Christchurch Golf Club- Shirley (Best of New Zealand Golf)

One of the oldest clubs in New Zealand presents a great round and beautiful setting for visitors to the Christchurch area.

The Christchurch Golf Club dates back to 1873 and is the second oldest golf course in the country. It has held numerous New Zealand Opens and other championship tournaments. Referred to as the Shirley Golf Course by locals, it underwent a redesign in the 1990's by Peter Thomson and today presents a beautiful setting for golf just outside of the Christchurch city center.

Christchurch GC has not only the distinction of being one of the oldest organized clubs outside of Ireland and the UK but also home of Club Patron Sir Bob Charles. In 1990, it hosted the Eisenhower Trophy for the world amateur championship.

This always beautifully maintained course leverages undulating fairways, creeks and an open layout to present a test for golfers across all levels. Large trees are spread over the course to help define fairways and allow visitors to this area a small step back in time. Enjoy a piece of New Zealand pride and history at this course!


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Customer reviews

We had a spectacular time on our trip after leaving Port Douglas and all the arrangements that you made for us came off without a hitch. All flights and transportation that you arranged were on time and we were well taken care of at all the places we went to.

The Boatshed was incredible. We met Johnathan and had a small dinner with him on our second night. We were the only guests at the hotel and he and his staff just made us feel right at home. Jack and Jen, Johnathan’s staff, took us out to a couple of wineries and we had lunch together. When we got back Johnathan treated us to dinner prepared by his own self. Fantastic.

Next up was Napier/Hastings and the Craggy Range cottage. Excellent choice for us. We were close enough to Havelock North to be able to easily drive into the town and wander around. We went and played Cape Kidnapers as well. The course was wet so no carts were allowed out. Craggy Range winery was great to us and we had dinner at Terroire. Great staff and good eats to be sure. On to Queenstown.

What a wonderfully European feel Queenstown had. Small intimate streets and people all over the place. The Spire was perfect for us. Florence greeted us and was superlative in her suggestions and ideas for us to do. We did take a plane ride out to Milford Sound and the cruise. We went wine tasting and went to Amisfield for lunch where there was a spectacular sunset. It was so good that the staff came outside to take pictures. Simply wonderful. We took the gondola ride up the hill and enjoyed a glass of champagne while we took in the view. That was our last day and really enjoyable. We left the next day and flew back home.

Again, all the arrangements you made of us came off without a hitch. I even drove on the left side of the road without incident. It’s not so bad once you figure out the roundabouts. Thanks to you and your team for setting this up. Will highly recommend this service to our friends should they need to journey down under.

Bob E & Sharyn B, San Francisco

—​Bob E & Sharyn B, San Francisco

Frank. Debi and I thank you for our wonderful trip to NZ. You and Bill are special people, and we look forward to keeping you as extended family! You are certainly welcome back anytime, and we will look forward to seeing your wonderful family if/when we get out to LA-- maybe Clippers in the playoffs? Blessings to your family.

I will get with Debi, and see which pictures make us look the youngest!  If you need any "references or testimonials" that I could share, just let me know how I can help. 

Carlan and Deb Y., Oklahoma City

—Carlan and Deb Y., Oklahoma City (2016)