attacked depending on tee placement. Trees and a water hazard plus a large area of uncontrolled rough heavily protect the corner of the dogleg.

The approach shot with a long iron from a sloping fairway also has to deal with the water hazard on the right and out of bounds on the left. The green is built on a slight elevation and protected by bunkers on both sides and front. A steep bank to the right of the green penalises any wayward approach shot.

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114
 
145
 
159
 
186

 

Hole 15 Pagoda

Hole 15 - Pagoda

A testing par 3 from the championship tee, this hole requires a long iron to carry the full 186 metres over a gully to the front of the green. From the club tee this hole is less demanding but the penalty for straying can be severe especially on the left, which drops away to an area of trees and rough and invariably a bad lie. Bunkers protect the front of the green (20 metres short) and both sides of the green. The right side is tree lined but less of a problem.

The green is fast with two levels and offers an array of very interesting pin positions.

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249
 
249
 
255
 
267

 

Hole 16 Manuka

Hole 16 - Manuka

The first of two short par 4’s, and for the lower handicappers the 16th hole is an excellent driving hole reachable from the tee. The drive takes you over a wide gully to the left of the fairway or the ball can be moved right to left over the one fairway bunker protecting the right side. Trees and a lateral hazard protect the entire left side and the green drops sharply on both sides. There are bunkers on both sides of the front of the green.

The option of laying up will leave only a short pitch to the green and a good birdie opportunity.

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252
 
289
 
300
 
325

 

Hole 17 Roy's

Hole 17 - Roy's

A newly constructed green has added further challenges to this dog-leg par 4, played from elevated tees. Trees and a lateral hazard guard the entire left side and fairway bunkers protect the right side. The fairway slopes slightly to the left so line of play is very important.

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351
 
336
 
358
 
383

 

Hole 18 Spion Kop

Hole 18 - Spion Kop

Commemorating a battle fought in the Boer War in 1900, this par 4 requires a long drive favouring left of centre as the fairway slopes slightly to the right. A fairway bunker on the right will not hinder many. The most important factor is to allow a good angle to the flagstick. The approach shot will vary considerably depending on the flag position especially when the top level of the green is in use.

Anything slightly short will run back to the front surround. Bunkers protect front left and right sides.

This is a difficult finishing hole and one that plays a lot longer than its recorded length.

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