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Hole 1 - Barfoot & Thompson

Pro Tip

A short par 5 to start - for the longer hitters the right-hand fairway bunkers can come into play, so 3 wood can be a good option just to get your round started.

Driver for higher handicappers is sensible to play, and anywhere on the left side of the fairway is ideal because trees on the right around the 135-meter marker can come into play.

Greenside bunkers left and right.

DISTANCE 410M 401M 391M
PAR 5 5 5
STROKE 16 16 8

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Akarana Temporary Local Rule

R&A 8E-3 – Free relief

Purpose. When occasional local abnormal conditions might interfere with fair play, the affected parts of the course can be defined as ground under repair. But adverse conditions such as heavy snows, spring thaws, prolonged rains or extreme heat can sometimes damage the course or prevent use of heavy mowing equipment. 

When such conditions are widespread on the course, the Committee can choose to adopt a Local Rule for relief to allow fair play or help protect the fairway. Such a Local Rule should be withdrawn as soon as conditions allow. 

The use of this Local Rule outside the fairway in the general area is not recommended as it may result in a player receiving free relief from areas where a ball might otherwise be unplayable (such as in areas of bushes or trees). 

For guidance on when and how this Local Rule may be used in order for scores to be submitted for handicapping purposes, consult the rules or recommendations contained within the Handicap System operating in the local jurisdiction.  [NZ Golf consulted: 28 January 2020].


Akarana: Temporary Local Rule [see R&A 8E-3]

When a player's ball lies on the “own mown” fairway being played; the player may take free relief once by Marking, lift, clean and placing the ball within 15cm, no closer to the hole. 

  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball. 
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point.
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area: 
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and 
    • Must be in the general area. 
  • NB       There are abnormal course conditions on the right of the 13th.
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