Celebrations plans were seven under

Wanaka Golf Club

Wānaka’s golf club has announced it is postponing its centennial celebrations – by seven years.


In a message to Wānaka Golf Club members president David Smallbone revealed that in researching the history of the club, which held a 75th Jubilee in 1997, “we were concerned that was not in fact the correct timing”.

A club committee had been set up to organise the celebrations.

Further sleuthing threw up more questions and “due to the uncertainty surrounding all this” it had been resolved to cancel the formal 2022 centennial and adopt the date of the club’s incorporation - March 18, 1929, “as the date from which to formally celebrate future milestones”.


Golf was first played in Wanaka on the Common, now Pembroke Park, in 1911 and a course was built that year.

David Smallbone said a 1922 newspaper advised: "an attempt is being made to revive golf at Wanaka and a meeting of those interested was held recently". 

“There is no follow up on this that can be found - in 1927 we know golf moved to the present location of the front 9,” he said.


The club will go ahead with plans to produce a book on the history of the sport in Wanaka next year. It will probably be launched with a golf tournament and an “appropriate social occasion for past & present members in celebration of that history”.


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