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“Relaxing, enjoyable golf with hidden subtle challenges” is the way course designer and supporter Greg Turner, former touring professional and now course designer describes Cromwell golf course.
Central Otago golf is all about fun in the sun amidst some fabulous scenery and few will walk away without a relieved wry smile or grin when they reflect on how they have played.
A generous climate and terrain resembling a coastal links area mean the Cromwell course is available all year round with little weather disruption.
We are not a resort course but strive to be “The Best of the Rest”. And after you have played it we think you’ll agree the $1M development, carried out in 2010-12 has resulted in a far more challenging and interesting golf course.
Hole 1 – Junction
Par 5 – Yellow 457m, White 504m – Stroke 5
Hole 2 – Frypan
Par 4 – Yellow 286m, White 332m – Stroke 7
One of the more difficult par 4s. Longer hitters need to be wary of the right-side fairway bunker. The undulating green is protected on the left by mounds and a shoulder of Marram while a shot that is too long and right may result in your ball disappearing down the steep bank. Diverse slopes and hollows make for an interesting putting challenge. Caution is suggested.
Hole 3 – The Hump
Par 3 – Yellow 138m, White 148m – Stroke 15
Hole 4 – Longridge
Par 5 – Yellow 372m, White 471m – Stroke 1
Elevated tee positions mean tee shots fall into and across a large basin with longer drivers needing to be wary of going left and having trees block your 2nd shot. Most will play an uphill shot across the dogleg onto a wide fairway. The approach to the elevated green is across another basin so you are better to fly this, being mindful of the deep, right-side bunker. Leave your approach short and it will roll back toward you. The green itself has some steeply-sloping areas which can be punishing.
Hole 5 – Calamity
Par 3 – Yellow 127m, White 167m – Stroke 17
Hole 6 – Molyneux
Par 3 – Yellow 291m, White 348m – Stroke 9
Hole 7 – Sugarloaf
Par 4 – Yellow 269m, White 290m – Stroke 13
Hole 8 – Clutha
Par 4 – Yellow 345m, White 363m – Stroke 11
Hole 9 – Halfway House
Par 4 – Yellow 334m, White 357m – Stroke 3
Hole 10 – Virtue
Par 4 – Yellow 293m, White 323m – Stroke 14
Hole 11 – Pines
Par 5 – Yellow 375m, White 413m – Stroke 10
Hole 12 – Goodalls
Par 4 – Yellow 327m, White 333m – Stroke 4
This hole provides a generous landing area though tree trouble looms if you miss it wide either side. The green slopes upward and away meaning bold iron shots will be rewarded. Miss the green however to the right and a steep runoff will make life difficult as will the ever present marram grass to the rear if you gut your shot. The green itself offers few easy putts with steep and subtle slopes to capture those not so cautious. This is a green for well weighted thoughtful putts.
Hole 13 – Sailor
Par 4 – Yellow 275m, White 311m – Stroke 12
Hole 14 – Dunes
Par 3 – Yellow 137m, White 149m – Stroke 16
Hole 15 – Old Joe
Par 5 – Yellow 424m, White 483m – Stroke 2
Hole 16 – Hosking
Par 4 – Yellow 322m, White 357m – Stroke 8
Another hole with an exciting green. The roadside out of bounds means many will choose to aim left however a group of trees this side may leave your approach blocked. Long hitters need to be conscious of the fairway bunker on the terrace right. The second shot for many will be blind with only the top of the flag visible on a green with hollows, mounds, varying levels and some intriguing pin positions . If you don’t make the green with your second your chipping skills and imagination will be measured for sure.
Hole 17 – Waterloo
Par 3 – Yellow 100m, White 122m – Stroke 18
Hole 18 – Snakegully
Par 4 – Yellow 332m, White 372m – Stroke 6