Course Layout

 

Hole 8.  A par 5 with generously wide fairways.  Ellesmere Golf Club has well-prepared fairways that are green all year round, and the free-draining sub-soil makes them playable in all weather through winter.  The pine trees now have a large gap in them following the 2013 wind storm.

 

 

Hole 9.  A long par 3.  Greens on the course are carefully tended.

 

 

Hole 5.  A dog-leg to the right means good positioning of the tee shot makes this hole a lot easier.  

 

 

Hole 5.  Max makes a long putt and impresses Ian and Dave.  The green is large, but not very deep, making for interesting approach shots.

 

 

 

15th green.  This large green has enough slope to challenge your ability to read the break.  This par 5 hole has an interesting dog leg to the right for your second shot, but negoiate that well and you will enjoy a good approach shot to the green.  Recognise the Rarotongan tan on the flagholder's legs?

 

 

Hole 10 : Par 4 Signature hole -high pine trees in the middle of the fairway to negotiate in various ways.  This is now an historical photo, as the wind storm of 2013 caused all the trees on the right of the fairway to be removed, but the three big pines in the middle reamined intact and still interupt the flight of many golf balls.

 

  

No 5: Par five-straight hit down with a narrow next neck midway.

 

  

No 10 green with the big fairway pines in the right center background.  Again, this is an historical photo, as the wind storm of 2013 has changed the appearance of this hole.

 

 

 No 11 par 3 -it just needs to be straight!  The pine trees on the right are not there now after the wind storm, but the two confifers to the right of the green still punish wayward tee shots.

 

 

 No 13 green –a long par four with pine trees on the left and right hand side within hitting distance off the tee.

 

  

The late Kevin Connell teeing off on No 17 a few years ago.  Kevin was awarded the President's Service award in 2015 in recognition of many years of voluntary work for the club, including Club Captain and mowing and maintenance on the course.

 

 

 No 17 green viewed from the 18th tee

 

 

 No 18 green viewed from the club house on a watering tournament day with the last of the field

 

  

Clubroom bound on No 18

 

 

 Practice fairway from the clubrooms

 

 

 Relaxing after the monthly watering tournament

 

 

 

Figure 13 Club day about to start from No 1