It was a wonderful accolade for our club to be awarded "The NZ Golf Club of the Year" for 2018. This was an amazing, incredible, mind blowing accolade for our club!!!! There are 390 golf clubs in New Zealand!
This was a hotly contested award with many entries. Three were deemed to be outstanding and we won the final accolade. The judging panel consisted of eight judges, two from NZ Golf, Phil Tautarangi, Brendon Telfer, a PGA representative and representatives from the advertising and business community.
The award was judged across seven criteria. 1. Participation, 2. Equity, 3.Club Programmes, 4. Coaching, 5 NZGolf/GMNAZ Tools, 6. Financial Performance and 7. Governance Strength.
As Kevin and I completed the nomination it bought home to us again the incredible amount of work and effort that has been put in by so many people to get our club to the position it is now in. Secondly by delivering on our strat line of "The Friendliest Golf Club in the Top of the South" we really do have the opportunity to differentiate ourselves. To all our Club Officials, the Greenkeepers and Catering staff, and all of our volunteers who assist us in so many ways, thanks heaps. I was proud to attend the NZ Open in Queenstown and accept the award on behalf of you all.
It would be quite simple for us to sit back and bask in the glory of this award. But that is simply not our way. We continue to innovate in the way we do things, to ensure we do all we can for both our members and Green Fee players. While we won the "Club of the Year" just as important to us is our course. We are relentless in our approach to make our course as good as it possibly can be. We know it is a true test of golf and a challenge that players enjoy. The many accolades we receive about the quality of our course is really gratifying. We know we are getting more players playing our course because of its excellent reputation and secondly by the many players from around New Zealand who return.
To our members, thanks for your ongoing enthusiasm and commitment to our club!
To our visitors, enjoy our course and our hospitality! If you play to your handicap you should be well pleased with yourself.
Cheers and good golfing